Austinites should prepare their appetites now that L’Oca d’Oro has officially opened their doors to the public this month. L’Oca d’Oro Executive Chef Fiore Tedesco and General Manager Adam Orman are bringing contemporary Italian cuisine that blends old world tradition with modern technique to the Mueller neighborhood, beginning with dinner service Wednesday through Monday starting at 5 p.m.
“Fiore and I have been working towards this together for four years and thinking about it separately for 20. I’m thrilled to finally be serving folks in our new home with our new family,” said Orman.
L’Oca d’Oro has been a well-known name among Austin foodies in the know since 2013, when they started hosting pop-up dinners and private events in the Austin area. Now, the team is bringing their culinary vision to the masses with the opening of its first full service restaurant. Chef Tedesco brings a strong culinary portfolio to L’Oca d’Oro, with more than a decade of experience at renowned restaurants such as Roberta’s and The Gramercy Tavern in New York and Franklin’s BBQ and Bufalina in Austin.
L’Oca d’Oro, which means “golden goose” in Italian, was inspired by Chef Tedesco’s daughter’s nickname, “Lucy Goose.” Chef Tedesco will present a variety of Italian dishes in individual or family-style formats. Using only carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients, many items served will be made in-house such as pasta created from freshly milled grains, bread, cheese, vinegars and liqueurs.
“My grandparents were working class Italian immigrants. They made the most elegant simple food out of very humble ingredients. I remind myself about this every day,” said Tedesco. “In essence, this is the goal of our cuisine.”
The restaurant will offer several delicious wood grill options, and several will be featured as family-style entrees, such as mangalitsa porchetta with dandelion and salsa verde. A variety of house-made pasta dishes will be offered in family-style or individual portions, including bucatini aglio e olio with garlic and breadcrumbs. Additionally, the restaurant presents a dedicated children’s menu, including Amelie’s Zucchini Boats and Flannery’s Kitty Crunch, which were handpicked through a children’s coloring contest in partnership with the Thinkery children’s museum. The restaurant will introduce lunch and brunch service in the fall.
L’Oca d’Oro also touts a robust drink selection, featuring an excellent collection of primarily Mediterranean wines focused on lighter, brighter varietals to pair with the restaurant’s cuisine. With all of these tantalizing options, you can expect Texas Lifestyle Magazine to have a full report soon.