15 Best Places to Find Housemade Pasta in Austin
Let's be honest — pasta is always in season. There are some garden-fresh summery specials on menus right now, and many restaurants are even crafting their own noodles. Below, 15 amazing spots to feast on housemade pasta right now.
This Hyde Park neighborhood gem has been producing housemade pasta since opening in 2000. Specials change nightly, but fresh pasta options have recently included semolina gnocchi with pepperonata and a smoked eggplant, ricotta and tomato agnolotti.
408 E. 43rd St.; 512-451-1218
Photo courtesy of Andiamo
Each year, Andiamo celebrates lobster season by offering housemade pasta with a lobster tail and a glass of white wine for just $35. If lobster's not your thing, choose from plenty of other dishes, like the orecchiette sautéed with ground sausage, mushrooms and spinach in a light tomato cream sauce.
2521 Rutland Dr.; 512-719-3377
Photo courtesy of CANTINE
CANTINE Italian Café & Bar
When Emmett and Lisa Fox opened CANTINE last year, they incorporated some elements from ASTI — like housemade pasta, for one. Find classics like spaghetti carbonara and linguini vongole (with clams, white wine and garlic) or opt for a summery pick like the pappardelle with sweet corn crema, charred green onions, peas, garlic and pecorino (pictured above).
1100 S. Lamar Blvd #2115; 512-628-0348
Photo by Adrienne Dever
The selections at this Northern Italian east side restaurant are constantly changing, and one is just as great as the next. Right now, find pappardelle with oxtail ragout, squash and horseradish (pictured above) and shaped pasta with spicy arrabiata, squid and basil (above).
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #304; 512-220-9421
Olive & June
Get your noodle fix with options like triangoli with Texas lamb, kale, cipolline onions, Meyer lemon and pecorino or linguini Nero with rock shrimp, calamari, red onion, arugula and bread crumbs. Plus, each Sunday there's a family-style dinner (featuring antipasti, pasta and an entree) for just $36 per person.
411 Glenview Ave.; 512-467-9898
Photo by Justin Rouhier
While there's no shortage of pasta on the menu at Juliet (even a whole section of the brunch menu is dedicated to it), chef Jacob Weaver recommends the duck confit torchio (pictured above) for summer. The shaped pasta provides nooks and crannies for the duck confit, which is kept light with the addition of lemon, and calabrese chile and roasted fresno peppers give the dish just the right amount of spice.
1500 Barton Springs Rd.; 512-479-1800
You might say Vespaio (and its adjoined casual counterpart Enoteca Vespaio) know a thing or two about handmade pasta, considering this Austin institution has been serving housemade pasta since 1998. Choose from classics like lasagna alla Bolognese, cacio e pepe and spaghetti pomodoro, served with a chianti-tomato sauce, eggplant and ricotta salata.
1610 S. Congress Ave.; 512-441-6100
Photo courtesy of Trattoria Lisina
Can't make it to Italy this year? Make the short drive out to Trattoria Lisina this summer — it's the next best thing. Relax in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard with a glass of wine before sitting down to a multicourse feast, and be sure to try the pasta, which ranges from spaghetti and meatballs (pictured above) to tajarin tossed with basil and tomato to a daily ravioli special.
13308 Ranch to Market Road 150, Driftwood; 512-894-3111
The husband-and-wife duo at this Town Lake-facing restaurant always have a housemade pasta on the menu, ranging from pappardelle to fasoletti (handkerchief pasta) and everything in between. Currently, diners are going crazy for the tagliatelle with local Fredericksburg rabbit braised in herbes de Provence with baby carrots, peas, greens and a touch of sweet lemon cream.
202 W. Cesar Chavez St.; 512-428-4643
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Chef Drew Curren's West Sixth Street Italian concept offers a rotating selection of fresh pastas, from chitarra and pappardelle to stuffed pastas such as tortellini and ravioli. The current seasonal ravioli offering is stuffed with lemon ricotta and topped with fresh fava beans, a local Meyer lemon emulsion and oregano.
123 W. Sixth St.; 512-660-5390
Photo courtesy of Visconti Ristorante
Visconti Ristorante, located at the Hotel Granduca, offers plenty of pasta selections for lunch and dinner, but the gnocchetti (above), made with housemade ricotta dumplings, broccoli pesto and toasted almonds, is a perfect dish to kick off summer.
320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, West Lake Hills; 512-306-6500
Texas French Bread
The pasta on the menu at this West Campus bistro is always made in house. Currently, the offering is a simply tagliatelle with cacio e pepe, best accompanied by a bottle of Prosecco.
2900 Rio Grande St.; 512-499-0544
Photo courtesy of Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye
Not only does Emmer & Rye make pasta in house, but the kitchen begins the process by milling grains into flour. Impressed? Wait until you try the pappardelle currently on the menu (pictured above), served with confit pork ragout and stracciatella di bufala.
51 Rainey St. #110; 512-366-5530
Photo courtesy of Peche
You might not expect delicious housemade pasta from a French bistro with a heavy cocktail focus, but the pappardelle at Peche is not to be missed. Try it with braised Texas wild boar, which is always on the menu, or ask about the seasonal special (pictured above). Right now, that means Provençal sauce, wild mushrooms, pearl onions, Kalamata olives, tomato and hazelnuts.
208 W. Fourth St.; 512-494-4011
Another pleasant surprise is the quality of the housemade pasta coming off a trailer behind Butterfly Bar. Try the carbonara Alexandra, made with coddled local eggs, bacon, onion and Grana Padano, or keep it traditional with Patrizi's red sauce and meatballs. Be sure to ask about seasonal specials — and they offer gluten-free options too.
2307 Manor Rd.; 512-522-4834