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Downtown Austin's newest restaurant reveals opening date

Downtown Austin's newest restaurant reveals opening date

Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin orrechiette sausage.
Red Ash opens Saturday, October 15. Photo by Ashlyn Allison
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin marrow bone
Wood-grilled bone marrow with mushrooms. Photo by Ashlyn Allison
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin bruschetta
Bruschetta. Photo by Ashlyn Allison
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin Gulf red snapper
Gulf red snapper a la plancha. Photo by Ashlyn Allison
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin spaghetti
Spaghetti alla chitarra. Photo by Ashlyn Allison
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin orrechiette sausage.
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin marrow bone
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin bruschetta
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin Gulf red snapper
Red Ash Italian restaurant Austin spaghetti

Austin's Italian food craze continues with another high-profile opening. Red Ash will open Saturday, October 15, in the Colorado Tower downtown. 

The authentic Italian restaurant is a new concept from chef/owner John Carver, formerly of Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Wildfish, and Roaring Fork. The menu focuses on Italian dishes prepared atop a custom-built grill, oven, and plancha combo, which emits red ash, hence the name.

Dishes include handmade noodles, fresh seafood, and wood-grilled meats. Authentic pasta plates, which come in individual and family-style portions, include spaghetti, paparedelle Bolognese, and orrechiette with garlic fennel sausage. The dessert menu features Italian classics like tiramisu, gelato, and panna cotta. The beverage menu boasts an international wine list — mostly reds — and a diverse lineup of house cocktails. 

Red Ash's 4,400-square-foot space is located at Third and Colorado streets. Guests can dine in the mezzanine overlooking the kitchen, and a lounge area is perfectly suited for happy hour affairs.

Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 5-11 pm. A happy hour menu with deals and exclusive items is available Monday through Friday, 4:30-6 pm.