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.
If you're missing a good mug of beer in Rome, head to Bir e Fud in Trastevere. The pub is nestled down a narrow cobbled street; the patio space gives way to an orange and terracotta vaulted barroom and dining room.
For a romantic night on the town, La Madia Restaurant creates the perfect meal: chef Pino Cuttaia's merluzzo, pine-smoked cod with a hint of orange peel.
Although the entrance to this 140-year-old trattoria in the Amalfi Coast is off a narrow backstreet, the floral, outdoor terrace on the second floor overlooks the busy Via Lorenzo and holds the most ambiance in the otherwise modestly decorated restaurant.
Formal and wood-paneled in the manner of Italy’s grand old coffee bars, and equipped with Wi-Fi in the style of the new, this is a standout in a city of excellent but fairly identical cafés.
With exposed brick arches, white-washed stucco walls, and a polished wood floor, Risto Nobel has an ambience that's nce enough for a date night, but casual enough for dinner with friends.
Don’t be put off by the touristy effects (English menu; serenading guitar player). Try the tomato-filled ravioli in fish sauce, or the zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta. But be warned: portions are nouvelle (i.e., small).
Frustrated with their city’s banal offerings, Rome’s food critics often head out of town. Their grail? This cult osteria, some 20 miles south of the city, presided over by the larger-than-life Anna Dente.
Lunch on veal cutllets at this spot, located next door to the Castelvecchio Museum.