Backspace is sure to be the new “hot” space off 6th Street. Local favorite Chef Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside is opening a new pizza and small plate restaurant. The WFFT staff were invited to sample the new menu last night and we can assure you, Chef Shawn Cirkiel has created another hit.
The menu is broken down into the following sections: antipasti, carne, formaggi, insalate, pizze, add-ons and dolci (translation: appetizers, meats, cheeses, salads, pizzas, add-ons and dessert). The cozy, quaint spaces features a long center bar for seating as well as bench seating along the walls. Behind the bar the beautiful brick wood-fired pizza oven is used for creating the delicious pizzas such as Bianca (arugula, mozzarella, ricotta, pecarino) or the tasty combination of fennel sausage, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, garlic and parmesan. We can’t even begin to tell you about the homemade pizza crust….wow.
Antipasti plates include swiss chard with apples, raisins and garlic, braised cardoons (described to us as “celery on steroids”) with carrot, white wine and olive oil or lamb meatballs with stewed tomatoes, bread crumbs and peccarino romano. If you’re looking for something even smaller to sample, they offer meats and cheeses including prosciutto, mortadella, coppa, gorgonzola (so creamy and delicious!), robiola, and piave vecchio. Are you hungry yet?
Their wine menu features 10 white wines, 6 sparklings, 3 roses and 24 reds ranging from $7 a glass to bottles starting at $24. Be sure to check out Backspace opening this Sunday - www.thebackspace-austin.com.