The space at 1500 Barton Springs Rd., which in recent years housed Romeo's Italian Grill & Bar and Umami Mia Pizzeria, will be home to a new Italian restaurant: Juliet. Leading the kitchen is Chef Jacob Weaver, formerly of Asti, whose resume includes stints at Haddington's and Mulberry.
"The menu at Juliet will be a study of simple, approachable Italian flavors presented in a modern format," Weaver said in a release. Patrons can feast on traditional favorites like wood fired pizza, pasta, seafood and steak along with a selection of pastries, desserts and breads.
As for the menu's inspiration, expect a Texas twist on Italian classics. "I believe the essence of Italian cuisine is derived from what is grown or harvested nearby, and I think the terroir and environs of Texas present so many similarities to that of Italy," said Weaver.
Austin firm Clayton Little Architects will be teaming up with Joel Mozersky Design to create a "marriage of romanticism and classic Italian design" for the new restaurant. The crafted exterior patio, conceived by Mark Word, will be an Austin take on a lush Italian garden.
Juliet is slated to open sometime this spring.