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

Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
649 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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
98% recommended
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Siena Ristorante Toscana

$$$$·Italian·
Northwest
1,535 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Special Occasion in Austin

It's Italian Cucina

$$$$·Italian·
South Austin
286 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
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
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Il Brutto

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
574 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
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Intero

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
348 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Austin
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ASTI Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
1,500 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
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Cipollina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
667 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin
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68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Central Austin
798 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin

Juniper

$$$$·Italian·
East Austin
1,104 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Austin

Trattoria Lisina

$$$$·Italian·
Driftwood
5,531 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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
99% recommended
Italian in Austin
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L'Oca d'Oro

$$$$·Italian·
North Central
800 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
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The Backspace - Austin

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Downtown
518 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
Late Night Find in Austin
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La Volpe

$$$$·American·
Downtown
175 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
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Red Ash Italia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,701 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
99% recommended
Notable Wine List in Austin
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Mia Italian Tapas & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
North Central
366 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
Late Night Find in Austin

OP Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
414 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • 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
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Botticelli's

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,395 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
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Visconti Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Bee Caves / Lakeway / Lake Travis
173 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
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
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