Reale's Italian Cafe ~ Home Away From Rome

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

There is no doubt the Reale family are survivors. Bob Reale, a native New York City boy started this family-run Trattoria with no money, a lot of “gouliuns”, four kids and the greatest partner in life, his wife, Marie Reale.

They are proud of their heritage and put their heart and soul into Reale’s Italian Cafe. His son Gino Reale feels it’s a privilege to work side by side with his family building the business and found the side benefit he derived was it “built character.” They have undergone many changes since 1981 but always made it a priority to serve authentic Italian food. Their primary concern is to earn your trust and maintain that trust.


They strive hard to offer a picture-perfect atmosphere for romantic or family gatherings and have become the neighborhood go to for authentic Italian in NW Austin. Over the years they expanded and offered al fresco dining by adding a covered patio before other restaurants jumped on the bandwagon. From the minute you walk in you feel at home! How could you not with the divine food, ambiance and live music. Mission accomplished Reale family!

When the COVID pandemic hit they pivoted quickly offering drive up take-out food from their regular menu, even offering some singing on the front patio while people waited to pick up take-out. They offer tray sized amounts of your favorite dishes to freeze for future meals. The Reale family works hard to live up to being that family restaurant away from Rome.

They are open now 100% capacity. You can dine in, al Fresco, takeout and car-side delivery. The booths and tables are placed with social distancing in mind. All employees wear masks, gloves and hand sanitizer is available and encouraged. The service is spectacular and a salute to the chief! Their pizza is dangerously delicious, with dependable good flavors with fresh everything perfectly balanced on top of a yummy yeast crust!

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Comments (10)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


Sounds wonderful to me. I love Italian food Northern, Southern any which way you cook it.  Just reading your description I could almost smell the fresh tomato cooking to perfection with some fresh basil with a hint of garlic - just right..... Oh now I am so hungry 


Thank you for your wonderful entry in our April Challenge 

Apr 17, 2021 09:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They do a great fact last night my daughter called to order a take out pizza and they were so busy they had to stop take out last night!

Apr 18, 2021 10:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - Reale's Italian Cafe sounds like a bit of Italy has been found in Austin.  

Apr 17, 2021 10:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Michael..we are so fortunate to have some really excellent italian places to get our Italian food fix.

Apr 18, 2021 10:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie- I love that many restaurants are offering tray-sized or family-sized meals!!! And what a great shout out for Reale's Italian Cafe!!!

Apr 17, 2021 10:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Kathy,

It is important because so many still don't want to meet in person at a restaurant and they can have family over since they can pick up Tray Size dishes. Or they can freeze it if they don't want together.

Apr 18, 2021 10:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You are way ahead of CA with 100% capacity.  Our indoor areas are up to 25% last time I checked...and we love Italian food and preferably in Italy....A

Apr 17, 2021 10:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We have opened up and many are flocking to eat Al fresco or inside. If people are not comfortable they can order take out. Choices..its all about choices.

Apr 18, 2021 10:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What a great post and shout out for Reale's Italian Cafe and good use of the photo to promote their website.  Just a little too far away for us

Apr 17, 2021 02:29 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Ed,

They have a thriving business and its because the family works hard and are so visible..they establish relationships with patrons and it keeps people coming back!

Apr 18, 2021 10:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie great review of Reale's Italian Cafe.  I would definitely try it out if I was in the area.

Apr 17, 2021 05:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It is a fun place to inviting and close by to residents in the area..its become their "go" to place for their itaian food fix!

Apr 18, 2021 10:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds like a great place, Dorie. Glad to here they have weathered the pandemic.


What a nice shout-out for Reale's Italian Cafe!! Hope you shared this with them!



Apr 17, 2021 08:47 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They pivoted early with curb-side dining and kept alive until they could open back up. Not everyone business been so lucky..some just couldn't take the loss of revenue to keep going and have closed.

Apr 18, 2021 10:58 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love family restaurants like this!  The food is usually much better than chains and I love seeing the kids bussing tables and helping out.

Apr 18, 2021 05:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Love family restaurants too and Austin has many businesses who come up with a great idea, delicious food and do better than the chains. Austin loves an enteprenuer!!

Apr 18, 2021 11:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a wonderful place to dine, Dorie! You had my mouth watering with your description and it's 10AM!! 


Thank you for your entries into this month's challenge. I knew you would participate - your passion for Austin and all things local is apparent in everything you do!

Apr 22, 2021 07:02 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

There may be a restaurant boom coming. All those plastic to-go containers are fine and good, but eating off nice china with a cloth napkin, good company and excellent service cannot be beat. I hope this restaurant survives another 40 years.

May 04, 2021 07:35 AM

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