Say goodbye to yet another Austin Italian restaurant

Say goodbye to yet another Austin Italian restaurant

Cantine Italian Cafe and Bar Austin restaurant chicken for two dinner wine dish
Cantine Italian Cafe & Bar will close Saturday, May 20. Cantine Italian Cafe & Bar/Facebook

It's time to say addio to another Austin restaurant. Cantine Italian Cafe & Bar has announced its closure, which comes two years after its debut.

"Cantine will be closing its doors Saturday, May 20," reads a social media statement, which does not offer a reason for the sudden shutter. "Thanks to all our great customers!"

Emmett and Lisa Fox, founders of Asti Trattoria and dearly departed Fino, opened the modern eatery at Lamar Union in May 2015. The menu ranges from classic pizzas to adventurous Italian entrees. A nice wine list is complemented by a splendid happy hour — and the Cantine crew will offer even better deals in the final days.

"Starting [May 16], help us drink up wine inventory. Half-off all wines, all night, all week," says the team. Cantine will also host its final brunch on Mother's Day, May 14, with $15 mimosa bottle service.

Cantine joins a slew of Italian restaurants that have shuttered over the past year, including Al Fico, Sagra, and Due Forni Wine & Pizza. Carmelo's Ristorante, a longtime favorite, will join the list in June.

That doesn't mean Austin's fascination with Italian fare has faded. Relatively new additions Italic, Juniper, Juliet Ristorante, Red Ash Italia, and Osterio Pronto are still open, and another Italian eatery is expected to open this summer on the east side.