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Upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Austin unexpectedly shutters

Upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Austin unexpectedly shutters

Due Forni Pizza & Wine lasagna
Local Italian eatery Due Forni has closed. Due Forni Austin/Facebook

Due Forni Pizza & Wine, an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Austin, has shut down after three years in business.

A July 20 lock-out notice posted on the front door of the eatery says Due Forni’s landlord, Cencor Realty Services, has taken possession of the space at 101 E. Sixth St. in the historic Littlefield Building.

In a letter posted July 20 next to the lock-out notice, Due Forni’s management and staff say the restaurant is “regretfully” closing after three “wonderful” years in business.

“Our business started from a tiny seedling and grew to something we were proud of … and that was because of your patronage, our incredible employees, and the City of Austin,” the letter says. “We appreciate your loyalty and hope to see you down the road.”

Due Forni has a sister location in Las Vegas. University of Texas at Austin graduate Alex Taylor and chef Carlos Buscaglia opened the Las Vegas location in 2011 and then debuted in Austin in 2013. 

“Austin is becoming the most noted culinary city in the country,” Taylor said in announcing the Austin location. “I’m proud to be bringing this concept we created to a place we love and consider our adopted hometown.”