The stretch of South Lamar Boulevard between Barton Springs Road and Ben White has added two new Italian options. It’s Italian Cucina recently opened at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. (in the Post complex that is home to Barlata).
Owner Al Fini’s Northern Italian-influenced restaurant, which grew out of a former market of the same name in East Austin, serves dinner nightly, with a menu that includes pastas such pumpkin ravioli with garlic brown butter sauce, linguine with clams, agnolotti filled with osso bucco and classic entrees like veal marsala and chicken with prosciutto.
It’s Italian Cucina, which offers indoor and outdoor dining, serves half-priced appetizers at happy hour (4 to 6 p.m.) and sells bottles of wine to-go at a 25-percent discount. It is open Sunday-Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It also serves Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Further south, Manin Pasta has taken over the former Aroma Italian Kitchen space at 3403 S. Lamar Blvd. The restaurant serves a lunch menu that includes pastas, salads, Neapolitan pizzas and panini, and expand on that menu at night for a broad selection of more than 15 pastas, including housemade fettuccine with salmon and spaghetti carbonara and shaped and filled pastas such as squid ink ravioli stuffed with crab meat. The bar serves Italian-inspired cocktails and more than a dozen Italian wines by the glass, and Tuesday night is half-price pizza night.
Manin Pasta is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.