First Look: Winflo Osteria

Mentioned here, Winflo Osteria opened its doors in Clarksville last week. Judging by the packed house on Tuesday evening, Winflo is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and at first glance, it is easy to see why. Housed in a renovated bungalow dating back from the 20s, Winflo Osteria’s preopening facelift created a space that is warm yet modern. When visiting, make a point to take advantage of the expansive outdoor seating on the Prosecco-perfect front patio and catwalk.

Winflo Osteria

Winflo Osteria

The classic Italian menu focuses on pastas, pizzas, and traditional dishes such as porchetta and pesce puttanesca. Pizzas, cooked Neapolitan style in a wood-fire oven, feature a crust that is both tender and crisp. The menu includes about six or seven options priced from $13 to $17.  Winflo Osteria hopes to become the first Neapolitan-certified restaurant in Austin by creating pies that adhere to the strict guidelines set by the American Verace Pizza Napoletana. (Side note: how does one become a AVPN taster?…) Comforting pastas are heartily portioned and moderately priced between $14-$17.  I’d advise one to bring an appetite when visiting Winflo Osteria as portions are generous and the antipasti menu is petite.

Considering it’s barely been open a week, it is a tad too early to make a call on the food, but the dishes I sampled were promising. Unfortunately the dim lights combined with an exhausted blogger made for some pathetic photos so you will have to take my word for it.  Bonus points must be awarded for the all-Italian wine list with a strong number of options reasonably priced between $32-$42. Its wine list and portion sizes put Winflo Osteria in the mid-priced range, which means it is a ‘neighborhood-y’ type place one can visit without breaking the bank (unlike a few other Clarksville eateries…).

Winflo Osteria is located 1315 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703. Open Tuesday – Saturday 4PM – midnight, with HH from 4-7pm. Street parking or complimentary valet. 512.582.1027.

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