Before you have the espresso of your dreams, treat yourself from this expansive menu.
3801 Capital of TX Hwy. N. Ste. G-100 512/327-4448
This is good, old-fashioned Italian – need we say more? Try the Linguine Luci Johnson. Mangia!
2521 Rutland 512/719-3377
Start with the Barbabietola salad of beets, farro, and goat cheese; heirloom tomato caprese; or perfectly delightful arugula-and-prosciutto pizza, and move on to stand-outs such as the hearty cioppino, chock-full of mussels, shrimp, and fish, in a rich, aromatic broth, and the Bistecca, which is a toothsome 10-ounce ribeye. The latter is paired with cauliflower and topped with gorgonzola, a vegetable side dish idea worth stealing. Read our review.
3403 S. Lamar 512/900-8670
Local greens from Boggy Creek farm are a standard, as are many other locally-found ingredients here. For varied Italian regional cuisines and an extensive wine list of mostly Italian and Cal-Ital selections, try this Hyde Park neighborhood stalwart.
408-C E. 43rd 512/451-1218
This is your basic family-style Italian restaurant, where the portions are large, the prices are ridiculously low, and the quality is fine.
1501 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville 512/989-8900
911 S. Main St, Boerne 830/816-2470
It may be described as Chicago-style Italian, but this popular spot offers some sophisticated fare as well. One special, the clams with sweet vermouth and roasted peppers over pappardelle pasta, had our critic swooning. Read our review.
1321 S. Congress 512/916-1315
This isn't just some of the best pizza in town; there's a full menu of gluten-free options complementing the traditional, filling pasta dishes, all with a personal touch. Read our review.
This national chain serves "immigrant Southern Italian" cuisine. Dishes are served family-style or personalized for two with smaller portions.
3612 Tudor 512/342-8462
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr. 512/257-2822
Features a buffet, but not in the classic sense. More than 70 dishes are displayed in numerous food stations, all prepared in-house and from fresh ingredients. Read our review.
4715 Hwy. 290 W. 512/892-4444
Offers an upscale Italian and Continental menu in a beautifully restored Downtown railroad hotel. Catch live accordion music five nights a week.
504 E. Fifth 512/477-7497
Order from the pasta bar, sample one of the wood-fired pizzas, or choose a grilled specialty. The menu also includes the requisite manicotti, lasagna, and spaghetti options.
11590 Research 512/345-8232
Half of the menu is Lebanese, and that is where Cedar's really shines. The hummus, dolmas, baba ghanoush, Greek salad, tabbouleh, kafta, and Mediterranean specials are fresh, made from scratch, and excellent. The Italian side of the menu features Mama's Chicken Sophia, a fresh chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and artichoke hearts and topped with a divine pine nut sauce.
904 College St., Bastrop 512/321-7808
14028 N US Hwy 183, Suite 210 512/243-6555
Peche's Italian sister.
1612 Lavaca 512/284-9954
When Chef Mattia Lambertini took the helm, the emphasis shifted to a seasonal menu comprised of locally sourced ingredients. Mediterranean-inspired dishes abound, such as frittatas at lunchtime, as well as panzanella and signature pizzas all
the time. For dinner, try the tagliatelle or wood-fired quail. Read our review.
1213 West Lynn 512/477-5211
314 W. Second 512/473-2744