Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 1,863
2000 Census - 1,993
Italy, Texas
Italy Texas History:
Area settlement began in 1860. The town was established in 1879 when the Aycock brothers built the first house which doubled as a store and a post office. The Waxahachie postmaster named the town Italy because the weather was similar to the weather in the European Italy. In 1890, theMissouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad built a line to the town enabling it to become the market and shipping center for area farmers. Italy incorporated in 1891 when it had over 500 residents.By 1900, the town had 1,061 residents. A year later the International-Great Northern Railroad extended a line to the town. Italy is located at the intersections of IH-35E SH 34, U.S. 77, and FM 667, 47 miles south of Dallas, 20 miles southwest of Ennis, 15 miles southwest of Waxahachie, 30 miles northwest of Corsicana, 31.5 miles northeast of Whitney, and 19 miles northeast of Hillsboro, Texas.
Starship Pegasus:
Italy is probably best known for its Starship Pegasus and its monolithic dome homes. IH-35 North and SH 34 North. The Starship is located across the street from the Texas Best Smokehouse (1022 Dale Evans Drive).
The Italy Opry:
The opry is held on the second Saturday of each month at 7pm at the Italy Community Center at 161 Main Street. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
S.M. Dunlap Public Library:
(972) 483-6481. 300 Main Street.
Johnson Ranch, Milford, TX:
Andrew Johnson raises and sells hormone, antibiotic, and pesticide free grass-fed beef as ground SteakBurger. He also sells grass-fed Jersey cow raw milk. Beef may be ordered online or picked at the ranch. (972) 493-4777. 1002 Sevier Road, Milford, Texas 76670. Milford is located at the intersections of U.S. 77, IH-35 East and FM 308, 17.5 miles southeast of Itasca, 20 miles southwest of Waxahachie, 6 miles southwest of Italy, and 13.8 miles northeast of Hillsboro. Email
Annual Tour d' Italia, June:
Over 2.000 cyclists participate in this ride which features routes from 12 to 63 miles. Event activities include a Friday night spaghetti dinner, a Saturday morning pancake breakfast, and lunch. Post-race amenities include free snow cones, Dr. Pepper, and a hot shower at the high school. The ride is sponsored by the Lone Star Cyclists. It begins at the Italy High School at 300 College Street. Facebook  
Annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, Oct:
(972) 483-7329.  
Annual Christmas Festival & Parade, Dec:
This event begins with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 7am-10am at the Boze Community Center at 161 Main Street. Vendor booths are open from 9am-2pm at the community center. The parade begins at 10am at the Italy High School at 300 College Street and travels along Main Street. The tamale and Christmas dessert contests are held at 11:30 am. Entertainment and prize drawings are held from 11am-3pm. All events are held at the community center. (972) 483-7329.
Uptown Café:
This restaurant serves home style cooking including grilled hamburgers and homemade fries. Go early before the food runs out. The restaurant was featured in the December 2008 issue of Texas Monthly as one of the best small town cafes in Texas. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Sunday. (972) 483-9506. 129 W. Main Street. Yelp Reviews