Native Italians Delfo Trombetta and Erind Halilaj have a simple goal: to bring the best Italian sandwiches to Austin, Texas.
Partner, New Waterloo
La Matta is inspired by my childhood spent in Sicily. Life in Catania revolved around family and food: fresh bread daily from the panificio, meat from the macellaio, and fish from the pescherie. Weekends were spent around the dining room table with family, where we ate and played cards. In Catania, when someone is lucky, you jokingly say they have "culo," which translates to "butt." In the game Sette e Mezzo, I got La Matta (the wild card) a lot. I was lucky—I had a big butt.
Executive Chef, La Matta & Il Brutto
As a result of being raised in Italy, I have a deep passion for good food and the dining experience. My goal with La Matta is to bring authentic Italian sandwiches to Austin. Authentic, meaning there is no interpretation—this is what you would eat in Italy, presented in exactly the same way.
The name La Matta is inspired by the wild card in traditional Italian playing cards. One of the most popular Italian card games is Scopa, which means "broom" or "sweep" in Italian. The objective: to sweep the table of cards. Want to play? We've got you covered. Just ask one of our team members for instructions and loaner deck.