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The Best Italian Restaurants in Austin

The OpenTable Team

Austin isn’t just the state capital of Texas, it’s a thriving city known for its academic institutions, live music, and amazing food. It’s home to some of the best barbecue, Tex-Mex, burgers, and more. But where are the people going when it comes to eating good Italian in this Lone Star city? We did some digging into our data and found the true tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants that Austin has to offer. Here’s where those people are eating pasta and pizza in ATX.

Restaurants:Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria, Siena Ristorante Toscana, It's Italian Cucina
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Northwest, South Austin
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Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
542 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
For Italian grub just like Mama used to make, Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria takes some beating. Located inside an historic building in downtown Austin, this family-run eateryRead more
83% recommended

Siena Ristorante Toscana

$$$$·Italian·
Northwest
1,313 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Many of Tuscany’s most famous culinary creations are given top billing at Siena Ristorante Toscana. Located just off Highway 360, this homely eatery is known locally for its huge sRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasion in Austin

It's Italian Cucina

$$$$·Italian·
South Austin
187 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
It's Italian Cucina is a celebration of cuisine from the northern regions of Italy. As well as being home to a range of rustic Italian dishes, this intimate dining venue also boastRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Austin

Il Brutto

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
379 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Located on East 6th Street in downtown Austin, Il Brutto is the quintessential neighborhood Italian eatery. There are no frills or formalities here — just amazing, homestyle food. Read more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Austin

Intero Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
208 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Intero Ristorante on East Cesar Chavez Street offers a fusion of classic and contemporary Italian cooking. Culinary creations in this stylish restaurant changes with the seasons, sRead more
99% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

ASTI Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
1,420 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
ASTI Trattoria in Austin’s historic Hyde Park captures the essence of the Italian dining experience. There’s a family, neighborhood feel to this eatery that transports diners back Read more
98% recommended
Best Service in Austin

Cipollina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
607 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Diner ratings suggest Cipollina is one of the best Italian restaurants in Texas. The style of service is casual, but there’s still an air of elegance throughout this charming, neigRead more
94% recommended

68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Central Austin
608 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
For a laid-back, contemporary dining experience, 68 Degrees delivers on all fronts. Located near the Deep Eddy Neighborhood Park, this stripped-back eatery does the simple things pRead more
91% recommended

Juniper

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
843 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Juniper on East Cesar Chavez Street has taken Italian classics and given them a contemporary aesthetic that’s usually associated with French cuisine. Diners can expect all of the cRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Austin

Botticelli's

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,301 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Located in the heart of Austin’s SOCO district, Botticelli’s is an Italian restaurant that isn’t afraid to have fun with its culinary creations. Huge swathes of color and dramatic Read more
98% recommended
Italian in Austin

Trattoria Lisina

$$$$·Italian·
Driftwood
4,780 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
Although this hidden gem is located on the outskirts of Austin, making the trip for lunch or dinner is well worth the hassle. For people looking for an authentic Italian ambiance, Read more
97% recommended
Scenic View in Austin

L'Oca d'Oro

$$$$·Italian·
North Central
729 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The kitchen team at L’Oca d’Oro takes great pride in only sourcing fresh ingredients from local suppliers. And because there’s an emphasis on seasonality, the menu is constantly chRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin

The Backspace - Austin

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Downtown
476 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Located on the edge of Austin’s Warehouse District, The Backspace is a neighborhood Italian and Pizzeria with an identity all of its own. This stylish yet laidback eatery is dominaRead more
92% recommended
Late Night Find in Austin

La Volpe

$$$$·American·
Downtown
139 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
La Volpe has achieved something very special — a fusion of classic Italian food and legendary Southern hospitality. While the dishes served at this charming eatery are instantly reRead more
91% recommended

Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,345 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Hundreds of diners in Austin believe Red Ash Italia is the best Italian in Austin. While this is up for debate, there's no denying the fact that the food and service here is exceptRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Mia Italian Tapas & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
North Central
304 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
Mia Italian Tapas & Bar isn't just a restaurant — it's an entertainment destination. Music, frivolity and cocktails abound here. And the food is made to share, making this rustic, Read more
100% recommended
Late Night Find in Austin

Visconti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Bee Caves / Lakeway / Lake Travis
170 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
Located in the resplendent Hotel Granduca Austin, this stylish restaurant is renowned for the elegant way it presents classically rustic Italian dishes. Visconti Ristorante offers Read more
86% recommended
Notable Wine List in Austin

OP Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
362 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Osteria Pronto in the Second Street District does Italian food simply. The overriding style of cooking on display here is rustic, but that doesn't mean the dining experience lacks Read more
81% recommended
Good for Groups in Austin

Sophia's - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
413 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Sophia’s in Austin’s Civic District delivers its own take on the traditional Italian supper club. Diners are treated to all the classic flavors and aromas associated with this muchRead more
94% recommended
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