Translated as ‘The Ugly,’ the name Il Brutto is a nod to the iconic Spaghetti Western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Located in east Austin, Il Brutto is a neighborhood Italian spot dedicated to serving authentic Italian cuisine.
After opening five different Italian restaurants between Chicago and Austin it is pretty apparent that I want to be Italian. (Sadly, my dad is from the Bronx and my mom is off the boat from Russia). In my humble opinion, Italian food is the best of all cuisines. It focuses on using the best product and doing your hardest to barely manipulate it so that the flavor and quality can be celebrated. Nothing is better than a perfect scoop of gelato or delicate layers of tiramisu. In simplicity we trust.