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.
When Florence’s top sommeliers want to learn about wine trends, they claim a stool behind the horseshoe-shaped counter at this enoteca between the Ponte Vecchio and the Pitti Palace.
This restaurant on the trendy Corso Como achieves full potential during Milan’s annual fashion week. Renowned designer Tom Ford rents a table for the week, while the rest of the place fills with international models, actors, and footballers.
Venetians have strong opinions when it comes to their favorite bacaro (wine bar), where the cicheti (small plates similar to tapas) can be an appetizer or a dinner.
Located in the plaza and bustling open-air market of the same name, Il Forno Campo de' Fiori specializes in piazza bianca, a flatbread sprinkled with sea salt and doused in extra-virgin olive oil.
Pierluigi Roscioli bakes the greatest pizza bianca in Rome at his traditional family bakery.
With its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950's furnishing, Le Chiavi d'Oro wins the prize for the region's most outlandishly decorated restaurant.
Along one of the less traveled side streets near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro was a 1970’s hotbed for dining Italian filmmakers like Federico Fellini.
Located near Palazzo Pitti, Trattoria 4 Leoni (the Four Lions) has two dining rooms, a casual one closer to the street and one a little more elegant with interior arches and brick showing through the stuccoed walls.
Roccalbegna is a dramatically set and charming town in the south of Tuscany, and one of the regions well-kept secrets. La Pietra is another. Tiny, family-run with exquisitely-cared-for food.
Our home away from home. This unpretentious trattoria specializing in fish is in the most beautiful countryside of Tuscany. The fish is always fresh (the sea is only 30 minutes away), the spices the tasty and the desserts are the best.