My daughter, for her 10 year old birthday dinner, has requested we have Italian. "Good Italian" she says, "like, reservation quality Italian" :). Like her parents, she likes to try new things and appreciates fine quality food!
We live in Bastrop and don't get out to Austin often - and then typically not for Italian - so I don't know what's good these days.
The kids are old enough that it doesn't need to be somewhere "family friendly", but, they're still young enough that'd we'd prefer not to go to a hot couples spot where there will be a massive wait. Also given that the kids are good eaters we'd prefer not to go to the most expensive places.