A "little bit of the old world" can be found at these "classic" "upmarket" Italians in West Houston and Downtown Austin where "traditional" fare comes together with "gracious" service featuring "lots of flourishes" like tableside preparations and a lavish dessert cart; perhaps the "dated" looks could use a spruce-up, but most find they still "knock it out of the park" for special occasions.
In the upstairs dining room there's a mural of a magnificent view of an ocean amid ruins. The idea is to be swept away to the Mediterranean. The accordion player snaking around lovers' tables reinforces this. The building itself is a historical landmark. It materialized 1872 as a waystation for railroad passengers. Its limestone look is totally Texas, not Tuscany. But the menu obliges both...
A mature, cosmopolitan crowd enjoys simple, Old-World Italian fare at this train depot-turned-restaurant.:
With large paintings, black-suited waiters and piped-in Italian music, the atmosphere only lacks an appearance by Marlon Brando's Don Corleone. Adding to the old-fashioned luster... Pros + Romantic