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.

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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.

Just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo, Caffé Cibrèo is situated outside the small, semi—open air market of Sant' Ambrogio.

With the only two-star Michelin rated restaurant in Sicily, chef Ciccio Sultano is in high demand.

When the VIP crowd gets to be too much, Portofinesi decamp to the family-run trattoria. For all the shipping memorabilia on the walls, there’s no sea view, but the food—like fresh sole with creamy pine nut and white wine sauce—is transporting enough.

Come in for salsa di noci (a walnut-cream sauce combined only with pansotti pasta) and savory tarts.

Reservations are certainly needed at this brightly lit, 12-table trattoria located one block from the Piazza Vittorio. Brothers Enrico and Daniele Camerucci own and operate the dining room, while their mother controls the kitchen.

The restaurant (formerly named La Bitta nella Pergola) has Genoa's only Michelin star. Order the roasted branzino, thickly sliced and served skin-up with diced potatoes, small olives, and fresh dill.

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).

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.