Have you ever noticed that the scenester staff at Vespaio is vastly cooler than the unusually doughy, frumpy clientele? Even though your server looks like she’s dating the guy from Spoon, the food’s pretty good, and if you get there by six, you won’t have to wait in the doorway for 20 minutes while hostesses with alternative hairstyles give you the silent treatment.
The Faster family motto: it never hurts to order calamari once in a while. Vespaio’s red sauce effervesces as spicily as a tiny bloody Mary from the 5th dimension, and the lightly battered squid do not suffer to the rubber-o affliction so common to the species, thus nearly qualifying as “succulent.”
Also highly edible was the Seafood Mixed Grill, which comprised a smoky drum fillet, a decent crabcake with some sort of citrus cream, a hunk of salmon plunked into an ooze of polenta (which, if you’re like me, you find texturally problematic), and an excellent roasted cauliflower/Brussel’s sprout combo.
Calamari. Vespaio, Austin, TX