Austin longs for more quality sandwich shops, so the opening of La Matta in East Austin should come as welcome news to sandwich lovers (present company included). New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa the South Congress Hotel and more, opened the Italian sandwich shop and cafe Monday at the corner of East Fifth and Comal streets (501 Comal St.). The shop is helmed by Italian-raised executive chef Erind Halilaj, and will be joined next year by full-fledged Italian restaurant Il Brutto in The Arnold, a mixed-use building that will eventually be home to residents and businesses such as C3 Presents, Condé Nast, and Front Gate Tickets.
“My goal with La Matta is to bring authentic Italian sandwiches to Austin. Authentic meaning there is no interpretation—this is what you would eat in Italy, presented in exactly the same way,” said Halilaj, who joined New Waterloo after serving as executive chef at Obica Mozzarella Bar in New York City.
La Matta is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.