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 .
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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.