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Visconti Ristorante of Hotel Granduca Austin brings North Italian Cuisine to Texas Hill Country

Article by Roslyn Bond

Photography by Lesson Medrano

Originally published in Austin Lifestyle

Upon arriving and walking into the grand doors of the Northern Italian-inspired Hotel Granduca Austin, you are instantly taken aback by the allure and serenity that the atmosphere captures; it is comparable to taking a breath of fresh air and feeling as if you have entered a European retreat.

This charming, one-of-a-kind hotel, located in the stunning hills of Austin, is welcoming all to dine in at their renowned restaurant and bar, Visconti Ristorante, this summer to experience reputable, Northern Italian hospitality. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant highlights authentic Northern Italian cuisine combined with seasonal and local specialties that will tempt any palate. Whether it be with the family, an outing with friends or a business lunch, all are sure to experience the unique, timeless qualities that the hotel and restaurant embody.  

The background history of the hotel and restaurant’s design is significant with each space having its own personal meaning that the Borlenghi family wanted to portray. The authentic Italian antiquity throughout allows guests a unique, historical sanctuary when they visit.

Visconti is the name of certain noble dynasties in Italy, dating all the way back to 1207. In 2019, Hotel Granduca Austin's Visconti Ristorante was recognized for the Open Table Diner's Choice award for the restaurant with the best views. The daily dishes are exceptional to any other Italian restaurant in Austin, and the well-deserved credit belongs to none other than Visconti’s respectable and talented executive chef, Miguel Ortiz. Miguel began his journey as Visconti’s executive chef in 2018. He has nearly 20 years of hospitality and culinary experience and has held chef and executive chef positions and received multiple industry awards and accolades at a number of US properties.

“When I was called and offered an opportunity at the Hotel Granduca," says Miguel, "I jumped on it. The owners and executive staff are awesome and the property is beautiful. It was a smaller property than I am used to but was capable of food executions I prepare in larger hotels and resorts, with an excellent emphasis on quality and a staff every chef desires.”

Visconti offers a breakfast menu with a wide variety of delectable options to choose from such as lemon-ricotta pancakes, custom omelets, steak and eggs, pastries, bagels and much more.

Breakfast is served:
Monday-Friday, 6:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 7-10:30 a.m.

Brunch is served:
Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Also offered is an appetizing lunch menu which includes dishes such as crispy chicken parm, half-pound burger, personalized salads, authentically made pizzas and other favorites.

Lunch is served:
Monday-Saturday,11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Finally, Visconti’s enticing dinner menu offers a variety of Italian dishes incorporated with a little Texas flair, such as Texas ribeye with Italian salsa verde over fennel au gratin, crab and corn gordita, Moroccan spiced lamb with Ethiopian lentil, branzini, sea bass with Roman artichoke capers and more.

Dinner is served:
Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m.

Book a table today, bring your friends and family and escape into an Italian-inspired retreat.

Patrons visiting Hotel Granduca Austin can expect valet parking upon arrival, live music entertainment at the Visconti bar every Thursday-Saturday in the evenings and unparalleled service in one unforgettable and magical setting. Come discover a touch of Northern Italy and true hospitality at the attractive Hotel Granduca Austin.

Who: Visconti Ristorante and Bar

Where: Hotel Granduca Austin, 320 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Building. B

What to Order: Oregano scented chicken over Calabrian pepper couscous

Miguel says that each region in Italy has its own custom dishes tailored to its particular culture, with an emphasis on available ingredients in that region. Visconti offers Northern Italian style dishes, such as this summer beauty, which encompasses a lighter consistency, straying away from overloading the dish with sauces. Each ingredient used, in this dish, is curated and incorporated for a customized flavor and texture you can taste with every bite.

Hotel Granduca Austin: 512.306.6400

Visconti Ristorante: 512.306.6500

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