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Cuisine: Italian
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
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
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
Offers primavera, rigatoni, fettuccine, pizza, stromboli, lasagna, and wine, wine, wine. If these words mean anything to you, check out these eats.
10710 Research #310 + 512/345-6181
9911 Brodie + 512/292-3939
1209 Red River + 512/477-7006
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
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
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
A comfortable neighborhood spot with pasta, pizzas, and beer.
4970 Hwy. 290 W. + 512/891-7200
A family restaurant serving "home-cooked Italian specialties" and buffalo wings.
5501 Balcones + 512/323-0660
1310 Hwy. 620 S. + 512/263-9936
Customers have come away raving about the delicious house-cured meats, the imported cheeses, and the marvelous pastries: handmade artisanal food at its finest.
1610 S. Congress + 512/441-7672
Some things never change, like the quality of these pies, and the De Niro sandwich – homemade foccacia with giant meatballs. Baked Eggplant Provolone on spaghetti sounds good to us, as well. The wine list is well-curated, and pairs well with the main courses here. Read our review.
508 West Ave. + 512/472-3534