25 Best Italian Restaurants in Omaha

The largest city in Nebraska not only packs a punch when it comes to beautiful scenery, historic sites, and an array of attractions and activities to enjoy, but it also offers a variety of great restaurants serving exceptional food, Italian being one of them. From traditional meatballs and spaghetti to succulent veal chops and ocean-fresh seafood, here are a few of the top Italian restaurants in Omaha where you can wine and dine on delicious homemade Italian cuisine. Photo: Mauro Holanda/Fotolia

1.Avoli Osteria

Avoli Osteria

Avoli Osteria is a chef-owned restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine in a casual, elegant atmosphere. Located in the historic Omaha neighborhood of Dundee and owned by Dario and Amy Schicke, Avoli Osteria brings the taste of Italy to Omaha with a menu of delicious, freshly prepared Italian fare with a modern twist. Diners can tuck into small plates of antipasti, handmade pasta, and thick and creamy sauces, and entrées of chicken, prime meat cuts, and hearty sides from the a la carte menu or a set three-course Prix Fixe menu. Avoli’s fine food is paired with a selection of wine from the Northern regions of Italy as well as imported liqueurs and spirits.

5013 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, NE 68132, Phone: 402-933-7400 Photo: Avoli Osteria

2.Bella Vita Ristorante

Bella Vita Ristorante

Bella Vita Ristorante is a cozy, European-style restaurant in the heart of historic downtown Elkhorn, Nebraska that presents authentic Italian cuisine in a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, Bella Vita (meaning “the good life”) is set in a century-old building with outdoor dining tables and an outdoor fire pit for post-dinner nightcaps under the stars. In addition to a wealth of appetizers, fresh soups and salads, crostini (bread), and handmade pasta dishes, signature dishes at Bella Vita include Pork Osso Bucco, Lemon Orzo, Bistecca Bella Vita, Lasagna Rustica, Seasonal Risotto, and Salmone Alla Griglia. Bella Vita Ristorante can be rented for special occasions and offers catering services.

2620 North Main St, Elkhorn, NE 68022, Phone: 402-289-1804 Photo: Bella Vita Ristorante

3.Dante Ristorante Pizzeria

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria is a family-friendly restaurant specializing in authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and rustic Italian cuisine. Committed to providing patrons with an authentic Italian experience, Dante Ristorante prepares each dish from scratch using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients from regional farms and producers. Open for lunch and dinner with daily specials and happy hour throughout the week, Dante Ristorante serves a variety of delicious Italian cuisine from hand-tossed pizza and house-made pasta dishes to fresh garden salads and hearty entrées. Signature dishes include wood-oven roasted duck breast with sweet potato gratin and pumpkin seeds, wood-oven roasted Nebraska Rib-Eye with shitake mushrooms and sun’-chokes, and Ácqua Pazza with Manila clams, roasted scallops and tilefish, and lemon aioli.

The Shops of Legacy -168th & Center, Phone: 402-932-3078 Photo: Dante Ristorante Pizzeria

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