Because South Congress didn’t have enough going on, it’s home to yet another Austin staple, Vespaio. People have been coming here for everything from anniversaries and birthdays to work dinners for a long time. But there are two ways to do Vespaio. If you’re celebrating or someone’s planning on putting down their boss’s card at the end, definitely go heavy on the pastas and main dishes. They’re expensive, but very worth it, from linguine with clams and cacio e pepe to prosciutto wrapped shrimp and veal saltimbocca. And if you’re you’re craving Italian food but don’t want to spend as much, or you’re dining with your three-year-old who likes to shout “butts” every so often, go to their more casual space next door - Enoteca Vespaio. Come with a few people to split appetizers as well as a pizza or two, and order a few of the pastas that come in half sizes.
Where we've featured it
More spots in BouldinSee more
Terry Black’s BBQ
Terry Black’s on Barton Springs has a big patio, short lines, and serves some the best Lockhart-style barbecue in Austin.
El Alma Cafe y Cantina
El Alma is a Tex-Mex spot with an excellent patio and some of our favorite queso in town.
Thai Fresh is the neighborhood spot that you wish was around the corner from your house. Unless you live off Mary Street, then lucky you.
More Italian spotsSee more
With its sleek design, small plates menu, and great patio, Launderette is your place for brunch and girls night out.
If you want some excellent homemade pasta, but don’t feel like spending a fortune, go to Patrizi’s on Manor.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more