Italy

Restaurants in Italy

Restaurants in Italy are the best in the world because Italian life revolves around meals—a quick breakfast, a long lunch, an espresso break, and aperitivo drinks that blend into an all-night dinner. You will not go hungry in Italy, and more importantly you will be enchanted by every new culinary delight that you try, so say, “si, per favore” to everything! From a delicious meal of Tuscan peasant fare to some of the finest dining in the world, Italy restaurants will suit all your tastes. Restaurants in Italy not only serve mouthwatering food, but many world-class bottles of wine and famous local cocktails, so be sure to consult the sommelier for recommendations. Check out the Travel + Leisure list below to find the best restaurants in Italy.

The upscale pizzeria was created by Mara Martin, the chef at Da Fiore,
and her son, Damiano. Try the azazel pie with its layers of spicy
sausage, mozzarella, and chopped tomato.

This restaurant has closed.

A rustic trattoria where owner Franco Cimini grills steaks from the region’s bianca modenese cattle. Pair your lunch with a glass of Lambrusco or Sangiovese (drivers: the bottle can be recorked for later).

For a lunch of expertly selected cheeses and cured meats, stop at La Vena di Vino, a no-frills wine bar with barrel-vaulted cellars. The pecorino cheese served with crystalline acacia honey is a standout.

A classic Italian alimentari (deli), Volpetti in the Testaccio area offers an overwhelming selection of meats, breads, and cheeses.

Only those in the know will find their way to this hidden gem within a maze of winding alleys. Over the past couple of years the portions have become less generous, but antipasti such as sour eggplant and creamed codfish are among the best in town.

Though the seafood is fresh and expertly prepared and the pizzas from the brick oven are quite good, you don’t really come here for the fairly standard cuisine.

Take a seat in the design-minded café with a bookstore. In the shadow of a monumental palazzo, taste tiny roasted potatoes; focaccia with artichokes, prosciutto, mortadella, and mozzarella; and a farfalle salad tangy with capers.

Strolling down the Via Vittorio Emanuele extending south from Capri’s central “piazzetta,” the air fills with the sweet smell of baking waffle cones and bowls coming from the open-arch front window of Gelateria Buonocore.

Chef Heinz Beck helms Italy's only three-Michelin-Star restaurant, considered by many to be Rome's very best. Located within the Waldorf Astoria's Rome Calvalieri hotel in Monte Marlo, a private park above the Vatican, the dining room boasts city views.

Attached to a funky business hotel in the once-gritty, gradually gentrifying, nightclub-rich Ostiense area, this ambitious spot has emerged as one of the most enjoyable modern dining experiences in Rome.