Vespaio | Austin
A huge thank you to the pastry chef of Vespiao Austin, Sandi Reinlie, for inviting us in to the restaurant and allowing us to spend part of the afternoon photographing and speaking with her about her love of pastries, food and Austin! Her passion for baking and talent with food is incredible. Located on eclectic South Congress Avenue the restaurant is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike. And in the midst of a busy weekend of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, for all involved, we were grateful for all the chefs, talents, and time given to us!
Reinlie grew up in Florida working in her family’s restaurant business, making pizza dough and washing dishes from a young age. Most of her time was spent in her grandmother Beverly’s kitchen, eagerly watching as her grandmother transformed basic ingredients into delicious sweets. When she moved to Texas with her family, she went on to graduate from pastry school in 2008 and worked her way up to become the Executive Pastry Chef at Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a gourmet bakery in Austin owned by Sandra Bullock.
Reinlie’s love of traveling has become a powerful stimulus for creating dishes. In 2009, she began working with Austin based culinary tours company Petite Peche, where she teaches hands on pastry instruction for tour guests. The tours allow her to work in France and Italy’s most celebrated food and wine regions, exposing her to an international culinary art scene, while working with some of the finest seasonal ingredients.
Between culinary tours, Reinlie is also the pastry chef at Chef David Bull’s Second Bar + Kitchen, where she created their fall pastry menu in 2011. In 2012, Austin Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood gave Reinlie’s lemon panna cotta from Vespaio the number one spot on her Top 10 Sweet Bites of 2012, calling it an “elegant offering” and a “transcendent sweet bite.”
If you are in Austin, be sure to stop by Vespaio for an incredible meal. Their idea is simple—combine great food, great people, and a casual atmosphere. Lively and sociable, their comfortable restaurant features a bustling open kitchen, a social bar, and a simple, warm décor. At Vespaio, you’ll find authentic antipasti & salads, wood-fired pizzas, pastas from light to robust, extraordinary entrees, and decadent desserts. Enjoy!