Best Italian Restaurants

Heroic wine bar | Santa Monica
Live uni butter pasta, crab and caviar by chef Barbara Pollastrini | Heroic Wine Bar, Santa Monica, CA

America has had a long love affair with Italian food. But today’s Italian cuisine in the U.S. is quite different from twenty years ago.

Sure, you can still find places with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and Chianti bottles for décor that serve huge portions of fettuccine Alfredo, chicken Parmigiana and breaded eggplant, but modern Italian food is fresh, light and innovative.

These lists cover the gamut of the best Italian food from coast to coast.

• Top Restaurants Serving Italian Cuisine Near You

Click on each city to see the full list.


• Top 10 Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Today’s top Italian restaurants strive for something more, like handmade pastas, rustic regional recipes and exquisite surroundings.

• Where to Find the Best Pizza Near You

Serving everything from the classic pizza margherita to pizzas with goat cheese and fennel, these restaurants have the best pies in town.