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16 Charming Italian Restaurants in Austin

Red sauces, meatballs, and plenty of pastas

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Italian food in Austin comes in many iterations, from fresh, springy pasta to certified Neapolitan pizza to Italian-American red sauce joints. From longtime local favorites to newcomers on the scene, here are the top Italian restaurants in the city.

Those looking for chewy handmade pasta shouldn’t skip the food trucks — both Patrizi’s and Artipasta make fresh pasta ready for a variety of sauces. In the mood for pizza? Bufalina and Bufalina Due offer Neapolitan-style pies alongside an exceptional natural wine list. Looking for meat dishes? Intero has tender meats like wagyu short ribs.

For the full pasta experience, check out Eater’s must-try pasta destinations (which span Italian and non-Italian restaurants) and best macaroni and cheeses.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Andiamo Ristorante

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Hidden in a strip mall this North Burnet restaurant serves rich Italian dishes like gnocchi in brown butter sauce, veal, polenta, and more. Try not to fill up on the fantastic homemade bread. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Olive & June

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The Bryker Woods restaurant’s emphasis is on handmade pastas like the campanelle, ravioli, and bucatini. Pair dishes with a glass of wine from the diverse wine list and enjoy on the adorable patio. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Asti Trattoria

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This longtime Hyde Park restaurant has a sampling of all the Italian favorites, from polpette to pizza to handmade pasta to risotto. Asti has a great casually elegant atmosphere and a breezy patio. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

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This beautiful Mueller restaurant offers locally sourced dishes like super-fresh mozzarella, sourdough focaccia, pappardelle with beef cheeks, and seafood risotto, along with wine and cocktails. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Patrizi's

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Handmade pastas anchor this Italian truck’s menu, with dishes like Karah’s diavolo, a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and chile mix that is topped with an egg yolk. Beef and pork meatballs, roasted vegetables, and other sides round out the menu. There’s a second location out in Austin Lake Hills. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Cipollina

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This restaurant in the heart of Clarksville focuses on Italian cuisine with an Austin twist. For lunch, try a meatball sandwich. For dinner, opt for a crispy thin-crust pizza or the bolognese, made with brisket, bacon, tomato, and tagliatelle, topped with grana padano. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sammie's Italian

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This Jersey-proud red sauce downtown joint from hospitality group McGuire Moorman Lambert offers Italian-American classics in an upscale atmosphere. Look for dishes like chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, and smothered pork chops. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Numero 28

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The downtown restaurant is a casual stop for pizzas, both white and with red sauce, as well as pasta, lunch paninis, and desserts. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Il Brutto

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The East Austin restaurant boasts a classic Italian menu with fresh salads, meat and cheese appetizers, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, and creative decadent desserts. The twinkle-lit outdoor patio is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bufalina

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For over a decade, Bufalina has been Austin’s go-to for Neapolitan pizza, from classic margherita to creations like the Franco Pepe pie with anchovies and black olives, along with newer pastas courtesy of chef Grae Nonas (famously of Italian pop-up Le Cowboy) Don’t miss the extensive list of natural wine. There’s this location in East Austin and a second one up in Brentwood with chef Matt Lester. To-go orders for Brentwood only can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Juniper

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Taking its cues from Northern Italian cuisine, the East Austin restaurant serves Italian favorites in a sleek, modern setting. Thre are a la carte items as well as a prix fixe menu. Grab a spot at the chef’s counter for dinner and a show. Don’t miss the focaccia or the delicate pasta dishes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The East Austin restaurant strives for zero waste, which means using all parts of ingredients in cooking. The menu includes handmade pasta like a ravioli with smoked redfish, ricotta gnocchi with roasted rabbit, and lots of seasonal local vegetable plates. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Vespaio

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Italian restaurant Vespaio has been a staple on South Congress for over 20 years, with pastas, breads, and desserts all made in-house. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Heel of the Boot

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The truck moved into the Riverside neighborhood this year, but still focuses on cuisine from Puglia, in the south of Italy. That means orecchiette with nduja chorizo. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dining areas within the South Shore Eatery.

Artipasta

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Opened by immigrants from the city of Mantova in the Lombardy region of Italy, the Italian food truck offers some of the most true-to-Italy dishes in Austin. Try pasta dishes like the indulgently rich lasagne or casarecce with sage and almond pesto. There’s a second location up in the Linc that only offers pickup and deliveries. To-go orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are outdoor dining areas.

Trattoria Lisina

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This family-owned Hill Country restaurant serves Italian favorites based on recipes generations old. The vineyard surroundings recall the Italian countryside and make for a great getaway. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Andiamo Ristorante

Hidden in a strip mall this North Burnet restaurant serves rich Italian dishes like gnocchi in brown butter sauce, veal, polenta, and more. Try not to fill up on the fantastic homemade bread. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Olive & June

The Bryker Woods restaurant’s emphasis is on handmade pastas like the campanelle, ravioli, and bucatini. Pair dishes with a glass of wine from the diverse wine list and enjoy on the adorable patio. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Asti Trattoria

This longtime Hyde Park restaurant has a sampling of all the Italian favorites, from polpette to pizza to handmade pasta to risotto. Asti has a great casually elegant atmosphere and a breezy patio. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

This beautiful Mueller restaurant offers locally sourced dishes like super-fresh mozzarella, sourdough focaccia, pappardelle with beef cheeks, and seafood risotto, along with wine and cocktails. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Patrizi's

Handmade pastas anchor this Italian truck’s menu, with dishes like Karah’s diavolo, a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and chile mix that is topped with an egg yolk. Beef and pork meatballs, roasted vegetables, and other sides round out the menu. There’s a second location out in Austin Lake Hills. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Cipollina

This restaurant in the heart of Clarksville focuses on Italian cuisine with an Austin twist. For lunch, try a meatball sandwich. For dinner, opt for a crispy thin-crust pizza or the bolognese, made with brisket, bacon, tomato, and tagliatelle, topped with grana padano. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sammie's Italian

This Jersey-proud red sauce downtown joint from hospitality group McGuire Moorman Lambert offers Italian-American classics in an upscale atmosphere. Look for dishes like chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, and smothered pork chops. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Food on dishes on a table.
Dishes from Sammie’s.
Bethany Ochs

Numero 28

The downtown restaurant is a casual stop for pizzas, both white and with red sauce, as well as pasta, lunch paninis, and desserts. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Il Brutto

The East Austin restaurant boasts a classic Italian menu with fresh salads, meat and cheese appetizers, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, and creative decadent desserts. The twinkle-lit outdoor patio is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bufalina

For over a decade, Bufalina has been Austin’s go-to for Neapolitan pizza, from classic margherita to creations like the Franco Pepe pie with anchovies and black olives, along with newer pastas courtesy of chef Grae Nonas (famously of Italian pop-up Le Cowboy) Don’t miss the extensive list of natural wine. There’s this location in East Austin and a second one up in Brentwood with chef Matt Lester. To-go orders for Brentwood only can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Juniper

Taking its cues from Northern Italian cuisine, the East Austin restaurant serves Italian favorites in a sleek, modern setting. Thre are a la carte items as well as a prix fixe menu. Grab a spot at the chef’s counter for dinner and a show. Don’t miss the focaccia or the delicate pasta dishes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Intero

The East Austin restaurant strives for zero waste, which means using all parts of ingredients in cooking. The menu includes handmade pasta like a ravioli with smoked redfish, ricotta gnocchi with roasted rabbit, and lots of seasonal local vegetable plates. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Vespaio

Italian restaurant Vespaio has been a staple on South Congress for over 20 years, with pastas, breads, and desserts all made in-house. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Heel of the Boot

The truck moved into the Riverside neighborhood this year, but still focuses on cuisine from Puglia, in the south of Italy. That means orecchiette with nduja chorizo. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dining areas within the South Shore Eatery.

Artipasta

Opened by immigrants from the city of Mantova in the Lombardy region of Italy, the Italian food truck offers some of the most true-to-Italy dishes in Austin. Try pasta dishes like the indulgently rich lasagne or casarecce with sage and almond pesto. There’s a second location up in the Linc that only offers pickup and deliveries. To-go orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are outdoor dining areas.

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Trattoria Lisina

This family-owned Hill Country restaurant serves Italian favorites based on recipes generations old. The vineyard surroundings recall the Italian countryside and make for a great getaway. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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