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19 Charming Italian Restaurants in Austin

Red sauces, meatballs, and plenty of pastas

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Italian restaurants boast of a prominent spot in Austin’s culinary scene, especially since the number of eateries inspired by the European country have increased recently. Home-made pastas, delicious meats, speciality cheeses, and red sauces are here to stay in the city.

Austin’s best Italian restaurants and food trucks range from longtime spots to newcomers. There are places serving up meatballs (Patrizi’s), roasted chicken (Italic), an array of pizza options (Numero 28), brisket bolognese (Cipollina), Northern Italian dishes (Juniper), classic takes (Vespaio), stuffed ravioli (La Traviata), hearty meats (Red Ash), sweet cannoli (Somethin’ Italian), and so much more.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andiamo Ristorante

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325, 2521 Rutland Dr
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 719-3377
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True Italian fare with no compromise is what you’ll find at this North Burnet restaurant. Stop in for house-made breads, pastas, and desserts.

Seafood linguini from Andiamo
Seafood linguini from Andiamo
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2. Gusto

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4800 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 458-1100
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This Rosedale neighborhood restaurant offers approachable yet tasty Italian dishes ranging from fresh pasta, hand-formed pizzas, to Texas meats and seafood, all made with locally sourced ingredients.

The Texas redfish at Gusto
The Texas redfish at Gusto
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3. Olive & June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9898
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Made in house daily, Olive &June’s emphasis on handmade pastas like the campanelle, ravioli, and bucatini, which celebrates the best of what Italian cuisine has to offer. Pair dishes dish with a glass of wine from one of Austin’s most expansive and diverse selections of Italian wines.

Pastas at Olive & June
Pastas at Olive & June
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4. L'Oca d'Oro

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1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 212-1876
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This Mueller restaurant doesn’t boast an expansive menu. Instead, offers a handful of carefully crafted dishes that combine classic Italian dishes and exciting flavors, like the polpette, with pork and salami meatballs and tomato jam.

The spaghetti carbonara at L’Oca d’Oro
The spaghetti carbonara at L’Oca d’Oro
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5. Patrizi's

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2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 522-4834
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Handmade pastas anchor this Italian truck’s menu, with classic dishes to innovative takes like Karah’s diavolo, a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, chili mix that is topped with an egg yolk. Beef and pork meatballs, roasted vegetables, and an assortment of seasonal bruschetta round out the menu’s offerings.

A white plate piled with fettucine, red sauce, and meatballs on top, on a wooden board, with a piece of paper out front with the Patrizi’s logo.
Spaghetti and meatballs at Patrizi’s
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6. Cipollina

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1213 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5211
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This west Austin restaurant focuses on Italian cuisines with an Austin twist. For lunch, try a soup and salad combo or a sandwich made on Easy Tiger bread. For dinner, opt for the bolognese, made with brisket, bacon, tomato, tagliatelle, and topped with grana padano.

Fresh spaghetti alla chitarra at Cipollina
Fresh spaghetti alla chitarra at Cipollina
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7. Sophia's

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500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 580-9990
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Dubbed as a classic Italian-American supper club, Sophia’s offers Italian dishes with a modern, American twist with an emphasis on homemade pastas, whole roasted fish, and shareable appetizers.

Bowl of bolognese at Sophia’s
Bowl of bolognese at Sophia’s
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8. Italic

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123 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 660-5390
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Among this downtown restaurant’s classic Italian offerings of pasta and cheeses, are the roasted half chicken and halibut, both cooked in a traditional pizza oven.

Half-chicken with pistachio pesto at Italic
Half-chicken with pistachio pesto at Italic
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9. La Traviata

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314 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 479-8131
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Serving downtown Austin for nearly two decades, La Traviata is loved for its ever-changing homemade ravioli dishes that are prepared differently each day.

Homemade ravioli at La Traviata
Homemade ravioli at La Traviata
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10. Red Ash Italia

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Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St #200
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 379-2906

Locally sourced meats and an assortment of seafood are roasted to perfection on the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning grill and oven. The downtown restaurant also offers a variety of handmade pastas, too.

Beef bone marrow and wild mushroom risotto at Red Ash
Beef bone marrow and wild mushroom risotto at Red Ash
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11. Numero 28

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452 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-5510
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Numero 28 offers a variety of pizza combinations, including red sauce pizzas to white (no red sauce) pizzas and two house specialties, too. This downtown eatery’s casual environment is the perfect spot for a large group or intimate meal.

The Austin pizza at Numero 28
The Austin pizza at Numero 28
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12. Taverna

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258 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-1001
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Both locations of the Italian restaurant offer classic dishes like pizza, pastas, and meats, but this downtown spot highlights its assortment of risottos that include seafood, meat, and vegetarian options.

Pizza and pasta dishes at Taverna
Pizza and pasta dishes at Taverna
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13. Somethin' Italian

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1606 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(215) 262-3214
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Located on East 6th Street, this food truck is brining East Coast Italian to town with meatballs, chicken parmigiana subs, calamari, and cannolis.

Philly-Italian pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone at Somethin’ Italian
Philly-Italian pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone at Somethin’ Italian
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14. Il Brutto

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1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 580-8779
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East Austin newcomer Il Brutto, boasts a classic Italian menu with fresh salads, meat and cheese appetizers, firewood pizzas, handmade pastas, and decadent desserts. The dimly lit, outdoor patio is the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Pizza at Il Brutto
Pizza at Il Brutto
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15. Juniper

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2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-9421
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Inspired by Northern Italian cuisine, Juniper serves Italian favorites in a sleek, modern setting. The pappardelle with oxtail ragù is a dish worth noting.

Pappardelle at Juniper
Pappardelle at Juniper
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16. It's Italian Cucina

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1500 S Lamar Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 482-8655
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East Austin’s It’s Italian Market and Café relocated across the river with It’s Italian Cucina. Stop in for lunch or dinner for classic food offerings like pasta, meats, and cheeses.

Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
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17. Botticelli's

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1321 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-1315
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Botticelli’s on South Congress combines traditional Italian dishes with Austin’s laid-back, casual flare. Raviolis are handmade, the lasagna is made fresh daily, and the meat dishes are creative and innovative. Dine indoors in the intimate café, or sit out back in the restaurant’s beer garden, which features local music Thursday through Saturday. Be sure to sample the acclaimed wine list, too.

Garlic molasses-marinated lamb chops at Botticelli’s
Garlic molasses-marinated lamb chops at Botticelli’s
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18. Vespaio & Enoteca Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-7672
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Both the Italian restaurant (Vespaio) and its next-door relaxed and less pricy counterpart (Enoteca Vespaio) are driven by handmade, locally sourced ingredients. The charcuteries, pastas, breads, even its cheeses, are all made in-house.

Small plates at Enoteca Vespaio
Small plates at Enoteca Vespaio
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19. Trattoria Lisina

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13308 Ranch to Market Rd 150
Driftwood, TX 78619
(512) 894-3111
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Family owned and operated, this Hill Country restaurant serves Italian favorites based off recipes generations old. Share a meal with family and friends and feel like you’re sitting on the Italian hillside.

Grilled asparagus salad at Trattoria Lisina
Grilled asparagus salad at Trattoria Lisina
Trattoria Lisina/Facebook

1. Andiamo Ristorante

325, 2521 Rutland Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Seafood linguini from Andiamo
Seafood linguini from Andiamo
Andiamo/Facebook

True Italian fare with no compromise is what you’ll find at this North Burnet restaurant. Stop in for house-made breads, pastas, and desserts.

325, 2521 Rutland Dr
Austin, TX 78758

2. Gusto

4800 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
The Texas redfish at Gusto
The Texas redfish at Gusto
Gusto/Facebook

This Rosedale neighborhood restaurant offers approachable yet tasty Italian dishes ranging from fresh pasta, hand-formed pizzas, to Texas meats and seafood, all made with locally sourced ingredients.

4800 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

3. Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Pastas at Olive & June
Pastas at Olive & June
Olive & June/Facebook

Made in house daily, Olive &June’s emphasis on handmade pastas like the campanelle, ravioli, and bucatini, which celebrates the best of what Italian cuisine has to offer. Pair dishes dish with a glass of wine from one of Austin’s most expansive and diverse selections of Italian wines.

3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

4. L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
The spaghetti carbonara at L’Oca d’Oro
The spaghetti carbonara at L’Oca d’Oro
L’Oca d’Oro/Facebook

This Mueller restaurant doesn’t boast an expansive menu. Instead, offers a handful of carefully crafted dishes that combine classic Italian dishes and exciting flavors, like the polpette, with pork and salami meatballs and tomato jam.

1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723

5. Patrizi's

2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
A white plate piled with fettucine, red sauce, and meatballs on top, on a wooden board, with a piece of paper out front with the Patrizi’s logo.
Spaghetti and meatballs at Patrizi’s
Patrizi’s/Facebook

Handmade pastas anchor this Italian truck’s menu, with classic dishes to innovative takes like Karah’s diavolo, a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, chili mix that is topped with an egg yolk. Beef and pork meatballs, roasted vegetables, and an assortment of seasonal bruschetta round out the menu’s offerings.

2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Cipollina

1213 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Fresh spaghetti alla chitarra at Cipollina
Fresh spaghetti alla chitarra at Cipollina
Cipollina/Facebook

This west Austin restaurant focuses on Italian cuisines with an Austin twist. For lunch, try a soup and salad combo or a sandwich made on Easy Tiger bread. For dinner, opt for the bolognese, made with brisket, bacon, tomato, tagliatelle, and topped with grana padano.

1213 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

7. Sophia's

500 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Bowl of bolognese at Sophia’s
Bowl of bolognese at Sophia’s
Sophia’s Austin/Facebook

Dubbed as a classic Italian-American supper club, Sophia’s offers Italian dishes with a modern, American twist with an emphasis on homemade pastas, whole roasted fish, and shareable appetizers.

500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Italic

123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Half-chicken with pistachio pesto at Italic
Half-chicken with pistachio pesto at Italic
Italic/Facebook

Among this downtown restaurant’s classic Italian offerings of pasta and cheeses, are the roasted half chicken and halibut, both cooked in a traditional pizza oven.

123 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. La Traviata

314 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Homemade ravioli at La Traviata
Homemade ravioli at La Traviata
La Traviata/Facebook

Serving downtown Austin for nearly two decades, La Traviata is loved for its ever-changing homemade ravioli dishes that are prepared differently each day.

314 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. Red Ash Italia

Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St #200, Austin, TX 78701
Beef bone marrow and wild mushroom risotto at Red Ash
Beef bone marrow and wild mushroom risotto at Red Ash
Red Ash/Facebook

Locally sourced meats and an assortment of seafood are roasted to perfection on the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning grill and oven. The downtown restaurant also offers a variety of handmade pastas, too.

Colorado Tower, 303 Colorado St #200
Austin, TX 78701

11. Numero 28

452 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
The Austin pizza at Numero 28
The Austin pizza at Numero 28
Numero 28/Yelp

Numero 28 offers a variety of pizza combinations, including red sauce pizzas to white (no red sauce) pizzas and two house specialties, too. This downtown eatery’s casual environment is the perfect spot for a large group or intimate meal.

452 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Taverna

258 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Pizza and pasta dishes at Taverna
Pizza and pasta dishes at Taverna
Taverna/Facebook

Both locations of the Italian restaurant offer classic dishes like pizza, pastas, and meats, but this downtown spot highlights its assortment of risottos that include seafood, meat, and vegetarian options.

258 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Somethin' Italian

1606 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Philly-Italian pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone at Somethin’ Italian
Philly-Italian pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone at Somethin’ Italian
Somethin’ Italian/Facebook

Located on East 6th Street, this food truck is brining East Coast Italian to town with meatballs, chicken parmigiana subs, calamari, and cannolis.

1606 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Il Brutto

1601 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Pizza at Il Brutto
Pizza at Il Brutto
Il Brutto/Facebook

East Austin newcomer Il Brutto, boasts a classic Italian menu with fresh salads, meat and cheese appetizers, firewood pizzas, handmade pastas, and decadent desserts. The dimly lit, outdoor patio is the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Juniper

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304, Austin, TX 78702
Pappardelle at Juniper
Pappardelle at Juniper
Juniper/Facebook

Inspired by Northern Italian cuisine, Juniper serves Italian favorites in a sleek, modern setting. The pappardelle with oxtail ragù is a dish worth noting.

2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702

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16. It's Italian Cucina

1500 S Lamar Blvd #110, Austin, TX 78704
Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
Dishes at It’s Italian Cucina
It’s Italian Cucina/Facebook

East Austin’s It’s Italian Market and Café relocated across the river with It’s Italian Cucina. Stop in for lunch or dinner for classic food offerings like pasta, meats, and cheeses.

1500 S Lamar Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78704

17. Botticelli's

1321 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Garlic molasses-marinated lamb chops at Botticelli’s
Garlic molasses-marinated lamb chops at Botticelli’s
Botticelli’s/Yelp

Botticelli’s on South Congress combines traditional Italian dishes with Austin’s laid-back, casual flare. Raviolis are handmade, the lasagna is made fresh daily, and the meat dishes are creative and innovative. Dine indoors in the intimate café, or sit out back in the restaurant’s beer garden, which features local music Thursday through Saturday. Be sure to sample the acclaimed wine list, too.

1321 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

18. Vespaio & Enoteca Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Small plates at Enoteca Vespaio
Small plates at Enoteca Vespaio
Enoteca Vespaio/Facebook

Both the Italian restaurant (Vespaio) and its next-door relaxed and less pricy counterpart (Enoteca Vespaio) are driven by handmade, locally sourced ingredients. The charcuteries, pastas, breads, even its cheeses, are all made in-house.

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

19. Trattoria Lisina

13308 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Driftwood, TX 78619
Grilled asparagus salad at Trattoria Lisina
Grilled asparagus salad at Trattoria Lisina
Trattoria Lisina/Facebook

Family owned and operated, this Hill Country restaurant serves Italian favorites based off recipes generations old. Share a meal with family and friends and feel like you’re sitting on the Italian hillside.

13308 Ranch to Market Rd 150
Driftwood, TX 78619

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