Trento-Casual Italian in West Austin

Trento is a relatively new Italian restaurant in Westlake off 360.  I have been there several times, but this is the first time I’ve gotten around to a review. It is a great choice for those that do not want to drive to downtown Austin to get good food. Trento is casual dining, but serves hearty, rustic Italian dishes. The first time I dined at Trento I enjoyed the wonderful butternut squash ravioli. However, Trento has a seasonal menu and the offerings were completely different this time around. I enjoy being surprised when I visit a restaurant!

We started the evening with the 2009 Brancaia “Tre” from Bolgheri. The wine is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese.  This was my second bottle of “Tre” as it is affectionately called by the staff. I thought the blend was smooth, fruit forward, but still subtle enough that you could enjoy a glass without food. I ordered a heavy meal and “Tre” was a great accompaniment. I found that it brought out the aromatics in the food.

After careful consideration, I ordered the caprese salad to start and the lamb sausage ravioli with sage, brown butter, and a poached egg. My fiancé also had caprese salad and the rigatoni bolognese. In between we snacked on an amazing salted flatbread with Con’Olio’s olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Trento needs to put the flatbread on the menu!! If that was a staple in the restaurant you would probably find me eating bread and drinking wine there every day!

The entrees were great. I loved the poached egg on top of the sausage ravioli. Very creative and rich. I practically licked my bowl. My fiance’s rigatoni bolognese was good, but we both thought it needed more salt. Minor detail. After dinner we ordered the cherry zeppoles with hot cocoa and vanilla gelato. They are basically fried donut holes with melted chocolate. I never met a donut I didn’t like. In fact, my wedding cake is a Round Rock donut :).

Trento is a great neighborhood spot for me and I plan to keep going back! Others are also picking up on Trento’s creative menu as Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko and Chef Josh Watkins of The Carillon selected the burrata and chicken liver pate as “Best Things to Eat in Austin”. I would advise everyone to go before the place gets too popular to get in the door!

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