Gino Catenacci said he started busing tables in the summer of 1966. Fifty-four years later, he has swept floors, bartended and owned restaurants in six states, he said.

Now he serves upscale Italian cuisine at two locations of Gino’s Vino Osteria: the original on 51st Street in Austin and at a location on Old Settlers Boulevard in Round Rock.

“I’ve been making homemade pasta since I was a little boy,” Catenacci said. “I’ve been at this my whole life.”

Gino’s Vino Osteria derives its name from three places: the owner’s first name followed by the Italian word for wine and finally a word meaning a small, family-owned tavern. For Catenacci, the vision of his restaurant is old-world Italian, a destination dining experience where customers can enjoy the food, craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and live music on select evenings.

A popular lunch item is the steak sandwich, which Catenacci claims is “the best in the world.”

For dinner, Catenacci suggests the bone-in ribeye, black linguine stuffed ravioli and four-cheese tortellini.

“I don’t dry my pasta,” Catenacci said. “It’s a different feel in your mouth when you eat it. It makes your mouth dance, come alive.”

The restaurant offers 30 wines by the glass, he said. The cocktail menu includes a selection of Catenacci’s original creations—from the Sparkling Blood Orange Martini to the Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila Rita.

“We put a lot of love into everything we do here,” Catenacci said. “We make everything from scratch so you can have something here you can’t get anywhere else.”
Gino's Vino Osteria

1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock


Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m.