I spaio Vespaio

spaio.jpg It was tough not to stumble up against a Kansan here for the football game as we strolled Congress from Monroe to the H-E-B. Just as most Austinites would stand out on a Manhattan sidewalk, so do these non-Texans, gawking as they go. So we walked a lot of the way via the alley.

Behind Vespaio, we marveled at the meticulously tidy garden. The eggplant blossoms are still there and beautiful, but attention is turning to greens for the winter. There are some picture-perfect beets started as well, with their red-veined leaves and scarlet stems.

The restaurant, of course, is closed for business this time of day, but the new Enoteca next door was open as we passed by between 10 and 11 or so. Coffee was being downed; pastries were being shared. The Enoteca will make up gift baskets, and some Kansans were availing themselves of this service. That certain person who makes pizza from scratch topped up the supply of anchovies, of which the Enoteca stocks several hitherto unknown brands, both in glass jars and in tins.

When I return to sit myself down and do some on-site sampling, it will be difficult indeed to choose between a small and jewel-like individual lemon cake or its dark and rich-looking gingerbread counterpart. If those cakelets taste just half as good as they look, they must be a treat indeed, and a perfect coffee accompaniment.

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