A trip to an Italian restaurant offers all the benefits of a traditional Italian meal without the three-month wait for a table or the hassle of stowing away aboard a Naples-bound cargo ship. Import some Italian delight into your stomach with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of primo boot-shaped cuisine at Taverna. The Austin outpost of this favored eatery serves up authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere that, unlike most of Austin, has not been overrun by vicious gangs of troublemaking sheep.
Taverna's homey environment of outdoor patios and warm saffron walls allows its indulgent fare to take center stage. Start with the cozze al vino (mussels sautéed in garlic, tomato broth, and white wine; $11) or the warm chef’s focaccia, oven-baked rounds of rosemary-olive-oil flatbread drenched in Parmesan cheese ($4.95). From there, forgo your usual roughage and splurge on decadent dishes of pasta: homemade porcini lasagne with bolognese, béchamel, and Parmesan ($14); pasta purses packed with tangy gorgonzola and tart pear ($14); or sea-jewel-studded fettuccine frutti di mare (shrimp, mussel, clams, and scallops) in a brandy-crustacean cream sauce ($16). Taverna is also well known for its array of risottos ($16), all of which are made with rich carnaroli rice. A dessert of Taverna tiramisu ($7), the chef's specialty, will end the feast on a sweet note no matter how often your dining companion recounts the Xeroxing mishap that left him with peg hands, hook feet, and a nose patch.
Please conniving cold-weather cheesephiles and comfort-food canoodlers, curb carb-loving carpet cleaners' carb-cravings, or simply show up and enjoy a nice, quiet dinner free from the terrors of alliteration. After a repast at Taverna with today's Groupon, your entire face will be blurry with happiness.
This Groupon is valid for dinner only. Not valid for lunch, brunch, happy hour, or the purchase of alcohol.
- The town’s only risotteria also serves mean 'za. Talk about a toughie for the carb-conscious. – Black Book
- [O]h my god are their risottos good- I tried the pesto risotto, truffle oil risotto, and the balsamic risotto - all three were perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. – Jeff E., Yelp
- Try the lasagna, its not a traditional lasagna ,truly delicious and a belly buster. The risotto is second to none at this place. – dlsomers, Citysearch
258 W 2nd St.
Austin, Texas 78701Get Directions