2020 Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.A.
America's Best Italian Food
Italian food is an undeniable part of the American dining landscape. Nearly every neighborhood has its own red sauce joint, run by a local nonna who's been cooking up her famous lasagna the same way for decades. But today's modern Italian restaurants strive for something more, like handmade pastas, rustic regional recipes and exquisite surroundings.
Check out GAYOT's list of the Top Italian Restaurants in the U.S., presented in alphabetical order.
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Chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson pays tribute to the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy at Frasca Food and Wine, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. Guests embark on a gastronomic odyssey that relies on a bumper crop of foodstuffs from local farmers, ranchers and purveyors. See More
Seek out Macchialina in South Beach for rustic yet modern Italian fare from Michael Pirolo. Don't leave without savoring creamy polenta with sausage ragù; Mediterranean octopus with concentrated tomato and potato crema; and beet mezzaluna crowned with hazelnuts, brown butter and ricotta salata. See More
Atlanta's Sotto Sotto firmly adheres to the principles of the Italian kitchen. Its authenticity is evident in such starters as the cooked-to-order risotti that come al dente — try the seafood or the mantecato with its drizzle of good balsamic vinegar. Whole roasted fish is a study in simplicity, and the oak-roasted veal chop is perhaps the best in town. See More
One of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Vetri Cucina offers a feast of soulful Italian cooking in Philadelphia. Chef Marc Vetri's repertoire of earthy, eloquent and ambitious food has included sweet onion crêpe with truffle fondue; delicate Swiss chard gnocchi with brown butter; and for dessert, a chocolate polenta soufflé. See More