If you’re looking for a downtown lunch spot in Austin, I recommend La Traviata Italian Bistro at 314 Congress Street downtown. This cozy cafe serves up some of the best pasta in town, and is great for professionals who need to dine and get back to business. My first visit was with a lunch group of women attorneys and each had a favorite dish to recommend. I decided on the Spaghetti Carbonara, whose menu description read like a love letter to my taste buds: “SPAGHETTI TOSSED WITH PANCETTA, ONION, CREAM, LEMON AND TOPPED WITH A FARM
FRESH EGG YOLK.” As far as I’m concerned, just about everything’s better with an egg on it! (Burgers, pizza, everything!) For more information on this gastronomic gem and to make reservations, please visit La Traviata’s website.