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Intero translates to “whole” or “complete” in Italian.
At Intero we believe in embracing traditional Italian sensibilities and cooking techniques while highlighting the seasonality of Texas ingredients. Utilizing locally raised “whole” animals and locally farmed “whole” produce, we provide a sustainable and contemporary approach in our dishes. Italian cuisine is rooted in necessity and gratitude towards every ingredient, driving the idea behind what we do and what we strive to provide to our guests.
Unique to Austin, but inspired by the popular concept experienced in small cafes throughout Italy- Intero features an artisan chocolate counter in our front space offering a variety of truffles, barks, and sipping chocolates in classic and Italian flavors. Locally roasted coffee, engaging craft cocktails, and a curated wine list for happy hour to late night dining are available to “complete” your intero experience.
Our team, featuring Austin born and raised husband and wife duo, Ian Thurwachter & Krystal Craig, plus professional third wheel McVay Bennett, have over 40 years combined experience in the restaurant industry.
Ian Thurwachter has been a chef at several top Austin institutions, from Jeffrey’s to Vespaio, and was named among Austin’s “30 under 30” in 2014. His experience, talent, and passion lead him to develop Intero’s concept and approach in whole animal butchery and whole produce usage in his dishes. Ian’s appreciation and understanding of ingredients shines through in his cuisine.
FUN FACT: UPHOLDS A FAMILY PRACTICE IN CARPENTRY AND BUILT ALL THE TABLES IN THE RESTAURANT HIMSELF.
Krystal Craig is a self taught chocolatier who has produced chocolates for multiple establishments including boutique and well-known restaurants and hotels. Her focus in working with specialty couverture chocolates and organic ingredients to create elevated classic flavors and unique offerings have earned her multiple accolades and write-ups over the years as a rising star for chocolate in Austin.
FUN FACT: IS AN EXPERT PILATES INSTRUCTOR
McVay Bennett began his experience over a decade ago at Pappadeaux's before going to work for Iron Chef winner Kent Rathbun for seven years. He since moved on to re-open Jeffrey's as a captain and sommelier. Through his dedication to excellence and strength in service, he hopes his talents will help people feel right at home at intero.
FUN FACT: COLLECTS VINTAGE MOVIE POSTERS