The Best Italian Restaurants in Tampa

The OpenTable Team

Right in the heart of Florida, Tampa Bay is a natural wonder - a gateway to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, with a long history, exciting young population, and blossoming cultural and culinary scenes. The best Italian restaurants in Tampa provide a creative and authentic taste of Italy to the Tampa Bay restaurant scene, mixing old-world flavors with the remarkable styles of new-world American and Southern cuisine. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Tampa heading out to when they're looking for the best Italian restaurants in Tampa? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. Here, we've gathered information from diners around the world in order to put together a list of the city's best Italian restaurants. From small neighborhood trattorias to upscale downtown Italian favorites, the best Italian restaurants in Tampa have authentic meals ready for any diner. Grab a table tonight and enjoy!

Restaurants:Il Ritorno, Noble Crust - St. Petersburg, Gratzzi Grille
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:St. Petersburg

Il Ritorno

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
855 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The heart of the Central Arts district is home to Il Ritorno, a modern Italian restaurant with a rustic vibe. It is at the top of the list when it comes to the best Italian restaurRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Noble Crust - St. Petersburg

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
1,588 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
This stylish hot spot off of Dale Mabry Highway is an appealing mixture of Italian and Southern cuisine. Slide into the Noble Crust for a comfortable, upscale meal with friends andRead more
96% recommended
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Gratzzi Grille

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
1,098 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
A highlight of the upscale Waterfront Arts District, the Gratzzi Grille is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. This classically-styled, tablecloth-draped hot spot is the Read more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sophia's Cucina + Enoteca

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
St. Petersburg
220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
This sleek Central Arts District favorite is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. A cozy and welcoming spot on Central Avenue, Sophia's Cucina + Enoteca delivers a full meRead more
100% recommended
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Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
328 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Tampa outpost of this Florida Italian favorite boasts some of the best food in the city. Located right on North Franklin Street, Bavaro's is the place to go for a wide selectioRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
538 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Only a short walk away from the waterfront, Tampa's Caffe Paradiso is a spot for prime Italian fish, meat, and pasta dishes. Grab a glass of wine from the excellent selection and sRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
192 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
This Ballast Point hot spot is a polished, modern place for a drink, a pizza, and a small-plate Italian dish. Try some of the Sociale seafood, with small plates of calamari, musselRead more
88% recommended
Late Night Find in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,398 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
In the heart of the city's upscale Parkland Estates region, Ava is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. Grab a seat in the comfortable dining room and enjoy the restaurantRead more
90% recommended
Italian in Tampa

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
455 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
This Snow Avenue local favorite boasts is one of the most exciting and best Italian restaurants in Tampa. Designed with Roman flair and an eye-catching interior, the cuisine at ForRead more
94% recommended

Donatello

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,796 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
This West Tampa Italian favorite boasts all the traditional Italian dining bells and whistles. Diners will receive an excellent Italian meal served from tuxedoed waiters. There is Read more
93% recommended
Special Occasion in Tampa / Central Florida West

Oggi Italian - Davis Islands

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
295 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Boasting lovely views of the water and a laid-back vibe, the Davis Islands area of Tampa is one of the city's highlights. It's there diners will find Oggi, one of the best Italian Read more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa

Noble Crust-Carrollwood

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
626 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
This Carrollwood edition of the Florida Italian favorite is the spot to go for a lively, hearty Italian meal with friends or family. It's an intriguing mixture of Southern cuisine Read more
100% recommended
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Brio Italian Grille - Tampa - International

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,086 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
The elegant, bright BRIO location in the International Mall is a Tuscan-styled hot spot for Italian favorites. Stop into BRIO after a long day of shopping and sightseeing and enjoyRead more
91% recommended
Italian in Tampa

Maggiano's - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
6,108 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The local establishment of this national chain favorite features some of the best Italian in Tampa. With hearty portions, excellent service, and an exquisite menu of Italian favoriRead more
94% recommended
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Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
796 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
A bustling hot spot in a modern, stylish space, Cena is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. It's also in an excellent place for seeing the sights of the city. Right in thRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Tampa
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Noble Crust - Wesley Chapel

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
733 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Noble Crust's Wesley Chapel location is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. Warm and inviting, this local hot spot offers up a menu of Southern-styled Italian favorites iRead more
93% recommended
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FarmTable Cucina - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
959 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
Trek over to the culinary hot spot of the Locale Market to find this celebrated Italian spot. The second-floor location of the FarmTable Cucina delivers some of the best Italian foRead more
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Osteria Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
560 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Only a few steps away from the beach in South Tampa and the fabled Davis Islands, the Osteria Bar and Kitchen is a combination rustic market and upscale Italian restaurant. SeafoodRead more
83% recommended
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Timpano Italian Chophouse - Tampa - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,766 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
One of the top restaurants in the city. Timpano is a classic Italian steakhouse with an elegant vibe and exquisite menu. To start the meal, try a selection from the raw bar. A jumbRead more
88% recommended
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Armani's

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
2,210 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
As diners can guess from the name, Armani's is a stylish spot high in the ranks of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa. It also offers some of the best views of the city. PerchedRead more
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