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Whole Foods unveils updates to its eateries at celebration Thursday

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Whole Foods Market downtown has undergone a major transformation this fall that includes updates to its in-store dining options.

One of the biggest changes can be seen at the reimagined 6th Street Trattoria, which is now also home to Whole Foods’ pizza operation. The new menu at the sit-down Italian restaurant features items such as a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, mushroom risotto, whole grilled bronzini, short rib Bolognese with pappardelle, and five pizza options, including a prosciutto and arugula pie.

Other changes around the store include the addition of touch-screen ordering process and salsa station at the relocated taco bar; two new La Marzocco Strada MP espresso machines at the coffee bar; a larger juice bar that will soon be offering cold-pressed juices; bar seating and made-to-order specialty rolls at the Asian Express; and Eat Well!, an eatery that offers “nutrient dense and made with healthy fats.”

To celebrate the new eateries, Whole Foods will host a “Dine Around” event Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with all eight dining destinations offering small bites and sips. There will also be giveaways and happy hour drink specials, and live music, because … Austin.

(The store is giving away $3 coupons for any of its eateries, valid from December 2-15.)

The complete 6th Street Trattoria menu is below:

Antipasta

Bruschetta $6

Tomato jam, herb ricotta and basil on toasted crostini

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese $9

Frisee, roasted beets, toasted walnuts, “Pure Luck” goat cheese, balsamic reduction and a toasted crostini

Gorgonzola Wedge $8

Iceberg lettuce, roasted tomato, crispy prosciutto, red onion, gorgonzola dressing

Caesar Salad $8

Chopped escarole, Caesar dressing, parmesan, crostini (add chicken or shrimp for $2)

House Salad $8

Spring Mix, Carrot, Red Onion, Cucumber, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Proveleta $7

Grilled Provolone, Shaved Fennel, Pickled Red onion, Balsamic reduction

Antipasta Plate $7

“Creminelli” sausage, Spiced Pistachios, Olives, Crostini

Mussels Arrabiata $9

Mussels, jalapeno, garlic, red chili flake, white wine, tomato sauce, olives with Ciabatta crostini

Pasta

Caccio e Pepe $9

Linguini, Pecorino cream sauce, pepper

Saltimbocca $13

Chicken breast, prosciutto, Marsala, caramelized onions, mushrooms, parmesan, strozzapreti

Risotto $13

Porcini, portabella, field mushroom, shallot, parmesan

Aglio y Olio $9

Spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan

Entrees

Bronzini $15

Whole grilled bronzini, raisins, pine nuts, sherry vinaigrette

Chicken Picatta 13

Capers, shallots, white wine, butter, parmesan

Classico

Spaghetti and Meatballs $9

Pork and beef meatballs, spaghetti, tomato sauce parmesan

Short Rib Bolognese Ragu $9

Braised short ribs, pappardelle, tomato cream sauce, caramelized onion, parmesan

Lasagna $10

Italian pork sausage, tomato sauce, herb ricotta, mozzarella

Contorni

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Aioli $4

Sautéed Rapini $4

Sautéed Fennel $4

Pizza/Calzone

Pecorino Shorts Pizza $6

Braised short ribs, “San Marzano” tomato sauce, caramelized onions and pecorino

Prosciutto Arugula Pizza $6

Blue cheese, prosciutto, arugula, olive oil

Margherita Pizza $6

Tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella, “San Marzano” tomato sauce

The Salsiccia Calzone $6

Italian Sausage, caramelized onions, bell peppers, ricotta, mozzarella

Porcini & Greens Calzone $6

Porcini mushrooms, arugula, ricotta, mushrooms