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A pasta dish from Il Brutto.
Il Brutto

17 Must-Try Pasta Destinations in Austin

Where to find the best Italian pastas such as cacio e pepe, pappardelle, and spaghetti

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A pasta dish from Il Brutto.
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Craving carbs? For those looking for the best when it comes to flour and water concoctions, Austin has several restaurants making top-notch pasta dishes — from those that would make a nonna proud to those making creative use of Texas ingredients.

Here is Eater’s map to Austin’s best bets for pasta, from Emmer & Rye’s craveable cacio e pepe to Il Brutto’s excellent ragu. This list explores excellent pasta beyond just Italian restaurants, including the rotating pasta offerings of Birdie’s or the seasonal delights of Foreign & Domestic.

To fulfill other pasta needs, check out Eater’s picks for the city’s best Italian restaurants.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Siena Ristorante Toscana

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Dedicated to Tuscan cuisine, the West Austin restaurant offers Italian fare in an idyllic romantic setting so beautiful, it doesn't feel like Texas. Nights call for dishes like the pappardelle al cinghiale, a hand-cut ribbon pasta with a Chianti-braised wild boar sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of wide pasta in a meat sauce.
Papappardelle at Siena.
Siena Ristorante Toscana

Foreign & Domestic

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This chef-owned New American restaurant in North Loop often has a couple of pastas on the menu that make creative use of seasonal ingredients, such as the casio e pepe risotto or the short rib campanelli. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Asti Trattoria

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The neighborhood Italian restaurant in Hyde Park dishes out plenty of pasta, from smoked salmon linguine to rigatoni amatriciana, and, even better: there are brunch pastas too. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

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The Mueller Italian restaurant makes creative use of its handmade pastas, with dishes like malfaldine with a pecan-guajillo butter and cherry agrodolce or the sweet potato gnocchi with mushroom ragu and pickled radishes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Patrizi's

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The fettuccine is thick and chewy at this Italian food truck located in Butterfly Bar in the Cherrywood neighborhood. It comes with sauces like carbonara and garlicky pomodoro. There’s a second location in Cuernavaca. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Cipollina

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This charming Clarksville gem makes its own pasta every day, and even has gluten-free options. The rich bolognese is made with brisket and bacon. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

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This Chestnut counter-service wine resaurant usually has one or two pasta offerings on its ever-rotating menu. Whatever they are, they’re cooked and sauced to perfection. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Emmer & Rye

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This Rainey Street New Texan restaurant takes its grains — and pasta — very seriously. While the menu often changes, be sure to try the mainstay pasta: cacio e pepe made with fermented tomato water. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sammie's

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The fancier Italian American restaurant in downtown — from the McGuire Moorman Lambert group — dishes out perfect red sauce pastas and the such. Think classic spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and bolognese cheese ravioli. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sapori Italian Roots

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The newer downtown Italian restaurant is all about handmade pastas like spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, and more. There are indoor dine-in services.

Dean's Italian Steakhouse

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This sleek steakhouse in the downtown Austin hotel JW Marriott offers pastas with luxe ingredients like bucatini with black truffles and wagyu bolognese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Il Brutto

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This East Sixth Italian restaurant has excellent pasta dishes, from the lasagna alla bolognese e pepe to the decadent pappardelle with lamb ragu, and there are gluten-free options. Plus, the open-air patio is a great spot for people-watching when it’s nice out. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A shallow bowl of long pasta with a cream sauce.
Cacio e pepe from Il Brutto.
Il Brutto

Salt & Time

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This East Seventh butcher shop and restaurant sneakily has some of the best handmade pastas in Austin. The short rib bolognese is a dream, or try the bigoli pasta with tasso ham and chile-cured egg yolks. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Bufalina

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Both locations of the wine/pizza restaurant — this in East Austin and the other up in Brentwood — offer a short yet super-strong handmade pasta menu. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Intero Restaurant

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The East Austin Italian restaurant is another great pasta destination. Find handmade pastas paired with rich meats like the tortelloni with duck confit or mafaldine with house bolognese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Vespaio

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After a day of shopping on South Congress, duck into this Bouldin Creek Italian establishment for classic handmade pastas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Artipasta

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This far South Austin pasta truck owned by an Italian family from Mantova serves a variety of pastas like lasagne, four-cheese macaroni, and spaghetti alla carbonara. There’s a second location up in the Linc. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are third-party deliveries available (Uber Eats, DoorDash); there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Siena Ristorante Toscana

Dedicated to Tuscan cuisine, the West Austin restaurant offers Italian fare in an idyllic romantic setting so beautiful, it doesn't feel like Texas. Nights call for dishes like the pappardelle al cinghiale, a hand-cut ribbon pasta with a Chianti-braised wild boar sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of wide pasta in a meat sauce.
Papappardelle at Siena.
Siena Ristorante Toscana

Foreign & Domestic

This chef-owned New American restaurant in North Loop often has a couple of pastas on the menu that make creative use of seasonal ingredients, such as the casio e pepe risotto or the short rib campanelli. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Asti Trattoria

The neighborhood Italian restaurant in Hyde Park dishes out plenty of pasta, from smoked salmon linguine to rigatoni amatriciana, and, even better: there are brunch pastas too. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

L'Oca d'Oro

The Mueller Italian restaurant makes creative use of its handmade pastas, with dishes like malfaldine with a pecan-guajillo butter and cherry agrodolce or the sweet potato gnocchi with mushroom ragu and pickled radishes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Patrizi's

The fettuccine is thick and chewy at this Italian food truck located in Butterfly Bar in the Cherrywood neighborhood. It comes with sauces like carbonara and garlicky pomodoro. There’s a second location in Cuernavaca. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Cipollina

This charming Clarksville gem makes its own pasta every day, and even has gluten-free options. The rich bolognese is made with brisket and bacon. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

This Chestnut counter-service wine resaurant usually has one or two pasta offerings on its ever-rotating menu. Whatever they are, they’re cooked and sauced to perfection. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Emmer & Rye

This Rainey Street New Texan restaurant takes its grains — and pasta — very seriously. While the menu often changes, be sure to try the mainstay pasta: cacio e pepe made with fermented tomato water. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sammie's

The fancier Italian American restaurant in downtown — from the McGuire Moorman Lambert group — dishes out perfect red sauce pastas and the such. Think classic spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and bolognese cheese ravioli. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Sapori Italian Roots

The newer downtown Italian restaurant is all about handmade pastas like spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, and more. There are indoor dine-in services.

Dean's Italian Steakhouse

This sleek steakhouse in the downtown Austin hotel JW Marriott offers pastas with luxe ingredients like bucatini with black truffles and wagyu bolognese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Il Brutto

This East Sixth Italian restaurant has excellent pasta dishes, from the lasagna alla bolognese e pepe to the decadent pappardelle with lamb ragu, and there are gluten-free options. Plus, the open-air patio is a great spot for people-watching when it’s nice out. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A shallow bowl of long pasta with a cream sauce.
Cacio e pepe from Il Brutto.
Il Brutto

Salt & Time

This East Seventh butcher shop and restaurant sneakily has some of the best handmade pastas in Austin. The short rib bolognese is a dream, or try the bigoli pasta with tasso ham and chile-cured egg yolks. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Bufalina

Both locations of the wine/pizza restaurant — this in East Austin and the other up in Brentwood — offer a short yet super-strong handmade pasta menu. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Intero Restaurant

The East Austin Italian restaurant is another great pasta destination. Find handmade pastas paired with rich meats like the tortelloni with duck confit or mafaldine with house bolognese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Vespaio

After a day of shopping on South Congress, duck into this Bouldin Creek Italian establishment for classic handmade pastas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Artipasta

This far South Austin pasta truck owned by an Italian family from Mantova serves a variety of pastas like lasagne, four-cheese macaroni, and spaghetti alla carbonara. There’s a second location up in the Linc. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are third-party deliveries available (Uber Eats, DoorDash); there are outdoor dine-in areas.

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