3940 S. Lamar
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm
This chain eatery serves reliable, generic Italian food at reasonable prices. A popular family place and a safe choice for those who fear the food-unknown.
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.
3403 S. Lamar, 512/900-8670
Look for rustic rotisserie items and fresh pasta dishes, as well as some of the greatest hits from the former Fino menu, as well as desserts, cookies, and soft serve ice cream.
1100 S. Lamar #2115