Italian

68 Degrees

Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A welcome addition to the Lake Austin Boulevard side of the river, 68 Degrees is a cozy neighborhood spot from the sister duo of Joan (of Santa Fe’s Andiamo) and Marion Gillcrist (owner of well-regarded La Traviata, in downtown Austin). Appropriately, the menu reflects both places. We started with crisp…

Asti

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

When you’re hoping for a low-key night on the town, it’s great to know you can always rely on neighborhood favorites like Asti. Greeted with little toasts topped with fresh kale pesto and cherry tomatoes, we settled on a delicious salad of raw and fried brussels sprouts and seasonal…

Battalion

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Looking at the sturdy old brick fire station from the outside, you’d never expect to find a glitzy, Las Vegas–style dining room on the inside. The transformation comes courtesy of owner Andrew Goodman and chef-owner Stefan Bowers, who are also the majordomos of Feast and Rebelle. Start with small plates,…

Bella Sera

Oct 12, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Charming, family-run spot for pizza and pasta and everything in between.

Bistecca

Feb 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We loved our herb-marinated porterhouse steak, carved table-side; we marveled at the stunning renovation of the former flower shop; we basked in the attention of a first-rate server. In short, we spent an awesome evening at the newest venture of chef Alberto Baffoni and Abbas Hussein, the owner of Sorrento,…

Brandani’s

Nov 16, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Worth the drive for those not nearby, this popular place serves a full house in tight quarters without missing a beat. Offerings include good-looking fried chicken and burgers, but we were enticed by the fish selections, one a pan-seared salmon filet atop a luxurious leek risotto, the other nicely roasted…

Bruno’s Pizza & Pasta

Apr 1, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Bruno’s is well-known (since 1976) among the locals as the pizza place; we have even heard that the south location is popular for wedding receptions. We enjoyed our regular order, a half veggie and half Robinhood pizza (ham, hamburger, mushroom, and olive). The calzones and Italian sandwiches are nice options…

Coal Vines

Nov 20, 2015 By Texas Monthly

We went a little crazy on appetizers and ordered garlic bread with marinara, a seafood risotto cake with diavolo sauce, and meatballs with parsley and Parmesan, but we still had room for a thin-crusted sausage-and-roasted-pepper pizza. For a meatless alternative, the baked eggplant makes a splendid entrée.

Crudo

Jul 27, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This rustic spot is a find, with a varied menu of pizzas and pastas as well as accomplished seafood entrées, like blue crab–stuffed shrimp and mascarpone-accented risotto adorned with lovely grilled shrimp, bits of shaved asparagus, and colorful roasted red peppers.

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

May 10, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Nearly every table was taken and most of the clients were families. For our extended table, we ordered wild boar meatballs, fried calamari with marinara and lemon-garlic aioli sauces, and a salume platter of assorted Italian meats served with incredible toasted flatbreads. Even so, we still had room for classic…

Enoteca Rossa

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The rustic stucco-and-brick build-out of Daniel Wong’s former space just inside the West Loop provides a handsome new setting for Bellaire and West U residents to hang out, day and night. Think breakfast pastries and espresso in the morning, pizza and salad midday, or a full-blown Italian repast in the…

Forma Pizzeria

Jul 20, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Bright and airy, this place delights diners with large painted murals, a spacious interior, and a traditional brick oven topped with a copper chimney. Counter service allows you to build your pie while perusing the fresh ingredients on display. A friendly staff delivers orders quickly on plates, glasses, and silverware…

Francesco’s

Jun 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Francesco Giustiniano trekked from Sicily to South Texas, bringing his 35 years of culinary experience, to help a friend open an Italian restaurant. The restaurant gig didn’t work out, but he decided to hang his toque in Texas after falling for a local lady. Together, the couple took a tiny…

Gabriella’s

Jun 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Gabriella’s is known to serve some of the best pizza on South Padre Island, but it has so much more going for it. Checkered tablecloths adorned with dripping wax candles atop Chianti bottles make a cozy atmosphere for classic dishes like littleneck clams and linquine in a garlicky butter-vermouth sauce…

Guzzi Up

Aug 5, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Fill up in this former gas station on hand-tossed pizzas and bulging sandwiches.

Il Brutto

May 8, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Moody and handsome, like a fantasy Italian lover who makes great pizza.

Il Forna a Legna

Apr 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Il Forno is McAllen’s new hot spot for serious Italian food. We were so delighted with our server’s recommendation of grilled eggplant with prosciutto that we followed his lead to the veal saltimbocca. And we were so happy with our tender sautéed medallions that we couldn’t resist his recommendation to…

Joe’s Italian Café

Jan 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Veal osso buco requires loving attention, and it certainly gets that here: our bowl was filled simply with the bone and its marrow, exceedingly tender meat, and copious amounts of gravy—what a glorious dish! One look at the tiramisu told us that this also came from a trove of Sicilian…

Juliet

Sep 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

What’s in a name? Lovely Juliet is the long-awaited descendant of Romeo’s, which served up plates of solid Italian-American food in this location for years. Although the space, with its comfortably chic patio and mid-century-style furniture, offers a fresh update of the physical surroundings, clumsy service and underwhelming food kept…

La Cucina

Nov 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Pizzas, pastas, and even empanadas are on the menu at La Cucina.

La Matta

May 9, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Simple and spare sandwich shop focused on high-quality Italian ingredients.

La Tratt

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We stopped into La Trattoria, a longtime Alpine favorite, to discover that it had lost not only its last four letters but also its previous owners, chef, and a few tables. The huge windows remain (the view is still Highway 90), and the new look is cool and sleek. Pizzas…

La Traviata

Jul 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Drawing a steady crowd for lunch and dinner, La Traviata has all the trappings of a neighborhood bistro. And while it may not be one of the shiny new downtown spots, the friendly service and warm atmosphere make you feel at home. From our window-side table, we enjoyed a simple…

Lucia

Sep 2, 2019 By Texas Monthly

This cozy Bishop Arts Italian restaurant remains among the best in town.

Macellaio

Aug 9, 2018 By Texas Monthly

House-made salumi and charcuterie is the big draw at Lucia's new sibling.