Sicilian wines and Al Fico preview TOMORROW July 7

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on July 1, 2015 by Do Bianchi

marilena barbera

Above: Not only does Marilena Barbera makes some of our favorite wines from Sicily, she’s also one of our favorite persons in the wine biz. She’ll be debuting the new vintage of her Inzolia at next week’s dinner, a Vino Vino exclusive!


with a preview
of the Al Fico menu
by Al Fico chef
Clinton Bertrand

4 wines, 3 dishes

Tuesday, July 7
6:30 p.m.
$75 per person
not including tax & gratuity

PLEASE CALL (512) 465-9282 TO RESERVE.

When our good friend and one of our favorite Italian winemakers Marilena Barbera asked us to host a wine dinner to preview her new vintage of Inzolia from her estate in Sicily, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to also preview Al Fico Chef Clinton Bertrand’s new menu.

Our new Italian restaurant Al Fico is on track to open later this summer and Chef Clinton has been working to perfect the “osteria-inspired” cooking that will be the focus of his kitchen.

If you’ve never met Marilena, Tuesday’s dinner will be a wonderful way to get to interact with her: She’s one of the brightest, most talented, and most fun winemakers we’ve ever had the pleasure to host. We’re so glad that she joins us each year.

Vino Vino will be open Saturday July 4

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 30, 2015 by Do Bianchi

This year, celebrate independence day with some red, white, and bubbly!

austin fourth july

The Vino Vino slider: Do we need to say more?

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 29, 2015 by Do Bianchi

Please click here for our complete menu.

wagyu slider


Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 28, 2015 by Do Bianchi

Austin’s favorite paella, served every Sunday at 7 p.m. sharp.

best paella

Al Fico has a new pastry chef and her name is…

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 24, 2015 by Do Bianchi

We’re getting closer and closer to an opening date at Al Fico, Vino Vino’s sister restaurant. For news from Al Fico, please visit the Al Fico blog and follow and like us

Kendall Melton web ready

We are thrilled to announce that Kendall Melton (above) will be joining the Al Fico team as Pastry Chef.

A Dallas native, Kendall, 32, will be doing a short stage in Paris before she begins working at Al Fico. She’s been accepted at L’Arpège, a three-Michelin star restaurant and one of the most venerated kitchens in all of France…

Click here to read more about Kendall over on the Al Fico blog.

Thrillist (national) names Vino Vino as one of 21 BEST WINE BARS in U.S.

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 22, 2015 by Do Bianchi


Above: “The mussels and fries are killer,” writes wine writer Jonathan Cristaldi for Thrillist, “and pair well with a Spanish white from the Basque called Gorrondona Txakoli, which is often ordered simply by pointing at the menu and grunting.”

We were thrilled to learn yesterday that the popular lifestyle blog Thrillist has named Vino Vino one of the 21 BEST WINE BARS in the U.S.

Here’s what Jonathan Cristaldi, the super-groovy LA-based wine writer, had to say about us:

Giving life to Austin’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood, this casual and comfortable wine bar — with its low lighting and warm wooden interior — is fit for a romantic rendezvous or clandestine scheming, if that’s your thing. Vino Vino gives hope to winos seeking a global selection focused on Old World, small-production vineyards, with 21 by-the-glass options and a selection of over 350 bottles curated by owner Jeff Courington, GM Kelly Voelkel, and certified sommelier Lexey Johnson. The mussels and fries are killer and pair well with a Spanish white from the Basque called Gorrondona Txakoli, which is often ordered simply by pointing at the menu and grunting.

Click here for Jonathan’s complete list. Vera in Chicago, Corkbuzz in NYC, Element 47 at the Little Nell in Aspen… It’s an awesome list to be apart of.

Thanks again, Austin, for believing in what we do!

And thanks, Jonathan, for stopping by! You rock!

Paella for dad this Sunday

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on June 18, 2015 by Do Bianchi


Paella… pronounced pah-EH-yah. The word literally means pan.

That’s because, without the paella or classic broad pan, the dish wouldn’t be possible!

It’s an iconic recipe from Spain: An unrivaled and utterly delicious mix of rice, saffron, seafood, and sausage cooked to tender perfection in broth and white wine.

Paella is one of those dishes that benefits from being made in large quantities. The more you make of it, the better it is.

That’s why it’s such a perfect dish for Father’s Day and that’s why we serve it every Sunday at 7 p.m. sharp: Because you have to get it straight out of the pan for it to be just right!

This Father’s Day, treat dad and family to Austin’s favorite paella.


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