Austin is home to some of the best restaurants in the state, and at any time of the day you can choose from a variety of places that satisfy your cravings. Sometimes you want to tuck into a filling Italian dish, but with all the options out there, it can be tough to figure out which restaurant is the one for you. We’ve made it easy to find the best Italian restaurants in the downtown area, so keep reading and make a night out with friends, or a new date, much easier to plan.
Carmelo’s Ristorante – 504 E 5th St
Carmelo’s isn’t just a name the establishment came up with, it’s the name of the real life owner, Carmelo, who was born in Sicily. He carefully curated his menu with authentic dishes, and his restaurant has the Seal of Ospitalità Italiana from the Italian Government, which guarantees that his cuisine is genuine, like you would find in Italy itself. Carmelo’s is open for lunch, then closes and reopens for dinner, so plan your outing carefully. You won’t find pizza on the dinner menu, but if you have specific dietary restrictions, they have specific menus to fit your needs. If you’re looking for a few dessert options, the pastry cart at Carmelo’s has anything for your sweet tooth, from gelato and ice cream, to any cake you could think of.
Pasta Artigianele – 817 W 5th St
Looking for a completely different dining experience? Pasta Artigianale is actually a food truck, or trailer if you ask the owners, open for lunch and dinner. Everything they serve is homemade and authentic, even the pasta is made by hand, and for a reasonable price. Outside the food truck is some seating in case you want to sit and relax, but they also have online ordering if you’re in a hurry and need to pick something up on your way home or back to work. This little food truck is run by an Italian family, and their warm and inviting nature will make you want to come back time and time again for your favorite comfort foods.
La Traviata – 314 Congress Ave
For a dinner experience that is meant to impress, La Traviata is a sure bet. This cozy bistro offers both lunch and dinner menus, and can accommodate a group of any size. It has a smaller menu, but popular pasta, meat, and fish selections can easily be enjoyed alongside warm bread and fresh salads. La Traviata has been a part of the Austin restaurant scene since 2000, and is locally owned. The entire staff at the bistro is helpful and courteous, further making your outing with friends or family one that is sure to please.
The downtown Austin restaurant scene is constantly changing, adding more businesses to the mix and all hopeful for the day you walk in and proclaim it to be the best you’ve ever eaten. These Italian restaurants already serve some of the most authentic and delicious dishes, so on your next outing to the downtown area, stop into one of these and instantly be transported to Italy, right here in your own backyard.