While all pasta is great pasta, there's something special about the effort it takes to make delicate fresh pasta. Luckily, there are several restaurants in Austin that lovingly hand-make their wares, and we’ve put together a list of some of the best to help you enjoy hearty meals on these cooler nights.
When they’re not collecting national recognition and accolades, Emmer & Rye mills their own heritage grains in order to have total control over the texture and flavors in their pastas. Their inventive offerings rotates seasonally, as exciting options like the tender white sonoran angolotti made with creamer pea and kabocha miso black butter, make appearances on the menu. 51 Rainey St., Ste. 110, 512-366-5530
This downtown hideaway on Congress is perfect for an indulgent lunch or an intimate dinner. Though they're famous for the spaghetti alla carbonara served in a formidable tower and topped with a golden egg yolk, La Traviata’s rotating house-made ravioli offers a more manageable option boasting a refined balance of flavors (a recent butternut squash offering was perfect for fall). 314 Congress Ave., 512-479-8131
This modern Italian supper club has taken great care in perfecting their pasta dishes and showcasing chef Mark Sparacino’s Sicilian roots. Try the classic cacio e pepe with tender strands of house-made black pepper tagliatelle, which contrasts the rich and salty cheese, or the spicy fusilli calabrese featuring chewy pasta, calabrese pepper, and fresh mint. 500 W. Sixth St., 512-580-9990
For a fantastic dining experience al fresco now that the weather is starting to cool down, stop by this family-owned food trailer located in the back of eclectic Butterfly Bar and Vortex Theater. Patrizi's serves up pasta rolled and cooked to order, which is often paired with the Family Red Sauce flaunting deep flavors and the fragrant aroma of garlic. 2307 Manor Road, 512-522-4834
All the pasta dishes at this Mediterranean-inspired resto are house-made, but the highlight of their menu happens to be the linguine vongole. Littleneck clams are tossed with garlic, olive oil, white wine, and bread crumbs for a lighter meal that beautifully showcases the fruits of the sea. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 2115, 512-628-0348
Another unassuming food truck hiding stellar offerings is Regal Ravioli, which specializes in filled pasta. Play chef and choose your own sauce and filling. Pro tip: Don’t miss their pillowy-soft and sweet potato gnocchi stuffed with meaty bolognese. 1502 S. First St., 512-364-9752
One thing is certain about dining at Austin’s latest golden child: You will not leave L'Oca d'Oro hungry. Pasta is among the many made-in-house items, and their hearty tomato casarecce—a medley of tomatoes, sausages, and button mushrooms—is a cozy dish perfect for this season. 1900 Simond Ave., 737-212–1876