The Best Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

The OpenTable Team

Atlanta has long been known as one of the major culinary hubs in the Southeast, and many people would be content with just the fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and other staples that make Southern food stand out. However, Atlanta’s home to much more than just the classics, and when it comes to Italian—this Peach State can cook. Everyone’s a critic when it comes to restaurants. So we dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants in the area. Here’s where they’re dining now in Atlanta.

Restaurants:no. 246, Antica Posta, Varasano's Pizzeria
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Decatur, Buckhead

no. 246

$$$$·Italian·
Decatur
2,020 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Located in the heart of Downtown Decatur and offering unique vintage décor and modern touches in an old school industrial interior, this eatery is one of the most popular Italian rRead more
96% recommended

Antica Posta

$$$$·Italian·
Buckhead
1,584 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Unlike other restaurateurs that dabble in a variety of cuisine styles, the owners of Antica Posta have remained true to their humble beginnings in San Casciano, Italy — where theirRead more
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlanta / Georgia

Varasano's Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Buckhead
806 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Authentic
Accolades received by this local hot spot include “best pizza in Atlanta” and “best Neapolitan pizza” — on top of landing on top 10 lists of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Even The NeRead more
100% recommended
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Pasta da Pulcinella

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
3,084 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
This independent eatery is on the small side, but it’s quintessentially Italian in every respect. It’s located in a small yellow house, and if you were on the opposite side of any Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Atlanta / Georgia

Osteria Mattone

$$$$·Italian·
Roswell
2,261 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Instead of generalizing every aspect of Italian cuisine into one eatery, Osteria Mattone focuses on traditional Roman fare. Fortunately for those whose taste buds change with the wRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Alpharetta / Roswell

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Buckhead
1,389 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This Buckhead staple started out as little more than a basement restaurant in Atlanta. Since that time, it’s become a true-to-life alimentary and ristorante (grocer and restaurant)Read more
92% recommended

Cibo E Beve

$$$$·Italian·
Sandy Springs
902 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
This eatery prides itself on offering authentic Italian fare while simultaneously abiding by the seasons through the use of local ingredients. The shutters separating the bar racksRead more
93% recommended
Best Value in Atlanta / Georgia

Campagnolo

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
366 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
The paintings and dining sets in this eatery provide a modern contemporary appearance, but the cuisine easily maintains the traditional Italian flavor. This establishment has plentRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlanta / Georgia

Valenza Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Brookhaven
2,182 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Named for and crafted after a Northern Italian village, this upscale eatery resembles a quaint café plucked right out of the Piedmonte region. The ambiance is defined by antique EuRead more
94% recommended

Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Vinings
968 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
When looking for the best Italian restaurant in Atlanta, it’s difficult to beat Crispina when it comes to authenticity. The décor is strictly Italian, and the large wall clock remaRead more
95% recommended

IL Localino

$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
1,993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This family-owned and -operated eatery has been providing authentic Italian cuisine for two decades. Its founders hail from the Naples area of Italy, and one taste of anything on tRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Atlanta / Georgia

Sugo

$$$$·Italian·
Johns Creek
2,711 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The family that owns this eatery has a mix of Italian and Greek origins, so patrons are treated to fine cuisine from both countries. The outside seating area is relaxing and has taRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Northeast Atlanta

La Grotta

$$$$·Italian·
Buckhead
1,811 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
If accolades and experience dictated the best Italian restaurant in Atlanta — which they may — the La Grotta would no doubt come in first. They’ve been open since 1978, and the eatRead more
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Atlanta / Georgia

La Tavola Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Virginia Highland
3,421 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The less formal version of a “ristorante” in Italy is known as a “trattoria,” and the dark wooden floors, rustic colors, and exposed brick allow this dining spot to fully live up tRead more
97% recommended
Italian in Atlanta / Georgia

Nino's - Atlanta

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
1,610 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Nino’s has been striving to remain one of Atlanta’s best Italian restaurants since its opening in 1968, and it’s managed to do so for all those years. The current owner is from ItaRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Atlanta

Dominicks - Lawrenceville

$$$$·Italian·
Dacula / Lawrenceville
343 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
This brick building and its surrounding exterior footprint look like they were snatched up out of Tuscany and dropped right on a street corner in Lawrenceville. White linens line tRead more
92% recommended
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Sotto Sotto

$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
2,493 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Little has changed about Sotto Sotto since it opened back in 1999, and that’s one of the reasons that locals and visitors alike enjoy this eatery. They know exactly what to expectRead more
95% recommended
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BoccaLupo- Atlanta

$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
Ranked No. 13 on the top 50 restaurants list by Atlanta Magazine, BoccaLupo betrays its minimalistic décor — which ranges from aged wood to simple framed art — by offering some of Read more
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Vincent's Italian Ristaorante

$$$$·Italian·
Marietta
172 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Someone driving through Marietta on any given night could see the green neon exterior of this eatery beckoning to them. Boasting its New York Italian style, Vincent’s manages to brRead more
94% recommended
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