Italian food in Austin

Discussion in 'On The Road Again' started by Tailgate, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Tailgate

    Tailgate 500+ Posts

    My client who is originally from Italy is coming to town. Where does the Mafia hang out in Austin? We need to be there Wednesday night.

  2. Steel Shank

    Steel Shank 1,000+ Posts

    This is like you going to Italy and looking for carne guisada.
  3. Tex Pete

    Tex Pete 1,000+ Posts

  4. Cap33

    Cap33 100+ Posts

    Does he live in Italy or anywhere else with great Italian food already (e.g. NYC or SF)? If not, and you want to give him a taste of home, Andiamo or Bellagio are good choices. A more casual choice is Reale's.

    A guy I work with recently asked where he could take his friend visiting from France for some French food in town. The answer was don't. So, if your client is visiting from Italy, NYC, or SF, take him out for good Tex-Mex, or as suggested, barbeque or steaks.
  5. Smurfette

    Smurfette 500+ Posts

    I'd suggest Z-tejas for some excellent Pasta w/ an Texas twist-- Diablo chicken pasta is awesome.
  6. brntorng

    brntorng 2,500+ Posts

    Siena has a nice atmosphere in a nice part of the city and the food is very good. Andiamo has excellent food, but the service is inconsistent and the strip mall setting is a distraction although inside is fine. I tend to go with Austin's strengths: BBQ (County Line for out-of-towners works well), Tex-Mex (take your pick), or a good steak (Cool River or others).
  7. handcruser

    handcruser 25+ Posts

    Olive Garden has several locations around town. It is authentic Italian food and the ambience is quite nice. I am not sure if they take reservations though.
  8. TXHookem

    TXHookem 1,000+ Posts

    Having been born and raised in Italy, here is what I would do with an Italian friend/client/family members... NOT take him to an Italian restaurant. They will be disappointed.
  9. HornMafia

    HornMafia 100+ Posts

    If you don't mind driving out there, Ciola's in Lakeway has great food, a good wine list and very nice atmosphere for being in a strip mall.
  10. jimmyjazz

    jimmyjazz 2,500+ Posts

    Bellagio gets my vote.
  11. rhorn27

    rhorn27 250+ Posts

    Although casual, I found Enoteca to be an extremely authentic offering of Italian food. I went to Florence and Rome last November and it still reminds me of some of the small mom/pop places we tried. Simple food, good execution.
  12. YChang

    YChang 500+ Posts

    Take him to go eat some Pho and say "Look these azns were eating noodles while your people were still living in mud huts along the Tiber!"
  13. TXHookem

    TXHookem 1,000+ Posts

    So, you're going to London to visit clients and they decide to take you to a local "Tex-Mex" restaurant so you can see their interpretation of the cuisine? Sound like a good idea? Nope... take him somewhere besides Italian.
  14. l00p

    l00p 10,000+ Posts

    Remind him the story about tomatoes and how they got them and make him pay for your meals.
  15. midtown

    midtown 1,000+ Posts

    I have a friend coming in from NYC this wknd for the SA marathon and he mentioned pasta would be good. I laughed and told him I'm not taking a NY'er who's last name ends with 'lli' to have italian food. I wouldn't suggest bbq or tex-mex my next visit back.
  16. Tailgate

    Tailgate 500+ Posts

    We went to Vespaio and had a great time! Some very good dishes there. He has been here (Austin) about five times and done the BBQ goodies. Should've mentioned that with the comments I see.

    Thanks for the thoughts.
  17. MirrOlure

    MirrOlure 500+ Posts


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