Eating pasta may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it’s day 42 of 100-degree temperatures, but Il Brutto wants to change that. This restaurant on East Sixth serves simple Italian food in a space that works great for everything from a double date to a birthday dinner (and there’s even a patio for when you feel like braving the heat). Start any meal here with some prosciutto and burrata, then share a pizza and some pastas, like the pici and the pappardelle - even if it’s still 100 degrees out at 8pm.
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La Matta is where to go on the east side for Italian sandwiches, homemade mozzarella, and a nice patio to eat and drink on.
Head to Vespaio on South Congress to celebrate with great - but expensive - Italian food, or head to Enoteca Vespaio next door for a more casual night
With its sleek design, small plates menu, and great patio, Launderette is your place for brunch and girls night out.
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Get the best pizza in Austin from this food truck in the back of a craft beer bar on Rainey Street.
If you want some excellent homemade pasta, but don’t feel like spending a fortune, go to Patrizi’s on Manor.
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