New Waterloo, one of Austin’s more prolific hospitality groups, announced today that it will open Italian restaurant Il Brutto on March 12. The restaurant is located at 1617 E. Sixth St. in the mixed-use Arnold building, around the corner from New Waterloo’s new Italian deli, La Matta.
The pan-Italian restaurant, which will initially serve dinner before expanding to lunch and weekend brunch in April, is helmed by executive chef and Italian-raised Erind Halilaj, a veteran of Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Hotel Marriott Milano, among others.
The menu will include house-made pastas (ravioli, pappardelle, lasagna), pizzas baked in a Neapolitan wood-burning oven and entrees such as squid ink tagliolini with mussels and clams, beef tenderloin slow-cooked in Nebbiolo, and baby octopus with olives and capers. See the full menu here.
“Il Brutto’s menus represent the cuisine of Italy as a whole, from Mediterranean flavors of the south to central lamb dishes and beef tenderloin from the north,” Halilaj said. “Our dishes are respectful to tradition, and that starts with fresh ingredients and classic techniques.”
New Waterloo’s corporate executive pastry chef, former James Beard award semifinalist Amanda Rockman, will oversee a pastry program that includes Italian classics like tiramisu, cannoli and panna cotta.
Il Brutto, its name translating to “the ugly one,” a nod to Italian director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” also features a separate bar and lounge, a private dining room and a live oak tree-shaded patio for dining al fresco. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Arnold, a mixed-use building that is home to residents and businesses such as C3 Presents, Condé Nast, and Front Gate Tickets. Il Brutto will initially be open 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
New Waterloo opened La Matta and French restaurant Le Politique last year and operates Sway, La Condesa, Hotel Ella and the South Congress Hotel.