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10 Best Italian Restaurants in Tampa Bay


In Tampa Italian Restaurants are easy to find. Narrowing down the choices to the top 10 places to grab Italian grub was not, but here they are:

1. Luigi's Italian Restaurant

Located between Himes and Macdill on Gandy, Luigi’s Italian Restaurant is known for great food and wines that pair perfectly with the meals. The prices here are low and the portions are big making Luigi’s the budget friendly place to eat Italian food.

3324 W Gandy Blvd Ste 3
Tampa Fl 33611
(813) 835-5885

2. Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano

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 makes guests feel like family.

21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Dr.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 909-9694

3. Spaghetti Warehouse

Located in the heart of Ybor City, The Spaghetti Warehouse combines old world Italian traditions with American abundance in hearty, made from scratch dishes. The Spaghetti Warehouse often has buy-one-get-one free spaghetti specials, free dinner on your birthday when you sign up for the birthday club and many others throughout the year.

1911 N. 13th St.
Tampa, FL 33601
(813) 248-1720

4. Bernini

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 tellar station.

1702 E. 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-0099

5. Maggiano’s Little Italy

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
(813) 288-9000

6. Giordano's Pizza

The pizza may be the star at Giordano’s but the pasta, sandwiches and appetizers hold their own at this Chicago style pizza place. Giordano’s can be shipped nationwide but lucky for residents of Tampa Bay they can enjoy it in their own backyard. Giordano’s is known for sending just about everyone home with a doggie bag so come hungry.

401 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 872-5900

7. BRIO Tuscan Grille

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
(813) 877-3939

8. Il Terrazzo

Il Terrazzo is the epitome of a fine dining experience in downtown Tampa. It provides a romantic ambience with authentic Italian dishes at the Tampa Marriot Waterside. Il Terrazzo is a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take time to slowly eat dinner and savor every bite because the idea there is to relax and enjoy.

700 S. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 204-6343

9. Timpano Italian Chop House

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
(813) 254-5870

10. Donatello

Donatello has been in business more than 25 years and serves authentic Italian cuisine. Opened by Guido and Gino Tiozzo after Guido studied at some of the top restaurants in Europe, Donatello is the place to go for bona fide Italian dishes. The restaurant is decorated like one in Italy with its stucco arches, tapestries, gold-leaf ceiling tiles and bouquets of roses on every table. The staff wears tuxedos as they serve you, the ladies dress to the nines and everyone dons an Italian accent.

232 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 875-6660

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