The Best Italian Restaurants in Nashville

The OpenTable Team

Nashville is the home of country music. People come here to dance at honky-tonks, hear live music, and have fun, but there’s always a nice bonus for visitors: the food. The dining scene in town is outstanding, and there are countless restaurants to enjoy unforgettable meals. But where should you go when you’re craving Italian? Millions of diners book with us each month, and among them are the ones you trust the most. You know, those people you turn to for last-minute recos or special occasions. That’s because they’re tastemakers and know what’s up. We used the tastemakers of Nashville to power this list. Here are their recommendations for the best Italian restaurants in Music City.

Restaurants:Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town, Pomodoro East, Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:West End, East Nashville, Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,050 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Giovanni's has long been considered a Nashville classic. This beloved Italian restaurant serves an outstanding menu of traditional Italian fare, including salads, pastas, risottos,Read more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Nashville

Pomodoro East

$$$$·Italian·
East Nashville
710 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
East Nashville is the trendiest part of town, and home to Pomodoro East, a welcoming Italian restaurant that serves classic Italian food in a rustic setting. Chef, and owner, WillyRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Nashville
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Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
2,035 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Trattoria Il Mulino is an outpost of a popular Italian restaurant originally in New York City. In Nashville, the restaurant is trendy and scene-y, which makes it a great spot in toRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Nashville

Amerigo - West End

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,942 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Amerigo is known for some of the best Italian in Nashville. It's part of a chain, and this outpost shines for serving consistently high-quality Italian fare with fresh ingredients Read more
91% recommended
Italian in Nashville

Bella Napoli

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
557 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Another great spot for pizza in Nashville is Bella Napoli, often considered Nashville's best pizzeria. In addition to a large menu of pizzas, Bella Napoli has many other Italian foRead more
98% recommended
Romantic in Nashville

Buca di Beppo - Cool Springs

$$$$·Italian·
Franklin / Brentwood
1,059 reviews
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Buca di Beppo is a good option for some of the best Italian in Nashville. The Nashville location of this nationwide chain is technically in Franklin, an upscale suburb just a few mRead more
Kid Friendly in Nashville

Mangia Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
256 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
Diners who want to eat at a New York-style Italian restaurant should check out Mangia Nashville. Mangia focuses on family dining, so dishes are large enough to share with the tableRead more
100% recommended
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Moto

$$$$·Italian·
Tennessee
1,222 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Diners looking for a hip restaurant experience should eat at Moto. This restaurant is in a renovated loft space with a distinctly industrial vibe. Moto serves some of the best ItalRead more
93% recommended
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Valentino's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,025 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Valentino's serves some of the best Italian in Nashville just steps from some of Nashville's best attractions. Valentino's is upscale, so expect white tablecloths and attentive serRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville

Nicky's Coal Fired

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
568 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Pizza is one of the most important Italian foods. Some of the best pizza in the city is at Nicky's Coal Fired, on the banks of the Cumberland River in West Nashville. At Nicky's CoRead more
100% recommended
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Bria Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Bellevue
768 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
For a cozy, rustic restaurant with a neighborhoody feel, check out Bria Bistro in Bellevue. Bria takes Italian classics and gives them a unique twist, so diners can enjoy a contempRead more
94% recommended
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Zolo's Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Franklin / Brentwood
305 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Zolo's Italian Restaurant is in nearby Franklin, and has been open since 2007. Zolo's makes every single item on its in-house — from the pasta to the salad dressing. There is a smaRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Nashville
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Romano's Macaroni Grill - Opry Mills

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
155 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
Some of the best Italian in Nashville is at Romano's Macaroni Grill, located in the beloved local mall, Opry Mills. Romano's Macaroni Grill is a chain, well-known for their delicioRead more
90% recommended
Kid Friendly in Nashville

Mirko Pasta - Donelson

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
223 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Mirko Pasta is a diner favorite for the best Italian in Nashville. Like its name suggests, the restaurant focuses on pasta, serving up a wide variety of dishes night after night. ORead more
92% recommended
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Caffe Nonna

$$$$·Italian·
Music Row
Caffe Nonna has been in business for 19 years, and still consistently serves some of the best Italian in Nashville. The restaurant is upscale, so diners may want to choose it for aRead more
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Cafe Coco's Italian Market And Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
West End
Part grocery store and part restaurant, Coco's Italian Market and Restaurant is one of the best choices in Nashville for authentic Italian food. Visitors can go to buy goods importRead more
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City House

$$$$·Italian·
Germantown
1,416 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Nashville's City House serves Italian with a twist. The menu contains pizzas like the Margherita and Escarole, as well as bread gnocchi and ziti with mushrooms. There are more uniqRead more
91% recommended
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