When it comes to Italian food, chef-owner Fiore Tedesco learned from the best: the Italian immigrant grandparents he grew up cooking and eating alongside in upstate New York. At his Mueller district restaurant, he and his team bake several types of bread and churn out homemade pasta in various shapes, but they also make their own cheese, salumi, vermouth, amaro, and various preserves and fermentations. The restaurant proudly pays all employees a fair wage (and there’s a 20% service tax to replace tipping), so you can dine knowing everyone’s treated right.
If you didn't already know, Austin’s quite the hotspot for dining these days—and it goes beyond brisket and tacos. Folks are coming far and wide (well, at least within the state) for authentic international eats, from Indian to Japanese to, yes, Italian. Austin restaurants are a hotbed for cheese, carbs and saucy things. Trattorias have been popping up all over town, giving Austinites the opportunity to satisfy cravings for lasagna layered with meaty goodness, a spaghetti date night lit with candles, or a jumbo-sized pizza party. Ready to dig in? Here are the best Italian restaurants in Austin.
This guide was updated by Austin-based writer James Wong. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
Recommended: The best restaurants in Austin