My husband and I had our second date at a Romano's in Austin. For his birthday this year, though, we opted to visit the one near where we live now. We got there, and, for the first time, we didn't have to wait for a table at all, which was nice. (Although, waiting for a table is ALWAYS worth it) Anyway, they originally sat us in a little 2 person booth, that was on the other side of the wall from the waiter's station...which sucked. For the first 15 minutes we were there, all I did was hear about how much the waiters wanted to get off work, or how much they hated their job. In their defense, though, had I never heard them complain, you would never know they were so unhappy. Back to the review, though. We eventually moved to a more romantic table, where I didn't have to hear the waiters and credit card machine. As usual, the food was incredible. I always get the create-a-pasta with penne, spinach, mushrooms, and artichokes with garlic creme sauce. It's awesome. My husband got some lasagna, that was equally as delicious. We also got their sampler trio, which has incredible calimari and delicious fried mozarella, but I wasn't crazy about the tomato bruschetta, but that's because I'm not crazy for the cold tomatoes and bread. My husband LOVED it, though. We also had a glass of sangria, which was good, but wasn't sangria in its traditional form. It was more of a mulled wine, which would have been much better had it been served hot. Still, the sangria was definitely still potable. Also, we got a free slice of ridiculously rich chocolate cake for my husband's birthday. Gah, it was just incredible.\r
Anyway, the place was absolutely incredible, as usual, and the price was a HUGE steal. A big appetizer, our main courses, 2 sodas, and a giant glass of sangria was about 35 bucks.\r
GO TRY IT!
Pros: Incredible food, price, and service.
Cons: Sangria could be a LITTLE more traditional, but it was still pretty good.