Murals of festive party scenes fill the walls inside Rocco’s Grill, an Italian restaurant that serves pizza, pasta, and hand-cut steaks. Awarded the title of Best Steak in Austin by CitySearch in 2010, Rocco’s offers several grilled specialties, most notably the Pepper Steak Marsala, a black-pepper-crusted tenderloin drizzled in a creamy, mushroom-Marsala reduction. Other options include the grilled tilapia and the New Zealand lamb—a personal favorite of the owner. All items on the menu are listed with a recommended wine and silly hat pairing. Diners can enjoy their meals inside a colorful dining room or on a veranda, which offers beautiful views overlooking the Yaupon Golf Course.
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The traditional Italian pasta, steaks, and seafood on Ciola’s menu are crafted from family recipes passed down for more than 50 years. While sipping tomato-basil and minestrone zuppas ($3/cup, $5/bowl) and crunching a romaine-founded, red-wine-vinaigrette-drenched insalata di casa ($3/side, $6/entree), the tongue tap dances on a crispy stage. Since Italian eating would not be possible without nutritional noodles, Ciola’s submits various pastas for consumption. Slurp truffle-creamed ravioli al tartufo ($18) or shrimp linguine puttanesca ($16). Steaks and chops ($24–$28), pesce ($18–$22), and plenty of pollo e vitello ($15–$19) promise satisfaction to as many pabulum preferences as there are pizza-shaped constellations in the night sky.
It’s good to be square at Mangieri’s Pizza Café, an inviting neighborhood restaurant with long benches for family seating and a handful of individual tabletops. The Austin mini-chain’s iconic cut-in-to-squares thin-crust pizzas are as popular as they are tasty, thanks to a thick and vibrant homemade tomato sauce, fresh whole milk mozzarella and a dazzling assortment of toppings. Specialty options abound for these whole pies, though customization is available, and anyone looking to skip the pizza train altogether can opt for pastas, salads or hot sandwiches. Wines by the glass and other alcoholic options are available from the blonde-wood back bar, or sit in the rock-patterned, casual dining room, where windows and tall booths abound.