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Old 12-12-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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Friend and I are looking at Austin as a possible relocation destination soon and coming from NY/NJ area, was wondering how the Italian food is?

We have lived other places and know that food options are always a concern. We come from Upstate NY (arguably better Italian than anywhere else in NY) and just wanna know how the experience is with other Italian food there? We already know Tex Mex and barbecue are obvious strengths. What about Vietnamese as well?

Thank you for any help or insight in advance.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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I'm from NJ and the hubby is from upstate NY. I'm not going to lie - there's not very good Italian food here. However, we LOVE Saccone's pizza (Jersey-style) and find Reale's in NW Austin to be very good. Another Italian restaurant we love, but that doesn't remind us of home, is Mandola's. Fabulous food!

Can't help with Vietnamese.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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Yikes.

We're familiar with pizza and Italian food from Utica to NYC to Philly and everywhere in between.

Its not a deal breaker but it does suck that it doesn't seem like Austin has very good Italian.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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Traditionally Austin hasn't had good Italian food, but with so many restaurants having just opened, I'm not sure anymore -- we may have some good stuff out there. For east-coast style Italian, Reale's has been our favorite but it's not on the level that you might find in other cities. If you try some of the new places let us know!

For Vietnamese, we do have many good options. Anything around the Chinatown shopping center in N Austin (there are several in the area) will be good. However, specific recommendations might be better if you are looking for a particular category -- I have different favorites for Banh Mi, Bun/Pho, and traditional dishes. For Banh Mi, I like the Baguette House and Tranh Nhi. For noodles and some other dishes, I like Sunflower. For a bit more "American Style" Pho/Bun, Kim Phung has been around for a long time and lots of people like it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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This question is kind of like posing the inverse in your neck of the woods.

How's the Texmex or BBQ in upstate NY?

The quality and quantity of pickings are about the same for Italian here. Might be a spot or two that are close, but nothing really worth talking about.

Vietnamese and Thai are coming around rather nicely though. Along with some really cool fusion stuff - a la EastsideKing, etc.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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This question is kind of like posing the inverse in your neck of the woods.

How's the Texmex or BBQ in upstate NY?

The quality and quantity of pickings are about the same for Italian here. Might be a spot or two that are close, but nothing really worth talking about.

Vietnamese and Thai are coming around rather nicely though. Along with some really cool fusion stuff - a la EastsideKing, etc.

THIS.

(If great Italian food is a priority for you, don't move to Texas.)
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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We figured.

We hear/read a lot about the food there, nothing too wild like you would in San Francisco or Chicago but very good.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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THIS.

(If great Italian food is a priority for you, don't move to Texas.)
Agreed....but if your last name ends in a vowel, come on down & open a d*mn restaurant. The Northeast type Italian joints mentioned above (Saccones & Reales) do well (& I eat at one or the other once a month). Open one up & make your fortune. If it's the real deal (& you use mama's recipes), I'll eat there.

(It's about time a citydata northeasterner opens an Italian joint....or a SoCal dude opens up a fish taco or Santa Maria BBQ joint.....instead of wondering why we don't have lots of restaurant types that we obviously/logically shouldn't have.)

Open it next to the Subway stop.....oh wait.


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Old 12-12-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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Terrible.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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I grew up in a town where pretty much all restaurant food was Italian. Nearly all family owned. Fabulous.

You will find nothing like that here. N O T H I N G Mainly because there aren't very many Italians here. During the historic period for southern European immigration to the US say, 1830 to 1920, nearly none of them came to Texas. (And there was very little for them to come to, almost no manufacturing in Texas then).

But there are a few outposts already mentioned up thread. AND nearly every big project now under development in Austin is promising an Italian restaurant (JW Marriott is supposed to have one as well as the Fairmount) but I'm not too hopeful. Just had a meal recently at Olive and June which is Shawn Cirkel's attempt at an Italian restaurant and I was very underwhelmed.

I still save my serious Italian eating for when I travel. I've learned to love Tex-Mex and BBQ instead. There is some Vietnamese here. GREAT Vietnamese food in Houston.
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