“We’ve been wanting to create an Italian restaurant since we opened La Condesa seven years ago,” New Waterloo partner Jesse Herman said. “In fact, we thought about doing it in the S. 1st Sway location a few years ago; however, now we have the perfect location for the Italian restaurant we’ve been wanting to build in Austin for so long.”

Austin’s Italian explosion will continue unabashed next year, as New Waterloo (the company behind La Condesa, Sway and the South Congress Hotel) will open two Italian restaurants in the Arnold (1617 E. Sixth St.). The mixed-use development will be home to 350 apartments, business offices (including C3 and Live Nation), and retail.

The upscale Gatto Nero will be the flagship restaurant of the property, cooking regional Italian and Italian-American cuisine and offering a full-service bar and lounge. The restaurant’s more casual sister, Enoteca Gattino, will be an Italian deli and wine bar.

The restaurants are slated to open in the spring. New Waterloo recently oversaw the opening of Café No Se at the South Congress Hotel and will open Central Standard and the Paul Qui-helmed Otoko there in the coming months. La Condesa and Sway will also open at the Domain next year, and another location of Sway will go into the old Thai Kitchen building on Bee Caves Road in West Lake Hills.