Some of Austin’s top makers of Italian food and libations have teamed up to transform a sleepy Hyde Park staple.
Juniper chef-owner Nic Yanes, the Hunt brothers of Via 313 pizza and Nickel City partner Travis Tober have converted the former Dolce Vita space in Hyde Park into Uncle Nicky’s. The casual Northern Italian Cafe and bar next to Hyde Park Grill and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop opens with a party on Monday at 4222 Duval St.
The kitchen, led by Juniper alumnus chef Nick Intonti, will serve a menu featuring assorted antipasti that includes Wagyu beef carpaccio, peppers stuffed with mortadella and provolone, a selection of pane tostato, salads and sandwiches served on Italian flatbread and rolls. Uncle Nicky’s will also offer weekly chalkboard specials. Juniper pastry chef Derrick Flynn is in charge of the pastry program that includes assorted pastries, breads and house made gelato, while coffee drinks will be overseen by Matthew Bolick, partner in Brew & Brew and Better Half. Uncle Nicky’s will be open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.
"One of my favorite things about Northern Italy is the ease and simplicity of the cafes. I knew that I wanted to bring the same energy to Hyde Park and create a version of that same simplistic experience in Austin," Yanes said.
Tober oversees a cocktail program that includes classic Italian cocktails, spritzes and Negronis, along with beer, Italian wines, and add an array of Italian amari.
"Our cocktail program will focus on the beauty of the European style aperitivo bar, with an Austin flair. The drinks will focus on Italian liquors, Amaros and fresh cold pressed juices," Tober said.
Uncle Nicky’s grand opening celebration takes place Monday, with half-priced spritzes, Negronis and cocktails all day, along with a complimentary Italian aperitivo buffet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
PREVIEW: See Uncle Nicky's menu