10 Best Italian Restaurants in Austin, Texas: Tiramisu, Cannoli, Lasagna, Cacciatore, Ah, Mi Amore!

Does your heart speed up when you hear the words cannelloni and rigatoni?  Does the thought of Tiramisu make you say 'ah, mi amor....?'  If so, Austin will not disappoint your taste buds.  Austin is well known for its eclectic culture and its live music but rest assured that when it comes to Italian food, the capital city is no slouch!  So, whether you are looking for a fast and budget friendly Italian eatery or a romantic evening in an upscale establishment, Austin has it.  10 Best highlights top recommendations by those who live and work in Austin.  This is where the locals take their friends and where they choose to eat.  You'll hear about Vespaio, the simple yet elegant restaurant in downtown Austin with a great selection of wine. We'll tell you about Carmelo's: a restaurant housed in Texas' oldest train depot and several other establishments that pride themselves on their amazing cuisine.  You'll want to try them all and wish you had the time to do so!  Our goal is to give you plenty of delicious facts so that you can narrow down the list to that one perfect place for your occasion.  Buon Appetito!



Considered an upscale and trendy restaurant, Asti Trattoria has hip decor and ambiance best described as fun. This perky establishment attracts a wide range of dining personalities. But all have one thing in common: A love of Italian food! ...  Read More



Andiamo is decorated simply with an eye towards quaint. It is located in a strip mall but do not let that deter you. Many diners refer to it as romantic but foodies in the know will tell you that the food here is the closest you'll get to 'real'...  Read More

Congress Avenue


For over a decade, La Traviata has been serving the Austin area with genuine Italian comfort food. For those with lighter appetites they serve a wonderful selection of salads. Fancy a great pasta? Ask what the homemade ravioli of the day is....  Read More



Constructed to closely resemble an Italian Tuscan villa, Siena begins with amazing ambiance and a serving staff that truly KNOWS what they are doing. Customers consistently comment on the quality of service received during their dining...  Read More

South Congress Avenue
Enoteca Vespaio


Enoteca Vespaio is a smaller version of the fabulous (and previously mentioned)Vespaio. It's a cafe and wine bar that offers more casual and budget friendly dining than its counterpart. Enoteca offers a busy atmosphere and people are in and...  Read More

South Congress Avenue


Andrew and Matt Botticelli are the owners of this establishment that shines with pride. Botticelli's features a restaurant and an outdoor beer garden. Live music and happy hours take place most days of the week. Guests wear satisfied smiles...  Read More

South Congress Avenue


Vespaio is one of those places that automatically gets a thumbs up when you mention their name. You'll hear things like "Always a go-to for a good meal" and "We love this place" and "Try the lasagna." Described as bustling and boisterous,...  Read More



This warm, inviting restaurant has three locations and Austin is lucky to have one of them. The restaurant prides itself on a range of northern Italian dishes and a flagship dish, Risotto. The restaurant is described simultaneously as 'quaint...  Read More


Meet Krissy Gillaspia

Krissy is a native Texan who loves the warmth and sunshine that living in Texas brings almost year-round.  She enjoys listening to Texas music outdoors, and in the summer, she enjoys floating...  More About Krissy