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Bella Vita Brunch at Cantine Italian Cafe and Bar

12.14.2015 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Located in Lamar Union, the food and drink at Cantine are absolutely delicious. The cherry on top is that it's conveniently located next to an amazing movie theater, a gorgeous salon, a soon-to-open spa, and (most convenient of all) a parking garage! We previously wrote about Cantine here, but this go round, we checked out Cantine for brunch, and it did not disappoint!

Cantine exterior

Cappuccino, Grapefruit Mimosa, and a peek at the Cantine brunch offerings

One of the things we appreciated at Cantine's brunch was that the menu really ran the gamut. There's a frittata or fruit and yogurt for healthy eaters, a Cantine Benedict for the brunch afficionado, a decadent Puff Pancake for someone with a sweet tooth, and even a breakfast pizza (amongst other options!). And if you're not feeling brunchy, you can order from a selection of lunch entrees including Spaghetti Carbonara, a Porchetta Sandwich, or a Lamb Burger. 

But first, let's talk drinks. Mimosa options include either OJ or grapefruit juice. The Breakfast Bloody is a bit more intense, served with vodka, house bloody mix, pickled quail egg, bacon, celery, and with a shishito pepper garnish, as well. The Summer of 1840 is really interesting (and very caffeinated) brunch bevvy- it’s made with Pierre Ferrand 1840, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee, walnut liqueur, and sugar. If you're trying to detox from the weekend, stick with one of their delicious lattes, cappuccinos, or coffees.

Oyster Mushroom and Arugula Frittata

This frittata was served with such fresh ingredients- super creamy goat cheese, lemon peppery arugula, and tender oyster mushrooms. It was super delish, even if it was cooked just a skosh too long (hence the darker border on the egg). This is a really light but substantial choice, and a great option if you've got a busy day ahead.

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs

The photo of this Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs doesn't do it justice- it's so pretty in person. It's another healthy choice that packs plenty of protein and flavor into an artful plate. The fresh chive and dill sprinked on top really makes it pop!

Shakshuka, served with warm pita

This may be one of the only places in Austin to get Shakshuka, a traditional Mediterranean dish of eggs poached in a harriso and tomatoe sauce. It's garnished with z'hug (the green stuff you see) which is a Yememite hot sauce that will really light you up! This dish was comforting, warm, and gluten free (as long as you don't dip or eat the pita).

We had a great brunch with awesome service, a good view of the kitchen, and delicious food. One thing we didn't manage to snap a pic of, but would HIGHLY recommend, would be the sticky bun. It's large enough for 3-4 people to split, and absolutely scrumptious.

Don't forget to cap off your visit with an affogado (complete with soft serve!).

{Cantine Official Website}

TAGS : South Lamar/South First , CANTINE Italian Cafe & Bar