Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

LaV releases statement on recent departures and changes

1:40 pm Oct. 30, 2015

With Vilma Mazaite leaving her position of wine director and executive chef and pastry chef Sean O’Leary and Janina O’Leary leaving their positions abruptly yesterday, it is fair to say there has been a bit

Restaurants closed due to weather

1:17 pm Oct. 30, 2015

The following restaurants are currently closed due to the rain and flooding:

Cafe No Se at the South Congress Hotel
East Side King at Hole in the Wall
El Naranjo
John Mueller Meat Co.
Wine garden at Lenoir
Shoal Creek Saloon

Now open: Al Fico in East Austin

10:57 am Oct. 27, 2015

The Italian boom continued this week with the opening of Al Fico. The restaurant from Vino Vino founders Jeff Courington and Kelly Bell is located at 1700 E. Second St. Al Fico’s website says