North Italia: Handmade Italian Cuisine Restaurant in ATX

Audrey Gutgsell

A Proper Introduction

Prosciutto, spaghetti, and prosecco, oh my! Inside this modern Italian restaurant features high-class seating and impeccable service all for an affordable price. Here at North Italia every meal is cooked to perfection and ready to serve in order to make your experience one to remember. It is easy to spot where the closet North is just by smelling the outside air! 

Every time I walk around The Domain I easily find myself tempted by the strong scent of homemade pizza and pasta lurking from North’s outside patio. The menu offers an array of antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, and creative pasta dishes. And, don’t forget the well-chosen wine list for each sophisticated guest ready to sit down and indulge! 

The Feel 

Their modern Italian cuisine matches the contemporary interior of the restaurant. The loft-like environment gives off an urban feel with all of the sleek interiors and placement of tables. From brick accent walls to dark stained floors, guests are able to sit at either a table or booth while enjoying a view of the open kitchen. 

The unique lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows make this open concept floor plan attractive to many. I personally felt very posh just by sitting at one of the middle tables and looking out the windows as people walked by. It felt like I was eating somewhere in New York because of the fast-paced atmosphere. 

I will admit that every time I go there always tends to be a wait – but that’s only because the food is absolutely scrumptious. For those who are wanting to try out this popular joint, I recommend making a reservation ahead of time if you want to avoid playing the waiting game. But, the good part about being at The Domain is the wait time can be super fast because of all the stores that can entertain you. Whether you want to dine in with friends, family, or your significant other, this is the right spot for you. 

For Starters 

One of my favorite things to order with whoever I am dining with is the Italian Meatballs made with creamy polenta, rustic marinara, and Grana Padano. It is very easy to share and devour this plate – I could even eat all of them on my own. If you’re debating on treating yourself to a cocktail my answer is yes! One that I got to order recently is the Sicilian Margarita filled with milagro reposado tequila, Salerno blood orange, nonino amaro, and fresh citrus. So refreshing!

I would also recommend the New Italian Spritz which is made with Aperol, citrus smash, and prosecco. It gives you that perfect bubbly satisfaction with every sip. Or, if you’re not feeling a cocktail and would rather go with a more traditional approach their wide variety of wine and beer will surely put a smile on your face. You’re even able to order your wine by the glass, Terzo (a third of a bottle), or bottle. 

Main Course 

Normally, I am a very traditional Spaghetti & Meatballs type of person but surprisingly I haven’t tried this classic dish at NoRTH. I am always intrigued by their variety of inventive pasta dishes which results in me making a spontaneous order and always being very satisfied. I got to try the Squid Ink Mafaldine which consists of white shrimp, calamari, acqua pazza, mint, fennel pollen, and Calabrian chili. I know – what a mouthful! It may sound intimidating but definitely give it a chance. 

You can never go wrong with the Bolognese (house specialty) made with that traditional meat sauce, tagliatelle noodles, and Grana Padano cheese. Or, my other favorite the Burrata Tortelloni which consists of cherry tomatoes, basil, pecorino, and rustic tomato sauce. Don’t be fooled, it may look like you can finish these dishes but sometimes a to-go box is the only option just because of how rich everything is. 

Until Next Time 

I know it sounds hard to believe but I still haven’t been able to order off of their dessert menu. Trust me, I want to but I have a habit of finishing everything I order which leads me to no room left to enjoy their delectable treats. But, it is definitely on my list to be able to save enough room to finally try their Salted Caramel Budino or Italian Butter Cake. 

Give yourself an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy some heart-warming Italian classics with your friends or loved ones. Even if you’re not in The Domain area you can still spoil yourself at this eatery in downtown Austin at their other location on 2nd street. Don’t feel bad if you find yourself wanting to pay another visit to North, I’ll probably see you there! 

Go check out their Instagram @eatnorthitalia for delicious posts and updates on new menu items! 
If you find yourself wanting to try out another Italian restaurant go check out Juliet Italian Kitchen: Austin’s Favorite Modern and Classic Italian Eatery for a detailed review!