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Antonelli’s: Austin’ Best Artisanal Cheese Shop

5 September 2010 2,907 views One Comment

I’m thankful for John and Kendall Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park. Now that Austin has it’s very own artisanal cheese shop, it feels like we can rightly take our place among the cosmopolitan capitals of the U.S.

NYC has Murray’s, Berkeley has the Cheese Board Collective, Ann Arbor has  Zingerman’s Creamery, and Austin has Antonelli’s.

storefront

John and Kendall are all about educating themselves and their customers. They regularly teach cheese pairing classes — like the one they did for a Tasty Touring group back in December at Independence Brewery — and blackboards with cheesy facts line the walls at the shop.

cheese education

Customers are encouraged to try almost any cheese in the case, and keep tasting for as long as they like. Once you purchase your cheeses, they get saved in the system to make it easy to reorder the next time you visit.

Adam loves to surprise me with appetizers at home featuring Antonelli’s cheese, olives, a crusty loaf of bread, and red wine. You can’t go wrong with that combination!

John Antonelli focuses on educating customers through sampling

John Antonelli focuses on educating customers through sampling

Antonelli’s offers everything you might need for a romantic picnic for two. Below, Kendall works the meat counter while John focuses on the cheese. They also carry wine, beer, crackers, bread, squares of chocolate, olives, and more.

One of my favorite cheeses these days is Burrata, which Antonelli’s receives in small batches and sells out quickly. The Antonelli’s are unable to provide samples of Burrata due to it’s consistency and packaging but I did try this amazing, creamy cheese at our friend Mike K. (of Austin Food Carts) house and am in love. Call Antonelli’s and ask them to save you some next time it comes in. You can thank me later.

The shop also offers cured meats, olives, crackers, jams, beer, wine, and everything you need for a romantic picnic.

Kendall and John workin' it

The photos for this post was actually taken around the time the shop opened, in early 2010. Next door, the Hyde Park Grill was celebrating Valentine’s Day with a chocolate dipped heart sculpture on top of the fork that is outside the restaurant, and decorated for holidays, year-round.

Since Antonelli’s is all about the love —  for each other, their staff, the community, and of course, cheese, it seemed like an appropriate image to end this post.

love

Antonelli’s is located at 42nd and Duval and is open every day but Monday. Hours Tuesday through Saturday are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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