Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties serves affordable food in Hyde Park

The menu includes Cesar Classico and Uncle Nicky’s red sauce (Photos by Darcy Sprague Community Impact)

Uncle Nicky’s Italian specialty menu features Italian fare often reserved for sit-down and late-night eateries, with items like pork bolognese, chilled poached shrimp, and carpaccio, a raw beef dish made with Wagyu steak. .

But Hyde Park Restaurant, which opened in 2019, serves its produce in an accessible cafe-style location, which offers espresso drinks, pastries, and cocktails focused on Italian bitters, such as Negronis, as well as pasta dishes.

“We wanted something that was neighborhood friendly, a bit more accessible to this community,” said co-owner Nic Yanes.

Yanes added that being able to walk and cycle in the Hyde Park area was an inspiration behind the concept.

“It’s definitely a neighborhood that has a lot of character,” said Yanes.

Yanes also co-owns Juniper, an upscale restaurant in East Austin, a second Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties restaurant at 1123 E. 11th St., Austin, and owns or operates a handful of other restaurants throughout town.

Yanes said the inspiration for the menu was the flavors of northern Italy combined with a more American take on the dishes.

He said the restaurant served as a place for residents to have coffee or a cocktail while they worked or came to collect food with their families. He said several patrons walked around for coffee in the morning and a Negroni in the afternoon.

“It’s really just a nice, relaxed place to be able to come in and out with friends or grab a quick bite to eat or study or read or have a drink with friends,” Yanes said.

Uncle nicky

Hyde park

4222 Duval Street, Austin



Hours: every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.


1123 E. 11th St., Austin



Hours: every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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