Italian cuisine in the United States could be described as being in a constant state of refinement and reinvention. Pizzerias, osteria, trattorias, and more have woven themselves into America’s culinary framework, offering everything from a corner Italian markets to coma-inducing feasts at cozy neighborhood spots that make guests feel like family to elegant, fine-dining experiences, with many of the owners and chefs coming to the country directly from Italy. There is a place for anyone to enjoy a delicious and authentic Italian meal no matter what their preference of dining experience.
I Sodi New York City is a shining example the ideal neighborhood restaurant, serving Tuscan cuisine that is definitely no joke. The little spot on Christopher Street is an oasis for Italian food in the local community and an ode by Chef Rita Sodi to her native home of Tuscany. I Sodi’s menu of secondi, superb house-made pastas, and antipasti doesn’t venture too far from the region’s traditional cuisine, which helps to truly transport guests to Tuscany through the variations of a classic Negroni, the close-knit energy of the tiny restaurant, the white tablecloths, and of course, the food.
105 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-414-5774
Marea first opened its doors in New York City in 2009 and almost immediately was noted as one of Manhattan’s most consistently wonderful and original upscale restaurants. The beautiful restaurant along Central Park South features a sunlit dining room and specializes in fresh shellfish and fish in Italian-inspired dishes prepared by the restaurateur and skilled chef Michael White. Unique dishes at Marea include the fusilli with bone marrow and octopus and the crostini with sea urchin and lardo. Since opening, the fine-dining restaurant has received a James Beard Award, two Michelin stars, and “Best New Restaurant” by GQ Magazine, Esquire, and Bon Appetit.
240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-582-5100
Located in the hustle and bustle of Dallas, Texas, Lucia serves rustic Italian cuisine that well above the average Italian fare. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Dave Uygur, has earned a reputation as being one of the toughest places to get a reservation in town. Tucked away in a historical building in the city’s Bishop Arts District, this chef-owned, small Italian restaurant serves a frequently changing menu, with highlights of the menu at Lucia including house-cured salumi and handmade pasta. The authentic Italian restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, from 5:30pm until 10:00pm.
408 W Eighth St, Dallas, TX 75208, Phone: 214-948-4998
4.Michael's on Naples
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Michael's on Naples is a sophisticated and sleek restaurant that has quickly garnered a reputation for serving expertly prepared Italian fare, as well as a savvy wine selection. The knowledgeable and friendly staff walk guests through an assorted menu that features artfully prepared dishes prepared using organic and fresh ingredients. The menu at Michael’s on Naples includes a little bit of everything, from daily Chef specials to homemade pasta dishes to handcrafted sausages. Aiming to provide a memorable dining experience, the restaurant also offers a five-course tasting menu with wine pairing and appetizers and drinks on its rooftop terrace.
5620 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, Phone: 562-439-7080
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Mora Italian aims to make guests feel at home, surrounded by soulful food, cheerful vibes, and good friends and family. A modern version of Italy’s neighborhood eateries, the restaurant blends a tailored and stylish aesthetic with communal and relaxed vibes within a spacious dining room, streetside patio, and bustling bar. The Menu at Mora is a contemporary approach to traditional Italian cooking, reimagining time-honored classic dishes, along with more innovative and bold dishes, like the black campanelle pasta with bottarga breadcrumbs, fresno chilis, and clams. At the helm of the kitchen is Chopped judge, cookbook author, restaurateur, and acclaimed chef Scott Conant.
5651 North 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014, Phone: 602-795-9943
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For more than ten years, Spacca Napoli in Chicago, Illinois has been serving delicious pizza prepared true to Italy’s authentic Neapolitan style. The pizza dough is made fresh every day and baked inside a pizza oven made by third-generation and fourth-generation artisans all the way from Napoli. Ingredients for the pizzas are carefully sourced from a variety of trusted vendors, several of which would be hard to find elsewhere in the city. The pizzeria is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am until 9:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am until 10:00pm, and Sundays from noon until 9:00pm.
1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, Phone: 773-878-2420
7.Cantoro Trattoria (Cantoro Italian Market)
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Located in Plymouth, Michigan, the Cantoro Trattoria is the original trattoria inside of the acclaimed, expansive Cantoro Italian Market, a place for food lovers to find Italian specialty foods and the freshest produce in the area. Open for both lunch and dinner for every day of the week, the bustling Cantoro Trattoria offers a menu full of authentic Italian dishes, including a variety of starters, pasta, and entrees. Along with delicious food, the trattoria features a cheese room and an extensive collection of wines. There is also a mezzanine for private parties on the upper level that overlooks the market.
15550 N Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170, Phone: 734-667-1199
An unassuming and intimate Italian restaurant, Da Marco offers some of the best pasta and pizza in Houston, Texas. A few of the more unusual types of fish, like the branzino, are actually flown in all the way from Italy. Along with innovative food options, the wine list at Da Marco features unusual Piedmont reds and plenty of crisp Prosecco. This upscale Montrose restaurant offers exceptional service combined with an array of fine Italian dishes, excellent salads, exquisite pastas, decadent desserts, and pleasing cheese plates. It’s important to note that Da Marco does have a dress code for guests.
1520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, Phone: 713-807-8857
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With multiple locations in the city, Di Pasquale's in the Harborview neighborhood of bustling Baltimore, Maryland is a family-owned and operated Italian corner market and deli that offers some of the best Italian food in the area. The family has been an important part of the local community for more than one hundred years, celebrating Italian excellence and tradition. Di Pasquale's combines experience and passion to bring authentic Italian flavors to both local Baltimore residents and visitors alike. The market features a variety of homemade lunch options, in addition to its range of groceries, cheeses, and meats from all over Italy.
3700 Gough St, Baltimore, MD 21224, Phone: 410-276-6787
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10.Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant
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Located in the heart of the lights of Las Vegas, Rosalba and Gino Ferraro have been providing a unique Italian dining experience at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant since 1985. The food here is heavily influenced by the Southern Italian heritage of the Ferraro family, providing a modern take on tradition and family recipes. Only the best ingredients available are used in the wide variety of dishes on the menu, including breads, Safe Harbor Certified seafood, sausages, homemade pastas, and desserts. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant also features an award-winning extensive wine list that has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
4480 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, Phone: 702-364-5300
Il Gabbiano in Miami, Florida offers delicious Italian fare, panoramic views from its large floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fine-dining setting with an attentive wait staff, comfortable armchairs, and white linens. The wine list is thorough, including options that pair well with every dish on the menu. Lunch offers lighter options like satisfying pasta dishes, warming soups, and crisp salads, while perfect choices for dinner include vitello al gorgonzola and saltimbocca. The large dessert list also include classics, such as the torta cioccolato and the tiramisu. Il Gabbiano is open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner and on Saturdays for dinner.
335 S. Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131, Phone: 305-373-0063
ITA101 offers authentic Italian cuisine to the community of Medford, New Jersey, serving an ever-changing and limited menu of dishes that are made with the finest fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients available. Chef Kevin Maher only uses sustainable meats and fish, and organic produce and eggs. The restaurant aims to provide a true farm-to-table dining experience and guests are welcome to bring their own bottle of their favorite wine to go along with their meal if they wish. ITA101 is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5:00pm until 9:30pm and on Sundays from 3:00pm until 8:00pm.
20 S. Main St, Medford, NJ 08055, Phone: 609-654-0101
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Patty B’s is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire that serves Italian dishes like the family has done for many generations, with the freshest ingredients available and plenty of love. Almost everything served at Patty B’s is made from scratch, with several options featuring Patty’s signature marinara sauce, which is a carefully guarded recipe that uses special tomatoes. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am until 9:00pm, this family-friendly restaurant is particularly known for doing pasta right. When the weather is nice, guests can choose to dine outdoors in the beautiful patio area.
34 Dover Point Rd, Dover, NH 03820, Phone: 603-749-4181
14.Ports of Italy
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Ports of Italy offers some of the best vegetables, meats, and seafood in the area, supporting the local community of Boothbay Harbor, Maine by selecting ingredients daily from several local growers and distributors. Specialties of the restaurant include desserts, focaccia, bread, homemade ravioli, and homemade pastas all made fresh every day using free-range eggs. Along with a variety of delicious, authentic Italian food dishes, Ports of italy also has an extensive list of wines. Perhaps what this Italian restaurant is particularly famous for is its roasted Suckling Pig, also known as “porchetta.” Ports of Italy is open Thursday through Tuesday.
47 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, Phone: 207-633-1011
15.Primo Pasta Kitchen
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The Primo Pasta Kitchen in a local, family-friendly Italian eatery in Pasadena, Maryland that serves fresh seafood, pizza, and pasta dishes among other food options. The name “Primo” comes from the owner’s commitment to providing a superior dining experience, from the comfort of the lounge area to the hospitality with service to the ingredients used in preparing the meals. Seasonal and fresh ingredients are used by the head chef to make a wide array of traditional Italian dishes. The Primo Pasta Kitchen offers a lounge and bar with a wine list that has been carefully crafted, along with cocktails and beer.
8557 Fort Smallwood Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122, Phone: 410-360-2211
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Restaurant Bricco is a popular Italian restaurant in West Hartford, Connecticut, known for its creative fare, seasonal patio, and vibrant bar that transports guests to Italy through innovation balanced with tradition and forward-moving atmosphere. The regional, authentic cooking here is blended with the chef’s creative, modern approach. Since the Restaurant Bricco uses seasonal ingredients in its dishes, the menu changes daily. From the wood-fired pizzas to the house-made ricotta to the meatballs and generous Table Antipasti, the food philosophy at Bricco is to keep it fresh, simple, and delicious. Handcrafted cocktails add a nice touch to Sunday Brunch or a pre-dinner sip.
78 LaSalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107, Phone: 860-233-0220
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The Riccardo Trattoria, founded by Riccardo Michi, serves authentic Italian dishes to both visitors and locals alike in Chicago, Illinois. An Italian food connoisseur, Michi started his restaurant career at the family-owned and prestigious Girarrosto, one of Milan, Italy’s first Tuscan restaurants. He moved to American in 1982, opening Sonny Bono’s in Los Angeles, California, followed by Bice and its many locations with the help of his cousin, Roberto Ruggeri. Michi opened Riccardo Trattoria with his wife in 2006, offering traditional, handcrafted northern Italian fare that ranges from veal and roasted meats to fresh seafood to bread and homemade pasta.
2119 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-549-0038
18.Ristorante Del Lago
Ristorante Del Lago provides an al fresco, authentic Italian dining experience in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located at The Broadmoor, the restaurant gets its inspiration from Italy’s finest culinary regions, offering an authentic and lively dining experience. Ristorante Del Lago’s welcoming design aims to evoke the luxury of villas found along Lake Como, featuring an outdoor/indoor fireplace, leather banquettes, walnut millwork, terra cotta tile, and wood beams. The enticing menu include Old World classics, house-made pastas, rotisserie meats, wood-fired pizza, and more. There is also an aging room boasting cheeses and salami imported from Italy.
1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Phone: 866-381-8432
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Chef Lydia Shire’s Scampo in Boston, Massachusetts is a vibrant and beautiful restaurant that has become a culinary destination in the city. Located inside of The Liberty Hotel, the restaurant is aptly named for the Italian word for “escape,” as Scampo strives to take guests on an escape through its Italian-inspired fare that draws flavors from the Middle East and the Mediterranean as well. One unique aspect of the restaurant is the mozzarella bar, as well as house-made breads baked fresh in the tandoori oven, entrees featuring simple ingredients turned into extraordinary dining experiences, and amazing pastas.
215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-536-2100
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20.The Pink Door
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Located at the historic and famous Pike Place Market along the charming Post Alley, The Pink Door has been one of the most beloved restaurants in Seattle, Washington since 1981. This unpretentious restaurant overlooking Elliot Bay is equal parts spirited, friendly, and warm service, eclectic entertainment, and Italian-American dining, featuring a produce-driven menu. The Pink Door is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30am until 5:00pm, and for dinner on Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm until 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm until 11:00pm, on Sundays from 4:00pm until 10:00pm.
1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, Phone: 206-443-3241
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The Tiramisu Trattoria is situated in the middle of California’s La Mesa Village, just outside of San Diego. The restaurant has served delicious Italian dishes to the local community and visitors alike for more than twenty years. The chefs at Tiramisu Trattoria have a commitment to providing customers with the best culinary experience possible. Every dish is made with love and a goal to satisfy, from the fresh variety of antipasti to the main entrees to the homemade desserts. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner, from noon until 10:00pm on Saturdays, and for dinner on Sundays.
8273 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942, Phone: 619-698-0096
Located in Brookhaven, Georgia, Valenza boasts the spirit and heart of a warm and cozy cafe one would expect to find in Italy, but in an upscale setting. Tucked away from the busy city street, Valenza gives off a feeling of being in the countryside of Tuscany. The Italian restaurant’s dining room also provides an air of elegance and warmth with its unique turn-of-the-century architectural pieces, European chandeliers, and authentic Venetian plastered walls featuring rustic pinewoods and oaks. The patio at Valenza is a particularly popular spot for alfresco dining, with the menu including antipasti, risotto, pasta, and more.
1441 Dresden Drive NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319, Phone: 404-969-3233
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23.Vero Pizza Napoletana
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Vero Pizza Napoletana in Cleveland Heights, Ohio is a classic pizzeria that is first-come, first-served. The narrow and long gallery space features just a few tables and a small counter. The charming spot is shoehorned within a retail strip, but serves some of the best pizza around in the authentic Neapolitan style. Only the finest ingredients available are used at Vero Pizza Napoletana, most of which are locally sourced, then the pizzas are baked in the wood-burning oven. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00pm until 10:00pm during the week and until 11:00pm on the weekend.
12421 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106, Phone: 216-229-8383
Established in 1998, Vespaio opened in Austin, Texas long before the area became a bustling shopping promenade. It was one of South Congress’s original eateries and still remains as one of the favorite Italian restaurants among both visitors and local residents alike. The kitchen at Vespaio is entirely driven by locally-sourced and handmade ingredients. The chefs here also do their own butchering, using as much of the animal as they can, in addition to the cheese, desserts, breads, pasta, charcuterie, and stocks made in-house. As for the drinks, wines are carefully chosen to specifically complement the food.
1610 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-441-6100
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24 Best Italian Restaurants in the United States
- I Sodi, Photo: nerudol/stock.adobe.com
- Marea, Photo: Marea
- Lucia, Photo: Lucia
- Michael's on Naples, Photo: Michael's on Naples
- Mora Italian, Photo: Mora Italian
- Spacca Napoli, Photo: Spacca Napoli
- Cantoro Trattoria (Cantoro Italian Market), Photo: Cantoro Trattoria (Cantoro Italian Market)
- Da Marco, Photo: nerudol/stock.adobe.com
- Di Pasquale's, Photo: Slawomir Fajer/stock.adobe.com
- Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant, Photo: Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant
- Il Gabbiano, Photo: Arsel/stock.adobe.com
- ITA101, Photo: ITA101
- Patty B's, Photo: Patty B’s
- Ports of Italy, Photo: Ports of Italy
- Primo Pasta Kitchen, Photo: Primo Pasta Kitchen
- Restaurant Bricco, Photo: Restaurant Bricco
- Riccardo Trattoria, Photo: Comugnero Silvana/stock.adobe.com
- Ristorante Del Lago, Photo: mnimage/stock.adobe.com
- Scampo, Photo: Scampo
- The Pink Door, Photo: The Pink Door
- Tiramisu Trattoria, Photo: Tiramisu Trattoria
- Valenza, Photo: Valenza
- Vero Pizza Napoletana, Photo: Vero Pizza Napoletana
- Vespaio, Photo: Vespaio
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