A focal point of the restaurant with its dynamic floor-to-ceiling shelving housing exotic finds and cleverly positioned lighting that emulates the face of a fox (La Volpe means “fox” in Italian)—features Italian and Texas wines, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails infused with fresh herbs and spices. Vintage Italian ties are showcased in a custom-built frame with the Italian phrase “legare uno su,” which means “tie one on.”
The same level of attention to detail is seen throughout the space, which was designed by Jennifer Long, who also did the interiors of C’ Boys Heart & Soul nightclub in Austin and Otra Vez Cantina in Denver. A film and set designer by trade, Long’s sexy style adds a note of playfulness throughout the restaurant, which features intimate dining nooks, exposed brick and beams, a vintage teardrop chandelier from Italy, and an outdoor courtyard lush with olive trees. The vibe is smart and sophisticated yet local and welcoming.
La Volpe is located at 201 Brazos Street, Building B, in downtown Austin. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with $2 off select cocktails, beer and wine. Sunday brunch is coming soon. For more information about La Volpe, call (512) 501-6713 or go to www.lavolpeaustin.com.