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8 Great Dishes at Taverna

07.07.2014 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Located in the hip 2nd Street District, Taverna is a popular restaurant choice for drinks, lunch, dinner, or brunch. There basically isn't an occasion where a trip to Taverna is a bad idea. They have a patio (which is tented and air conditioned in the heat of the Texas summer, or open air in the cooler months) that's perfect for people watching and having a leisurely meal complete with espresso drinks or cocktails/wine.

Risotto is their flagship dish. They only use Carnaroli rice - the “king of the rice.” Thanks to its particular characteristics and firm texture the Carnaroli grain maintains its shape during the slow cooking required for a perfect and creamy risotto. Taverna offers many different risotto dishes includes truffle oil and Parmigiano risotto, bay scallops with home made pesto and an inspired Vin Santo risotto with asparagus and prosciutto.

Taverna is also a great spot for pizzas! They serve up thin crust pizzas that have the perfect amount of crunch and chew with fresh toppings and great sauces. And if you're  looking for pasta, be prepared to make some hard decisions! Their choices range from a classic spaghettini with meatballs to a more creative Fiocchi al Gorgonzola e Pera, gorgonzola & pear filled pasta with walnuts, arugula & dolce latte cream sauce.

The whole menu is delicious at Taverna, and here are a few of our faves featured below! 

1. Risotto con Capesante
Pan seared diver scallops artichokes, roasted grape tomatoes & lemon confit $19.50

2. Gnocchi Rustici with shaved Parmesan
Homemade potato gnocchi with short rib ragu and shaved parmesan $16.50

3. Pizza! Mediterranean and Gorgonzola pizzas pictured above

4. Risotto con Gamberi e Prosecco
Shrimp, pesto, butter & parmesan topped with crispy zucchini $18.50

5. Chopped Salad with Salmon

6. Scampi Tagliolini
With shrimp, garlic, white wine, grape tomatoes, capers & butter sauce $17.50

7. Pan Seared Sea Bass
With shrimp, clams, mussels and roasted fennel, tomato broth & lemon confit $24

8. Fritto Misto
With calamari, shrimp, shallots, zucchini, and carrots, and comes with spicy tomato aioli $12

And last but not least- dessert!
Chocolate Hazelnut Budino 

Taverna Official Website
{Photos by Taverna}

TAGS : Downtown , Taverna - Downtown