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2. Intero
East Austin
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Both a date night-worthy experience and a neighborhood joint to frequent on the regs, Intero’s seasonal menu focuses on farm-to-table fare that’s as good for the environment as it is for the soul. Taste the rainbow here with items like Smoked Acorn Squash, Steamed Gulf Snapper with kale and turnip, and Roasted Beets, or indulge in the flavorful handmade pasta selection. Dessert is an absolute treat, with chocolatier Krystal Craig’s artisan truffles coming highly recommended.

3. Revue
Downtown
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The team at Revue sure works wonders with flour. Start with their heavenly house-baked focaccia (smeared with rosemary, olive spread, and Texas olive oil, no less), then go all out with twin orders of pizza and pasta. The Mushroom Risotto, strewn with pancetta, garlic, mascarpone, and pecorino, always stuns, while the Cavatelli, laced with their signature Italian sausage, is a fantastic supper centerpiece. Finally, under no circumstances should you split the Tiramisu—order at least one per person. It’s the best darn Tiramisu in Texas.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

4. North Italia
Downtown & The Domain
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No matter what time you find yourself walking along 2nd Street, North Italia is packed—and with good reason. Their fresh pasta is off the charts (and nicely sized too, if you’re hungry). First-timers should opt for the house specialty Bolognese—handmade tagliatelle noodles, traditional meat sauce, and Grana Padano cheese. Or gear up for the Chicken Pesto, a mound of gigli pasta with added crunch from toasted pine nuts and capers. Toss in some roasted veggies drizzled in olive oil for a healthy nibble, and in turn, reward yourself with a thirst-quenching pitcher of Red Sangria or anything off the fabulous wine list.

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