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
Varied Italian regional cuisines and an extensive wine list keep this Hyde Park neighborhood stalwart hopping. The pizza and seafood dishes are terrific, but we always gravitate to the risotto.
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 830/249-9563
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.
This national chain serves "immigrant Southern Italian" cuisine. Dishes are served family-style or personalized for two with smaller portions.
The menu here draws inspiration from around the Mediterranean, offering up dishes from Italy, the Middle East, even the south of France. Fans of Fox's other restaurants will be pleased to see some dishes from Fino, and there are house-made pastas and small, crisp-crust pizzas reminiscent of Asti. Read our review.
1100 S. Lamar #2115
This restaurant 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 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
A Clarksville charmer, Cipollina has the feel of well-kept secret. Mediterranean-inspired dishes abound, such as paninos at lunchtime, as well as pasta and signature pizzas all
the time. For dinner, try the cioppino. Read our review.
1213 West Lynn 512/477-5211
A family restaurant serving "home-cooked Italian specialties" and buffalo wings.
It's been around for a few years, but still feels like a discovery. The food still relies heavily on the locally-sourced ingredients they have always used, but now focuses on Creole-Italian dishes like a red gravy spaghetti made with a spiced tomato sauce. The fresh juice cocktails go down nicely in an atmosphere described as "silent movie house meets Speakeasy." Read our review.
1100 E. Sixth 512/467-4280