As long as you know where Parkside is, it won’t be hard to find its sister restaurant, Backspace. Literally located behind Parkside (at 507 San Jacinto), Backspace is an Italian bar/restaurant that serves pizza, tapas, salads, and a slew of delicious Italian wines.

The menu offers charcuterie plates piled with mortadella, proscuitto, salami, speck, and coppa. Cheeses include gorgonzola, robiola, asiago, taleggio, and piave vecchio. Some of the delicious antipasti dishes include cardoons (similar to celery)  and carrots braised in white wine and olive oil, meatballs made with stewed tomatoes, bread crumbs, and romano, and roasted fingerling potatoes. If you’re ordering pies, try the fennel sausage, mozzarella, roasted peppers, garlic and parmesan, or the bianca, which comes with fresh arugula, mozzarella, tomato, capers, and basil. Everything on the menu is easy to share and the rotating selection of artisanal antipasti plates are perfect for nibbling before going downtown. If you’re considering skipping dessert, think again. Try the tiramisu- it’s the best this blogger has ever had. The wine list offers Italian wines by the glass or bottle. The restaurant also has a full bar if you’re looking to order cocktails.

Backspace is another exciting accomplishment for chef Shawn Cirkiel. Parkside was named by “Texas Monthly” magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” of 2009. “Bon Appétit” magazine crowned Parkside one of the “Hot 10 New American Taverns” in 2009. The “Los Angeles Times,” “Cooks Illustrated,” “American Way,” “Spirit,” and tons of local magazines have also recognized the restaurant. And it’s only a matter of time until Backspace sees the same attention. Backspace opens this weekend.

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