A sophisticated Italian beer garden says “Ciao!” to the beehive. The Garden at Ellera opens on October 27th and features Boston twists on Italian classics.
The new restaurant at 12432 Bee Cave Rd. Run by Timothy Lane, the head chef who cooked in Rome for some time before heading to the heart of Texas, and Carson Symmonds.
Ellera’s approachable menu starts with antipasto like cheese boards and mussels and a fritti section with dishes like a fried mozzarella sandwich and a seasonal seafood fritto misto. Homemade soups and salads such as Tuscan cannellini bean kale soup and a house caesar are also available.
For starters, the menu is divided into panini and pizza. Guests can choose between east coast-style sandwiches like scallop, lobster rolls, or homemade pastrami. For pizza, the Roman-style cakes (read: light, crispy crusts) range from fans’ favorite Margherita to spicy diavola.
The dessert menu includes classic Italian dishes such as tiramisu and gelato, as well as cheesecake and a banana encepole with crispy donuts and a cinnamon crema inglese. Beer, wine and homemade Amaro lemonades round off the menu.
“After cooking in Rome for many years, my dream became to bring Italian cuisine to Austin,” Lane said in a press release. “Carson and I came together to make this dream a reality, and I can’t wait to see what our guests think of The Garden in Ellera’s Boston-inspired Italian food.”
The design for the new restaurant was also inspired by Boston, particularly the city’s Public Garden, a picturesque green space considered America’s first public park. The garden area of the restaurant features shady oak trees, a fully stocked bar, seating and is designed for lawn games and other communal activities.
In response to COVID-19, the beer garden is announcing that it will open with “improved disinfection standards and processes, and will continue to comply with all federal, state and local guidelines”.
The garden in Ellera is open from Sunday to Thursday from 12 noon to 10 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. In November, the adjacent Ellera, an upscale dining room, will also open. Then, in 2021, a sister project, The Garden at the Summit, will open in Georgetown.