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Austin: Italian Recommendations

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Interested in good Italian (short of flying to B'more, NYC or Chicago)... we like a selection of more than a lunch spot and spaghetti and meatballs and pizza with a decent wine list...close to central if possible.

I have tried the following, and looking for better.
Carmelo's
Mezzaluna
Romeo's
Vinny's
Tree House

Please exclude chains (Buca, Olive Garden, Macaroni, Carrabba's, Spaghetti Warehouse, Zio's)

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  1. Definitely add Andiamo's to your list. BYOB right now with and $8 corkage.

    1. Definitely Vespaio on South Congress--dinner only, no reservations, and remember to check out the antipasti case at the entrance rather than ordering appetizers off the menu. Also, Asti Trattoria in Hyde Park, which is not quite as pricey.

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      1. re: johnm

        I was at Vespaio about a month ago and was really disappointed...I'm not sure if it was just the night or the season, but the quality seems to have gone down from last year. Can anyone corroborate this?

        1. re: cng

          CNG -

          I second that. I've been twice since June (after 2-year hiatus) and the service was terrible. Last time we went, we had reservations on weeknight for two. The bus boy kept trying to take our dishes (asked us 4 times before we replied that we were lingering...he informed us that he was doing so at request of waiter). The food was average.

          Thus I am looking for something better - Vespaio no longer impresses.

      2. I will defer to the Austin Hounds given their greater experience, by my wife reports that she had an excellent dinner at La Traviata. I think it is central.

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        1. re: PolloPibil

          I've also had exceelent meals at La Traviata, including duck confit and grilled scallops over orange beets. Of course, those dishes aren't necessarily italian as are some of their others, but the quality is probably in those as well.

        2. yep, andiamo up on rutland at burnet.

          delicioso!