The Garden at The Summit has been serving Boston-inspired Italian cuisine to Georgetown residents since November.
“We’re trying to be the go-to Italian neighborhood restaurant, and I think we’re doing a good job of that,” manager James Maltby said.
Owners Chris and Sue Meroff opened The Garden at Ellera at Bee Cave in October 2020 after moving from Boston to central Texas, Maltby said. In November, Maltby helped open a second Summit location at Rivery Park in Georgetown, and in March, The Garden once again expanded to South Austin.
“[Chris] wanted to bring that North End sense or feel to Italian restaurants here,” Matlby said.
Inspired by the North End, an Italian neighborhood in Boston, the Garden’s cuisine has a strong seafood focus. Lobsters are flown in from the northeast each day for the restaurant’s popular lobster roll, lobster bisque and more so, Maltby said.
Ingredients come from abroad and from home, as the pasta is made with flour from Italy and the herbs are grown at the restaurant.
“Everything is fresh, and everything [is] made from scratch,” Maltby said.
Executive chef Tim Lane, who studied Italian cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, helped inspire the menu. Using a special dough fermentation process, the restaurant serves Roman-style pizzas with extra-thin crusts.
“He learned this technique when he was living and training in Italy and brought it back here,” Maltby said. “He is really faithful to the authenticity of Italian cuisine.”
In addition to lunch, dinner, and dessert, The Garden at The Summit serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
With locals already frequenting the store, Maltby said he hopes the restaurant will serve as a second home for Georgetown residents.
“I think a lot of people want that in their neighborhood, a restaurant that they feel comfortable in,” Maltby said. “Where you know you’re going to get good food and drink at a fair price with good service. That’s what we all want in a restaurant, right? »
The garden at the top
1500 Rivery Boulevard, Ste. 2175 George Town
Opening hours: Mon.-Sun. 11am-9pm