Foodie Favorites from A to Z - Italian Garden
One of the newest restaurants to pop up in Lubbock is a MUST-TRY! I say that in all caps because it is really that good. Italian Garden (located at 1636 13th St.) will leave you satisfied yet wanting more. Let's just say, I can't wait to go back.
Daniel and I had the chance to talk with the restaurant's owner about the history and some of the most popular dishes on the menu. We came to find out that the family has been perfecting their take on Italian cuisine for more than 50 years. In fact, they have restaurants throughout the state, so when one of the cousins was accepted into Texas Tech University, it was a no brainer to open up a restaurant here in Lubbock.
Now before we get into the dishes we tried, it's important to know that everything made at Italian Garden is from scratch. This even includes the bread, pasta, their delectable sauces and more.
We started off with the homemade bread and fried calamari. The bread literally melts in your mouth. (Hint: You'll want to eat the entire basket, but save room for the entrée!) The calamari was cooked to perfection. This has become a favorite and one of the go to appetizers on the menu.
According to the owner, the most popular dish in Lubbock is the Chicken Marsala. This savory plate perfect matches flavor with texture. The chicken is cooked flawlessly, the pasta is made from scratch and the sauce is out of this world tasty. It's easy to see why this dish is a hit in the "Hub City."
Another highly recommended option was the Tortellini Ala Pana. If you like Alfredo sauce, you have to try this.
"I can literally drink this sauce."
Yes, I said it. That was the first thing that came out of my mouth after the first bite. Paired with the homemade tortellini pasta and the bits of bacon and spinach, Daniel and I easily (and quickly) finished this dish.
Dessert, you ask. Their Tiramisu is spot on. Creamy yet fluffy, this Tiramisu was probably the best I've ever had.
Here are the quick facts for Italian Garden:
- Located at 1636 13 St.
- Phone number is 806.771.2212