8028 South Emerson Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Italian food. What’s not to like? Sure there are tons of red-sauce emporiums around but there are also the more adventurous places that can take the world’s second most influential cuisine (Yeah, France at least you are number one at something other than being annoying) to new heights. I’m easy; I like ‘em both. Honestly it’s going to take a couple more visits for me to tell you with any certainty where Augustino’s fits. I’ve had a few of my south-side brethren speak highly of the place so I decided to give it a try for lunch. The décor is very comfortable and actually felt more fine-dining than strip-mall storefront.
What I had: I read in Indianapolis Monthly that the Italian wedding soup was good so I started with that and shared the Toasted Ravioli appetizer with my wife.
Before I get to those I have got to say something about the bread basket delivered to our table. It was fantastic. Hot and crusty with just the right amount of reluctance before giving way to reveal a wonderful spongy interior. A slather of butter and I was very happy. The Toasted Ravioli arrived and the too uniform appearance leads me to believe that they are not house-made and rather than toasted in a pan, I’m guessing deep fried. Nonetheless, they were tasty, half with a beef filling and half with cheese., served with Alfredo and Marina served with a swirl in the same bowl for dipping. Nice.
A cup of wedding soup was next. My wife is a former regional manager for a high-end food manufacturer and one of the best things they made was Italian Wedding soup. I think that Augustino’s is buying this soup. It was good but again, I just didn’t think it was house-made.
For my entree, I ordered the “Supreme Sausage Sandwich.” If you’ve read more than just a couple of my reviews you know that I am a sausage junkie (Yeah, I just wrote that). This really is a knife and fork sandwich for a couple reasons: first, it is piled with sliced sausage coins, peppers, onions and cheese on that awesome bread and is just impossible to pick up and second, it was as hot as the face of the sun. It was also really good. I could have used a bit more sausage but that’s just me. The pepper/onion mix tasted as if it was simmered in the generous marinara giving it a nice spicy bite. Did I mention this was really good?
Would I Buy It Again? Sure. The food was really well prepared, attention to detail was evident and it tasted good. I do want to return for dinner so that I can see what else this kitchen can do. I can’t remember what I paid for it but it was worth it so who cares?