The Best Italian Restaurant in Every State
From bruschetta in Alabama to tiramisu in Wyoming, we've rounded up the best Italian hot spots in every state. Buon appetito!
Ariccia Trattoria, Auburn
There’s something about eating al fresco that makes Italian food taste even better! At Ariccia Trattoria, you can do just that on their private patio. Enjoy a large wine list and a seasonally rotating menu made with the freshest ingredients while eating outdoors.
Here’s how to pair wine with your favorite Italian dishes.
Mora Italian, Phoenix
Fan of Food Network? Be sure to visit Mora Italian restaurant in Phoenix – it’s the brainchild of Chopped judge Scott Conant! He puts a modern twist on Italian classics, like polenta with porcini sugo and black campanelle pasta with clams.
Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville
With a focus on fresh, authentic Italian food (they import Roma tomatoes from San Marzen Valley in Italy), Noodles Italian Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant that makes its marinara, meat sauce and alfredo sauces from scratch every day. If you don’t love the meal, they even have a “you’ll love it or it’s free” guarantee.
Here’s how to make store-bought pasta sauce taste homemade.
Tiramisu Trattoria, La Mesa
With a fun, casual atmosphere loved by locals and visitors alike, Tiramisu Trattoria features a classic Italian menu, like lasagna bolognese, pizza Margherita and, of course, tiramisu. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, try the three-course pre-fix menu.
Ristorante Del Lago, Colorado Springs
Treat yourself to a luxe Italian dinner at Ristorante Del Lago at the Broadmoor Resort. With an emphasis on great service and top-notch Italian food, guests can dine while overlooking the lake and mountains in the distance.
Restaurant Bricco, West Hartford
While most folks flock to this West Hartford hotspot for pasta dishes like their beet and goat cheese raviolo or baked rigatoni that’s served from a wood-oven that greets you as you walk through the door, the secret to Restaurant Bricco’s success is their use of fresh, seasonal ingredients like pea tendrils and morel mushrooms that brighten up the plate. Bring that tip home by trying these farmers market recipes.
Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe, Miami
Not only is Perricone’s a top-notch Italian restaurant, but it’s also a gourmet marketplace. They offer imported Italian products, meats and cheese, chocolate truffles and more than 100 types of wine, including a proprietary house brand.
Mondo Italian Kitchen, Milton
With a patio and osteria (that’s Italian for tavern), Mondo’s Italian Kitchen’s menu features casual Northern Italian cuisine. If you’re not in the mood for pasta, they also offer artisan New York-style pizzas.
Pueo’s Osteria, Waikoloa
Pueo’s Osteria gets its name from the Pueo, an indigenous owl that represents the chef’s goal of serving food until midnight. They make their own pasta and gnocchi with 00 flour imported from Italy—all served in a fun, casual atmosphere with a well-stocked bar.
Gino’s Italian Ristorante, Meridian
Traditional and timeless, Gino’s Italian Ristorante offers a huge selection of Italian classics, like cannelloni and Quattro formaggi pizza. But the best part of this restaurant is the warm and inviting ambiance – perfect for family gatherings or date night. Here’s how to set up a date night without leaving home.
Spacca Napoli, Chicago
Dedicated to creating authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, Spacca Napoli boasts a pizza oven built by third- and fourth-generation artists from Napoli and is run by a certified pizzaiolo. After trying the pizza, be sure to check out the dessert menu.
Galo’s Italian Grill, Richmond
A hidden gem in Richmond, Galo’s Italian Grill is not to be missed. Enjoy sitting under an eye-catching ceiling mural, and try not to fill up on the fresh focaccia bread and seasoned olive oil served before every meal. Is the best extra virgin olive oil actually from California? Find out in this guide to California olive oil.
La Tavola, Burlington
Run by a husband and wife team, La Tavola features old-school Sicilian cooking in a comfortable environment. Be sure to try the calamari and garlic knots. Here’s how to make garlic knots in your own kitchen.
Renaissance Cafe, Assaria
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, check out the Renaissance Cafe. It’s located in an old school gym, with tables overlooking the basketball court and surrounded by vintage decor. Choose the Renaissance Cafe for authentic Northern Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair.
DiFabio’s Casapela, Louisville
Featuring a large selection of gluten-free options, DiFabio’s Casapela offers authentic Italian fare. Be sure to save room for dessert! They make all the desserts in-house, including a Samoa cookie cheesecake, three-layer cappuccino cheesecake and Italian cream cake. They’re almost as good as the desserts Nonna used to make.
Fausto’s Bistro, Metairie
Fausto’s Bistro offers Italian comfort food at its finest. Two brothers own this restaurant and serve up classic recipes passed down through the family. Be sure to try Fausto’s Frutti di Mare (chock-full of seafood) or veal scallopini Rolando—each named after one of the brothers.
Ports of Italy, Boothbay Harbor
After spending years working at Italian restaurants in Italy and New York City, the founder of Ports of Italy serves up authentic Italian food, including homemade pasta, bread and desserts. Be sure to make a reservation – this is a popular hot spot.
Primo Pasta Kitchen, Pasadena
Known for their outstanding service, Primo Pasta Kitchen offers a large menu of classic Italian cuisine. Take advantage of their happy hour deals, featuring an array of flatbreads, sliders and ravioli. Treat yourself to one of these comforting Italian pasta dishes.
Located on the first floor of Boston’s Liberty Hotel (which once was a jail!), Scampo means “to escape” in Italian and has been transformed into a contemporary space that offers a modern take on Italian food. Be sure to check out the mozzarella bar.
Cantoro Italian Markets, Plymouth
Not only does Cantoro offer an authentic Italian dining experience, it’s also a fully stocked Italian market. Enjoy a meal in the dining room, and then pick up the ingredients you need to recreate your meal in the market (the menus tell you exactly which ingredients they used).
Joe’s Italian Ristorante, Long Beach
With a menu full of Italian comfort foods like chicken piccata, veal Parmesan and cheese manicotti, Joe’s Italian Ristorante is a hot spot for locals and visitors. Top off your meal with classic cannoli or cheesecake. Craving pasta? Try one of these pasta recipes that would make an Italian grandmother proud.
Garozzo’s Ristorante, Kansas City
Garozzo’s is the home of the signature chicken spiedini (marinated chicken breast rolled in Italian bread crumbs and grilled), which has become a Kansas City staple. They even bottle their own sauces and salad dressings for sale in their restaurant and area grocery stores. Here’s a homemade Italian vinaigrette recipe to revamp your salads.
Located in Helena, Lucca’s is a dinner-only spot that is frequently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Montana. The restaurant features a curated, fine dining menu of apps, pastas and meat-based entrees, plus an extensive wine list.
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante, Omaha
Founded by a husband and wife team, Lo Sole Mio offers large portions of Italian classics, like chicken marsala and baked lasagna. Be sure to take a picture with your sweetheart under the Ciao Amore Mio (translation: hello, my love) wall.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant, Las Vegas
Toast a special event with a bottle of wine from Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant’s specially curated wine cellar. In addition to its time-honored recipes, the family-owned restaurant features special menus throughout the year, like a summer prix-fixe menu and taste and learn events.
After watching his grandmother perfect Italian recipes, chef Kevin Maher studied in Italy and became an expert on Italian cuisine before opening ITA101. The limited, rotating menu takes advantage of in-season ingredients—creating a new experience every time you stop by.
Zeffiro Pizzeria Napoletana, Las Cruces
Founded by a lawyer-turned-baker, Zeffiro’s Pizzeria serves up Neapolitan-style pizza, homemade pasta and fresh-baked bread—baked in a steam-injected stone hearth oven imported from France. At the end of the day, Zeffiro’s donates all leftover bread to a local soup kitchen.
Try your hand at making this homemade pizza recipe.
Joseph’s Italian Bistro, Southport
Joseph’s Italian Bistro offers top-notch service, a large wine selection and fresh Italian cuisine in a prime location. Be sure to snag an outdoor table so you can enjoy views of the marina while you dine.
Fireflour Pizzeria & Coffee Bar, Bismarck
Known for its Neapolitan-style pizzas made in a wood-fired oven built in Italy, Fireflour Pizzeria was first founded as a mobile restaurant before moving to its current location. Not only do they serve pizza, but they also have a full coffee bar and offer breakfast pastries.
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, Oklahoma City
With a relaxed, neighborhood feel, Stella Modern Italian Cuisine offers oak-fired pizzas, shared plates and traditional Italian fare. Plus, they have live music every week! Try grabbing a table at the bar to watch the wood-fired brick oven at work.
Piazza Italia, Portland
Located in the trendy Pearl District, this family-oriented restaurant is known for two things: great Italian food and soccer. Piazza Italia is also home to a deli that offers Italian meats, cheeses and olives—perfect for a picnic lunch! Check out these tips for planning the perfect picnic.
Gabriella’s Italian Restaurant, Harrisburg
Gabriella’s chef and owner arrived in the US in the 1970s to open an Italian restaurant that offers guests a memorable experience. With a menu full of unique creations and traditional Italian fare, Gabriella’s is a local favorite. Be sure to try the homemade meatballs, or whip up this spaghetti and meatball recipe in your own kitchen.
Al Forno, Providence
Set on the riverfront, Al Forno offers cuisine from various regions of Italy. Their specialties include grilled pizza, dirty steak with hot fanny sauce and made-to-order desserts like fresh fruit tarts. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio, and try the roasted corn pizza.
The Obstinate Daughter, Sullivan’s Island
The Obstinate Daughter serves up pasta and pizza on historic Sullivan’s Island—the name even pays homage to the Revolutionary War history of the local area. Try the pizza with a farm egg cooked on top or one of the many seafood options.
Serving up fresh Italian meals in a warm and inviting atmosphere, Amerigo offers everything from brioche French toast for brunch to a gorgonzola filet for dinner. Each month, the chef presents a five-course dinner with seasonal ingredients from the local farmers market.
This iconic Houston restaurant has offered fine Italian dining for more than 50 years—and has even served seven sitting presidents! Whether you enjoy a meal in the main dining room or celebrate a special occasion in the wine room (it features a custom Murano chandelier), Tony’s offers an inviting atmosphere and delicious cuisine.
Valter’s Osteria, Salt Lake City
With a focus on simple and authentic Tuscan-inspired food, Valter’s Osteria offers classic recipes from Valter’s own mother to modern, creative fare in a bustling restaurant complete with full bar, seasonal outdoor dining and a private room. Be sure to have a conversation with the man himself, Valter!
Enjoy beautiful views of picturesque Vermont while dining on fresh, authentic Italian at Sarducci’s. Nestled on the banks of a river, the restaurant has an extensive gluten-free and dietary-restriction-friendly menu in addition to their classic cuisine.
Tavola is an intimate neighborhood restaurant that offers fresh and simple Italian. Try a craft cocktail, enjoy a snack at the Cicchetti bar and check out the daily trio of bruschetta. Are you pronouncing bruschetta correctly? Find out.
With a full bar and extensive wine list, Pasquale’s is a local favorite. They serve up large portions of classic meals, like fettuccine alfredo and eggplant Parmesan. They can even cater your next event.
Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant, Milwaukee
A gem of a restaurant in Bay View, Tenuta’s offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes and wine in a cozy atmosphere. You’ll want to try everything on their menu, but start off with the mushroom gnocchi, pappardelle bolognese or fettuccine bistecca, which are local favorites. Give one of these vegetarian Italian dishes a try at home.
Located in downtown Jackson, Glorietta is a laid-back Italian trattoria that serves up everything from handmade pasta and wood-roasted rabbit to gnocchi with brown butter and fried berry pies. Be sure to check out the drink menu. Next, read up on our favorite new and traditional Italian recipes.