Don’t get me wrong. ..I love Mexican food and Indian food and all the wonderful vegetarian choices in Austin. But without really good, homecooked style Italian, there was just something missing.
But a random choice to stop at Paisano’s in Northwest Austin the other night changed that. Here, tucked in among chain fast food places, was a real, honest-to-goodness family run Italian restaurant. The smell alone had be hooked….but then I took my first bite.
The creamy, rich pomodoro sauce and the rich ricotta filled tortellini tasted like someone’s Italian grandmother had just finished cooking. The texture and seasoning were perfect! My husband’s lasagna was tall and stuffed with cheeses, then dressed in an all-beef meat sauce. We were both thrilled to find this kind of delicious here in Austin! Sorry Olive Garden…you have been replaced!
No, this is not a classic Italian restaurant inside. The lighting is bright, and there wasn’t any Italian music playing. Paisano’s isn’t a fancy, date-night destination. But the lack of ambience is a small price to pay for the flavors. As far as we’re concerned, that’s a trade we’re happy to make!
Our next visit will probably be a chance to try their pizzas. ..if they’re as good as the pasta, expect an update to this post!
(PS..sorry for the bad photo. ..my phone wasn’t cooperating, so I’ll have to go back and take some better shots soon! )