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Cipollina: West Austin Bistro

03.12.2014 by: Leah McGarry
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Cipollina has remained a go-to bistro in the Clarksville neighborhood for years.  Started by the same folks of Jeffrey’s and Shoreline Grill, Cipollina is designed to be reminiscent of an authentic Italian bistro.  Whether you’re going out for lunch during the week, a quiet date night, or a boozy brunch on the weekend, Cipollina offers well-priced, locally-sourced food.

Crispy calamari - one of many small plates to enjoy at Cipollina

The menu is simple and classic, with a nice mix of salads, pasta, pizzas and paninis.  For dinner, you can order many of the same items as lunch (at the same prices!), with the addition of heartier meals, like grilled fish, wagyu sirloin, roasted chicken, or pork saltimbocca.  The restaurant also offers a frequently updated prix fixe menu for dinner.

  

Summer salad of arugula, grilled peaches, spiced pecans, mint vinaigrette, and ricotta

    

Pasta puttanesca

Happy hour (from 5-6pm) is a great time to try out some of the small plates – and not to mention discounted wines and beers. The menu rotates dishes throughout the year so it's fun to try new creations as well as getting your fix on your old favorites. Pizza has long been a specialty at Cipollina, and one of our favorites is the Salsiccia with sausage, pomodoro, caramelized onions, red peppers, and fontina.

      

Skirt steak pizza with cherry tomatoes, leek puree, fried shallots, gorgonzola and fresh mozzarella

Cipollina also offers brunch both days of the weekend, and we love to see restaurants offering brunch on Saturdays!  Though the menu is fairly limited, patrons can choose from classics like frittata and French toast, to more unusual items like pork belly benedict or Italian sausage hash.

          

American breakfast with eggs any style and bacon

Open till 10pm most nights, Cipollina is also a great after-dinner spot, offering after dinner drinks and Italian coffees. Decadent sweet endings like chocolate pot de crème, peanut butter mascarpone cheesecake and basil creme brulee make appearances on the dessert menu but these change as well so check ahead if you have your heart set on something. Let us know what your favorite dish at Cipollina is!

{Photos via Cipollina Instagram and Facebook}

Cipollina {Official Website}

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