1636 13th Street
We have had several requests to check this place out, so we did! The newest hot spot is located in the downtown area on 13th Street across from the City of Lubbock offices. It is an Italian dive that is quickly becoming a local favorite.
The three founders of LITL went to Italian Garden on a Saturday night. It was busy, but no wait at the time. The first thing we noticed was all of the wine bottles on the tables, but no wine on the menu! It turns out that Italian Garden is BYOB (bonus – no corkage fee!). One of us promptly made our way to the nearest store to grab a bottle of red wine. The waiter provided us wine glasses and even opened the bottle. Our table was greeted with water and some homemade garlic rolls. The three of us ended up going through two baskets of bread (oops). It was a challenge deciding what entree to get, as they all looked so delicious. The choices included cheese ravioli, pizza, chicken fettuccine, shrimp alfredo, chicken marsalsa, cannelloni, lasagna, and many other Italian dishes.
All of our meals came out looking wonderful. The quality is the best I’ve had in Lubbock at an Italian restaurant. Everything is homemade, even down to the salad dressings. The sauces tasted fresh and the portions were perfect. We did not try the dessert but we hear you must get the tiramisu. Worried about price? Don’t worry. The entrees are reasonable. Our dishes were about $8 – $10 each. You would expect to pay that and more at Olive Garden/Carino’s. And trust us, IG will give them some competition.
Curious about the atmosphere? As mentioned before, it has a dive type feeling. However, that makes the atmosphere comfortable and unpretentious. The dim lights give it a nice vibe. It is simple and classic Italian food. The restaurant can accommodate large groups, but make sure to call ahead. The set-up is primarily 4 person booths, but there are some tables. The night we were there, two large groups were seated and seemed just fine. Italian Garden does take card/cash (despite some rumors) and you pay at the counter! They also deliver daily 11am-2pm and 5pm-close.
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