Austin Restaurants: Italian

The lasagna bolognese at Winflo Osteria consists of ground beef, Beeler’s Italian sausage, bechamel sauce, herb ricotta, and fresh mozarella.
The lasagna bolognese at Winflo Osteria consists of ground beef, Beeler’s Italian sausage, bechamel sauce, herb ricotta, and fresh mozarella.

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Italian restaurants. July 29 is National Lasagna Day. Sure, it’s a made-up holiday, but it gives me a chance to run down some of Austin’s best Italian options. For more, visit austin360.com/thefeed and for more restaurants by category, head to austin360.com/AustinRestaurants .

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at modam@statesman.com and I will add it to our online listings.)

Guide on the go

Take Matthew Odam’s 2013 Dining Guide — a list of his top 50 restaurants — with you by bookmarking Austin360.com/diningguide2013 on your smartphone or tablet.

Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, AndiamoItaliano.com. Authentic Italian in North Austin with a family-owned vibe and travelogue photos on the wall of the Italian peninsula. Try the ravioli di zucca.

aRoma Italian Kitchen. 3403 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-900-8670, aromaitalian.com. A recent addition to the South Austin dining scene, aRoma serves classic seafood and pasta dishes, along with a roster of about 10 Neapolitan pizzas.

Asti. 408 E. 43rd St. 512-451-1218, astiaustin.com. Neighborhood Italian with a sophisticated touch in the middle of Hyde Park. Get the rigatoni and add sausage.

Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, TheBackspace-Austin.com. Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef Shawn Cirkiel’s small restaurant that also delivers charcuterie and a nice roster of antipasti.

Botticelli’s South Congress. 1321 S. Congress Ave. 512-916-1315, botticellissouthcongress.com. Intimate Italian dining on bustling South Congress, with a patio out back for a relaxing glass of wine and maybe some tunes. Try the homemade ravioli with butternut squash in a brown butter and sage sauce.

Bufalina Pizza. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523, BufalinaPizza.com. The best Neapolitan pizza in the city and a great Italian wine list at this little East Austin restaurant makes the wait worth it. Also try the hand-pulled mozzarella and charcuterie plate, sourced from places like Iowa’s La Quercia.

Cipollina. 1213 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5211, cipollina-austin.com. Handmade pastas and crunchy and chewy pizzas are stand-outs at this charming little Clarksville spot.

Due Forni. 106 E. Sixth St. 512-391-9300, dueforni.com. The restaurant serves Roman and Neapolitan pizzas, using two separate Napolitano ovens (hence the name).

Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, austinvespaio.com/enoteca. Vespaio’s cute little sister, Enoteca makes very good pizza, piping hot pastas and solid Italian desserts.

Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. 4800 Burnet Road. 512-458-1100, gustoitaliankitchen.com. Pizza, pasta and all the expected Italian proteins at this Central Austin restaurant where kids eat free all summer.

Mandola’s Italian Market. MandolasMarket.com. Get classic Italian antipasti, daily specials and bubbling pizzas at one of three locations around town.

Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. Small shared plates and fresh pasta are major draws at this gorgeous multi-tiered restaurant.

Sagra. 1050 E. 11th St. 512-535-5988, sagraaustin.net. Tradition with a slight twist, with dishes from up and down the boot, at this relocated East Austin restaurant.

Siena Ristorante Toscana. 512-349-7667, SienaAustin.com. A taste of central Italy in Central Texas at this massive Texa-terranean style manse in West Austin. Try the tagliatelle all Bolognese or the pappardelle with Chianti-braised wild boar. When in Siena …

Taverna. 258 W. Second St. 512-477-1001, tavernabylombardi.com. Almost a dozen pasta dishes, pizzas such as the pizza al gorgonzola with walnuts and roasted pears, and a popular brunch have helped establish this Italian restaurant in the 2nd Street District.

Vespaio. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6100, AustinVespaio.com. A classy spin on Americanized Italian, Vespaio has been a long-standing staple on South Congress thanks to dishes like their lasagna and cioppino.

Winflo Osteria. 1315 W. Sixth St. 512-582-1027, winfloosteria.com. Enjoy red sauce classics and a glass of wine on the large patio shaded by a sprawling oak.

Austin restaurants: Barbecue joints

Ruby’s BBQ has been serving the campus area for more than 25 years.
Ruby’s BBQ has been serving the campus area for more than 25 years.

Restaurant listings*

Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Barbecue joints. What’s more American than eating barbecue? I recently gave you my top 10 in Austin, and this week I offer another 15 places to celebrate Independence Day weekend (and beyond) with smoked meat. For my Top 10 barbecue spots in Austin, visit austin360.com/barbecue. More restaurants broken down by category here.

(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at modam@statesman.com and I will add it to our online listings.)

Guide on the go

Take Matthew Odam’s 2013 Dining Guide — a list of his top 50 restaurants — with you by bookmarking Austin360.com/diningguide2013 on your smartphone or tablet.

Bert’s Bar-B-Q. 907 W. 24th St. 512-474-2613; 3563 Far West Blvd. 512-345-2378, bertsbbq.com. This campus stalwart opened in its original location in 1970 and has expanded to include a Far West location.

Bowie BBQ at Whole Foods. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-1206, wholefoodsmarket.com. Austin’s temple to health has the flavor of small town Central Texas as the smell of barbecue greets you as you wander toward the back of the store.

The County Line. 6500 W. Bee Cave Road. 512-327-1742; 5204 RM 2222, 512-346-3664, countyline.com. Barbecue with a view at this local favorite that has been cranking meat for 38 years at the original location and has since expanded to a second Austin location and several more around Texas.

Danny’s Barbecue. 2105 S. Congress Ave. 512-589-0479. Daniel Caldwell has been smoking meat for 30 years. He was an early adopter on the trailer scene in the early ’90s and serves ‘cue from his trailer on South Congress.

Green Mesquite BBQ. Multiple locations. Greenmesquite.net. The Barton Springs Road location is one of the most recognizable spots on that restaurant row, and the good values draw plenty of notice, as well.

House Park Bar-B-Que. 900 W. 12th St. 512-472-9621, houseparkbbq.com. Seventy years and still going strong at this spot where they say you don’t even need teeth to eat their beef.

Iron Works BBQ. 100 Red River St. 512-478-4855, ironworksbbq.com. The red tin building has been serving barbecue to locals, visitors and celebs (check out the photos on the wall) along Waller Creek since 1978.

Live Oak Barbecue. 2713 E. Second St. 512-524-1930, liveoakbbq.net. Pork ribs are the star at this squat white brick building on the east side that will leave you smelling like a smokestack.

Lone Star BBQ. 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-739-4724. Facebook.com/lonestarbbq. A husband-and-wife team smokes fall-off-the-bone ribs, brisket and more at this trailer near Lamar and Bluebonnet.

Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. 8624 Research Blvd. 512-459-5077, mannsbbq.com. Pulled pork and banana pudding are my go-tos at this spot that hides underneath the massive arch of U.S. 183.

The Pit Barbeque. 4707 Burnet Road. 512-453-6464, thepitbarbeque.com. Burnet Road is morphing faster than you can say mixed-use development, but little has changed at this joint that opened in the late 60s.

Pok-e-Jo’s. Multiple locations, pokejos.com. There are now five Austin-area outposts of this spot that opened in 1979 and does more than its fair share of catering around town.

Ruby’s BBQ. 512 W. 29th St. 512-477-1651, rubysbbq.com. Ruby’s used to serve as something of a backstage green room and after-hours hang-out for musicians from neighboring Antone’s during the late ’80s. Antone’s is gone, but Pat Mares, who opened Ruby’s with her late husband, Luke Zimmermann, in 1988, remains, serving brisket made from all-natural, steroid-free beef.

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. Multiple locations, rudysbbq.com. What started in a gas station has exploded to a statewide brand, with one of the most recognizable signs (and sauces) in town.

Sam’s BBQ. 2000 E. 12th St. 512-478-0378. This old East Austin joint is one of the few places in town where you’ll find mutton.

Stubb’s BBQ. 801 Red River St. 512-480-8341, stubbsaustin.com. Yes, they’re known more for their bands than their barbecue, but Stubb’s puts out some pretty good ribs and the gospel brunch offers soul you can devour while seated.

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. 1530 Barton Springs Road. 512-476-0100, unclebillys.com. If you’re gonna drink a bunch of their craft beers, you’re gonna need some barbecue to help balance the equation.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. 600 W. Sixth St. 512-363-8520, valentinastexmexbbq.com. Don’t let the name or the hybridization of barbecue and Tex-Mex fool you, the folks at this trailer behind Star Bar know their brisket.