On Tuesday Blake and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary and since we have a trip to Boston planned over the long weekend, we decided to just have a nice evening and dinner downtown that night. We headed to the 2nd Street District, which is easily one of my favorite parts of the city. It has all the charm of downtown Austin and some of the best shopping and eats in the city, but is not as loud or as bustling as 6th Street can get. It’s perfect to wander around, window shop, and eat some excellent cuisine while enjoying the last of these summer nights.
I love to shop the end of season sales and since Fall is right around the corner, you can usually find some awesome steals on summer styles (and let’s face it for those of us down South, summer weather isn’t leaving anytime soon). I snagged this embroidered eyelet top and perforated faux leather shorts from Zara for $33 total (insert O face emoji). [[Confession: I almost never buy anything for full price (with the exception of some of my nicer bags and shades). It’s like my mission to get a “deal” on everything and since clothing styles come and go, I never want to feel like I spend too much for the amount of wear I get.]]
We spent the evening browsing the shops and stores and enjoying the warm weather, and then stopped in to Numero 28 Pizzeria and Vineria for a late dinner. We’d been pausing at each restaurant we passed to check out the menu and when we walked up here, the proprietor Bernardo was standing outside and talked to us about how he had moved from Italy to New York and then Austin, and how he loved the people and the atmosphere here so much more and how much less crowded Austin was than New York. It was so pleasant chatting with him that we stayed to eat dinner, and were so glad we did — Bernardo’s kindness along with the bona fide Italian food made us quickly deem this one of our favorite restaurants so far. After being seated we were sent a complimentary appetizer of Caponata con crostini which is a bread served with Italian style salsa, and also ordered the Frittura di calamari e zucchine, and both were incredible. For dinner, we ordered an 18″ Austin pizza and Tonno scottato con couscous (seared tuna with Sicilian couscous) and everything was absolutely amazing. The pizza was huge and we ended up taking half of it home, and finished the night with some gelato and espressos. Topped off with the intimate patio under the lit up trees on 2nd street, we were so impressed with this place that we will definitely be going back!
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