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.
OK. So this may just be the most beautiful spot on earth. At the end of the bucolic Argentario peninsula, on the edge of Mediterranean scrub forest, with nothing but limestone bluffs and sea and sky, is a dramatic estate—the name means Man’s Head Cape.
On the Etruscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, lies the world-celebrated Bolgheri zone, home to such revered and pricey labels such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia.
With an unobstructed view of the most dramatic hill town of Tuscany, full of towers and spires, this winery, now in its 30th year, produces truly interesting wines.
It’s no easy task creating a romantic restaurant in a city, but Il Palagio manages very well. Attached to the Four Season’s Hotel comprised of an old palazzo and a small convent, all is immersed in lush botanical gardens.
You want romance? I give you romance. Oreade is a restaurant named after the mythological mountain nymphs. The setting is truly another world, another time.
Some call it “a little piece of paradise.” We stayed there this fall and I must say it’s pretty close.
My favorite small medieval hill town, among the vineyards of one of the worlds’ greatest wines Brunello, this tiny, circular, little-visited jewel has the most amazing views from east to west. Lit by sunlight or moonlight, the great volcano, the valley below, and the hills beyond must be seen.
Near the romantic fishing village of Porto Ercole, in one of the world’s most striking locations, is Il Pellicano. As only an Italian can, chef Sebestiano Lombardi has been fascinated by la cucina from childhood.
One of Lucca’s oldest, well-known bakeries/cafes nestled by the Piazza San Michele, Taddeucci offers the buccellato, a traditional sweet cake developed by the Taddeucci family.
As cozy and welcoming a setting as you can ask for, with vaulted ceilings and even a fireplace. While clearly not serving espresso, Tea Room is a Siena staple. Relax with friends, and enjoy live music, desserts to die for, or a cup of one of their unique tea blends.
Oy oy, leave your calorie counter at home. Clear, well-lit pastry shop that will turn your arteries into solids, Dolce Pisa is a stone’s throw from the University of Pisa’s botanical gardens and near the Tower of Pisa. Here is a quaint and affordable lunch spot while exploring the city.
This unique Florentine café, as per the name, is part bookshop, part coffee shop. They also serve wine and cocktails so be prepared to relax and stay to read; choose from their selection of classic and new titles. This venue is a great spot to linger and engage in conversation.
A modern, hip shop near Florence’s Ponte alle Grazie, Ditta Artigianale is the new kid on the block, founded in 2013 by an Italian barista champion.
Many times a year, we hit the Tuscan coast for this magnificent Livornese fish soup.
Our neighbor Ofelio often regales us with big hunks of boar he hunted.