In Tampa, Italian Restaurants are easy to find. Narrowing down the choices to the top 9 places to grab Italian grub was not, but in no particular order here they are:
La Casa della Pasta is an authentic Italian dining gem hiding in plain sight. You can truly taste the authenticity of the Italian flavors in the dishes. The owner is from Italy and many of the dishes he creates are from recipes his family has given him. In the kitchen, he sometimes creates new dishes too, but with everything he whips up he ensures the highest of quality and flavor.
5273 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL 33624
Home of the best Ossubuco in Tampa, Benedetto’s has been serving up great meals for more than nine years. Most nights guests are treated to live music and the staff always make guests feel like family.
21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Dr.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Bernini is best known for their martinis and the wood fired pizzas. The Roman columns inside the restaurant along with the blue ceiling and fun artwork make it easy to forget its a restaurant. Bernini is also built in the old Bank of Ybor City and has a lot of the same fixtures from the bank. The wine cellar is in the vault and the bar is built on the old teller station.
1702 E. 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
With portions big enough to share, Maggiano’s Little Italy is a staple at Westshore Mall. If there was ever an Italian restaurant to save room for dessert, this is the place. The best part is that the desserts can be ordered as a sampler so that you can try three desserts at a time. That along with their signature chocolate martini will transport you out of the restaurant and straight to cloud 9.
203 Westshore Plz
Tampa, FL 33609
BRIO Tuscan Grille combines the comfort of food with a family setting and provides the perfect place to relax after a day of shopping at International Plaza. With the flowing white linens, tall ceilings, warm lighting and oversized booths the feel of BRIO is luxurious, to say the least.
223 N. West Shore
Tampa, FL 33607
Located across the street from Cinebistro movie theater in South Hyde Park, the Timpano Italian Chop House boasts a warm atmosphere and an award winning menu. There is live entertainment every Tuesday through Saturday in the evenings and the bar specials are abundant to keep the vino and the juices flowing.
1610 W. Swann Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
Armani's is known for its authentic and delicious Northern Italian cuisine, sophisticated dining setting and its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Tampa Bay.
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607