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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Austin

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Austin? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (3504)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Red Ash. For your projection and enjoyment, our environment is continuously purified using UV light and Plasma Air Technology.

Please wear your mask when entering Red Ash. You may remove your mask at your table. Please wear your mask when walking through restaurant.

Wood Fired hand crafted Italian food set in a rustic modern open space in the warehouse district in ATX. A wide range of specialty dishes created by Chef owner John Carver and his staff on a nightly basis. Our house made Pastas, Fresh Seafood, and Prime Steaks are all prepared on wood fired grill, oven and plancha. An International wine list, specialty craft cocktails, and local brewed beers to choose from. Dolce and some Grappa, Amaro or Vino Dolce to add to your dining experience at Red Ash Italia.


Top review
TheronATX
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Phenomenal. Just absolutely amazing meal, service and experience.
A photo of Sammie's Italian restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1267)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Sammie’s is a little taste of old Italy in downtown Austin. It celebrates the great ‘red sauce’ institution—inspired by old school, legendary Italian-American restaurants. The menu offers classic dishes in a casual but sophisticated, retro-designed space that is both lively and comfortable, capturing the essence of a night out at your favorite neighborhood joint. The space consists of a central dining room overlooking Shoal Creek and 6th Street, polished wood bar, Mildred’s Room (a private dining/wine room), and wraparound patio dining area. Please note that patio seating is weather contingent.


The menu offers riffs on standards including Housemade Mozzarella Sticks, Clams Casino, and Caesar Salad a la Tommy; timeless pastas like Spaghetti with Meatballs, and Linguine Vongole; and Sammie’s Classics: big portions of iconic plates like Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Baked Manicotti.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Nice job, all! Food and service were both wonderful.
A photo of Intero restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1502)
$31 to $50
Italian
East Austin
About the restaurant
Just as in Italy where the food is genuine and locally sourced, you'll find the same at Intero with farm-to-table Italian cuisine. At its core, the concept behind Italian cooking stems from necessity and gratitude for regionally available ingredients. Intero, translating to “whole’’ in Italian, embraces this concept utilizing local ingredients from their entirety, paired with traditional Italian techniques and cooking sensibilities. This naturally sustainable approach allows for innovative, yet familiar dishes that highlight the seasonal availability of what’s grown and raised in Texas.

Additionally, Intero provides an authentic nod to the sweet side of Italy offering specialty house-made artisan chocolates (including truffles, barks, and sipping chocolate) along with other traditional Italian desserts in classic, seasonal and unique flavors.

Enjoy various Amari, select wines and craft cocktails indoors or out, set in Intero's modern casual atmosphere.
Top review
AmyG
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Loved it! We loved the potato app so much we almost ordered a second one. I had an off menu vegan gf pasta- saltier than I would have liked. My companion enjoyed her bucatini. Appreciated that our server didn’t try to upsell us. Definitely will be back.
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4.7
4.7 (7459)
$31 to $50
Italian
Driftwood
About the restaurant
We are no longer using open table and are in the process of switching to RESY. Please go to

https://resy.com/cities/driftwood-tx-tx/venues/trattoria-lisina?date=2024-06-18&seats=2

To book a reservation.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a great time as always. Service, food… everything is great!
A photo of It's Italian Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (802)
$50 and over
Italian
South Austin
About the restaurant
Northern Italian Cuisine, A True Piedmont Restaurant, Martini and Wine Bar, along with an Award winning Patio (il Cortile) Comfortable and cool in Summer with misting fans, and warm in winter with heaters.
Our philosophy - is one of Cucina Italiana! We cook for you as we do for our family with “Una Passione Grande” in a polished casual atmosphere.
Our focus on the menu, includes fresh handmade pasta, seafood, meats, cheese, and desserts, along with handmade craft cocktails and award winning wine list.
Top review
markn
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful ambience, menus selection is varied and well thought out, wine list is good. Service by Gabe was exceptional, and the food (scallops, salad and pork chops )was first rate delicious and wonderfully presented. My first time there and plan on going back again and again!!
A photo of Cipollina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1153)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Cipollina is a neighborhood bistro serving Italian, locally-sourced food. Our seasonal menu features salads, small plates, large plates and wood-fired pizzas. We’re open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted and walk-ins also welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We enjoyed it. Nice cozy place outside of downtown. Quality food.
A photo of Quattro Gatti Ristorante e Pizzeria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1393)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
A neighborhood gem! This family-run Italian restaurant offers a chic, rustic atmosphere in a downtown Austin landmark historic 1876 building. Enjoy outdoor sidewalk cafe dining just steps from the Texas State Capitol (dog friendly).
We feature a wide variety of authentic Italian pastas, pizza, meats, seafood & unique daily specials. (GF and Veg options). Daily specials highlight the freshest and most seasonal offerings, such as Rigatoni Alla Norcina (sausage with truffle oil), house-made Gnocchi Sorrentina, and Whole Roasted Fish. Gelato, sorbets and desserts are delicious and made in-house.
The cozy full-bar offers classic Italian cocktails and a sizable wine list representing Italy’s diverse regions.
All breads and pizza are made daily using naturally leavened dough and an ancient fermentation process; this improves digestibility and creates a delicious flavor. Neapolitan pizzas are baked at 1000 degrees in a wood-fired brick oven. Your new Austin favorite.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic service and food, I will definitely be returning. The only negative is the noise level.
A photo of Siena Ristorante Toscana restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2535)
$31 to $50
Italian
Northwest
About the restaurant
For over 20 years Siena has been Austin’s premier destination for authentic Tuscan cuisine. Locally owned and operated Siena's owners wanted to share their love of Tuscany with Austin diners. Utilizing the talents of long time veteran of the Austin food scene, Chef Harvey Harris, Siena's goal is to transport the dinner from the hills of North Austin to the rolling hills of Toscana. Chef Harvey received his Master's Chef in Italian cuisine while attending culinary school in Piedmonte Italy, but his heart is in Tuscany where he lived and worked. All food at Siena is prepared to order, pasta is made fresh daily as well as all stocks and sauces. Our food is complemented by an award-wining wine cellar and served in rustic, elegant surroundings of thick stone walls and tall wood-beamed ceilings. Whether visiting for happy hour, special event, or a romantic evening, experience the welcoming charm of Tuscany close to home.
Top review
EmmeKay
Dined 2 days ago
We have dined here several times and our server was the best we've ever had!
A photo of Vespaio Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1614)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Vespaio Restaurant is one of the original South Congress eateries and remains one of Austin's favorite Italian go-to's among locals and visitors. This casual dinner venue is a popular choice for date nights or evenings out with friends, seating every day at 5pm. The interior of Vespaio Restaurant is decorated with ceiling tiles, ceiling plans, vintage pendant lighting, classic table seating, a plethora of wine racks and vibrant accent walls.In addition to a full bar menu, Vespaio Restaurant offers a lengthy selection of mouth-watering and flavorful authentic Italian dishes. Menu items include carpaccio, mixed seafood stew, lasagna, mussels, calamari, spaghetti carbonara, chocolate hazelnut cake, panna cotta and green pasta with shrimp. Everything on the menu is sourced locally and prepared in-house, including the pasta, bread and pastries.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Vespaio is an Austin staple and the friendly service, daily menu updates, and fresh flavors really make for a great meal and experience.
A photo of North Italia - Austin 2nd Street restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1616)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
At North, we focus on what we do best: Italian from scratch. Enjoy any of our handmade pastas and pizzas, created with seasonal ingredients and inventive flavors. Or, try a different signature dish, prepared with our fresh flavors from the garden, farm, and sea. We’ve hand crafted seasonal cocktails that pair great with our food, creating a real modern Italia experiences perfect for any occasion.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
One of our favorite go to places. Consistently good all around.
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