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Be part of our delicious family tradition! You're helping us bring Patrizi's back, great Italian food, with a growing Italian family

You can't choose the family you're born into, but some of us get lucky. For me, my luck meant getting thrown into a world of handmade pasta and scratch-made sauces, all so good it could make you cry. And believe me, we cried, and laughed, and talked a lot. LoudlyWe're Italian, you know. Between happy shouts and big hand gestures we ate, and loved one another as much as we loved the food.

Jessica Eating Food and Laughing
Jessica Eating Food and Laughing

I'm not talking about making dorm room noodles. We're going to need a dough sheeter, oven, pots, shelving, and maybe a few spoons. Real food takes real time and money, and that's where you can help. Your donations go directly to building out and equipping a classic ('91) beauty of a truck, and I don't do anything halfway.

Uncle Gerald Making Manicotti
Uncle Gerald Making Manicotti

Food is an expression of cultural and personal history. It's instinctual and symbolic, where both biological and spiritual needs can come together. So, do you feed more than just your belly when you eat? We want to bring back a sense of the family-centered dining I grew up with, the kind that sticks with you long after the meal is gone, and can't think of a better place than the dynamic Austin culinary scene. We have the truck and the passion, but now we need the kitchen. You can be a part of that, both on Kickstarter and at the table. If you help us get rolling, there's just one thing left to say: order's up, and welcome to the family!

Fettuccine Carbonara with Bacon and Egg Yolk
Fettuccine Carbonara with Bacon and Egg Yolk

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Our goal here is remodeling and spiffing up a much-loved Chevy step van into a working kitchen. Our ideal workspace includes butcher block countertops, stainless cabinetry, a range, generator, AC units, hood vents, etc. It's going to take time and effort, but fortunately we've got a talented local contractor signed on to the project (who also happens to be family!).

Risks and Challenges:
- Time constraints: Ideally, we'll be ready to go by SXSW 2013
- Staffing: We've got to find some talented, great people to help us expand
- Location: We're still shopping for an ideal place to set up shop

Strengths and Opportunities:
- The Jalopy: We've enjoyed sustained success over the last 2 years
- Patrizi's Restaurant: A Beaumont, TX staple for over 50 years; a track record that's hard to beat for a concept inspiration!
- Network: We have a great circle of incredibly accomplished, knowledgeable fans, family, and friends to leverage
- Competition: There just aren't that many great Italian restaurants in Austin
- Family focus: There aren't many restaurants specifically creating a family atmosphere in this city

We expect many challenges, as should any newcomer in the food business, but we'll meet them with enthusiasm and confidence. We trust that with your help, Patrizi's can be one of the best Italian eateries Austin has ever seen!

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    Free Entree at Patrizi's: Come to our new restaurant and get yourself one of our homemade Italian dishes.

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    Patrizi's Apron + Free Entree: Channel your inner Italian while you cook. It starts with fresh ingredients, a passion for cooking, and lookin good! To top it off you also get a free meal at Patrizi's.

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    Grand Opening Party Package: Get invited to our grand opening party, where we will be serving up free food and drinks. Everyone will get a Patrizi Apron, and a few other goodies.

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    Candlelit Dinner for Two: We will setup an intimate table for two at our restaurant. Comes with 2 salads, 2 entrees, and a dessert to share. We will even sing some Dean Martin if you want.

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    Cook Book: Get some of our most popular recipes that we will sell at our truck. Red Sauce, Cacio e Pepe, Meatballs, Cipino Sauce, etc.

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    Work at Patrizi's: Come to our truck and have personalized cooking lessons. This package comes complete with your own personalized cook book and Patrizi's apron. Plus, we get to eat all the food that we make.

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    Your Table: Personalized plaque on one of our tables outside our restaurant. Comes with many thank you's and permanent celebrity at Patrizi's.

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    Name a Menu Item: Name it after yourself, your loved ones, your pet hamster, or whatever else you (tastefully!) choose.

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    Truck Art: We'll have your portrait, or whatever you choose, professionally painted on our truck. Be a permanent fixture of the Austin food and art community. Immediate Austin celebrity shortly follows! A copy of your painting and an apron, some free food, and of course, the love and appreciation from the entire family.

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    5 Course Dinner for 10: We'll come to your house and make a 5 course meal for 10 people. We will personalize the menu, bring a full staff out, and make some of the best food you've ever eaten. Good for special occasions, anniversaries, or just a Sunday Funday.

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    Catering for 50: We'll bring our truck out and cater a 50 person event. Great for an office event, birthday party, wedding, or just one pasta lovin' fool. (TX only)

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    Pasta For Life: Lifelong supporter of the family restaurant means you eat for free. Forever. You get an apron, cook book, your own table, and your choice of subjects painted on our truck. And of course,the undying love of the family, and a kiss from the cooks!

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