1209 Red River
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-9:30pm; Sun., 5-9pm
serves some of the best homestyle thin-crust pizzas (including plenty of gluten-free options) and has bargain Italian lunch specials that can be enjoyed alfresco.
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
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.
508 West Ave., 512/472-3534
From sublime starters like roasted beets with goat cheese to the oh-so-succulent beef tenderloin, the food is a model of perfect preparation and clean flavors. Save room for the extraordinary polenta pound cake.
314 Congress, 512/479-8131