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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 20. 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, FarmTable Cucina, Noble Crust - St. Petersburg
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:St. Petersburg
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Il Ritorno

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
647 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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

FarmTable Cucina

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
932 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in St. Petersburg

Noble Crust - St. Petersburg

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
1,360 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
94% recommended
Best Overall in St. Petersburg

Gratzzi Grille

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
962 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in St. Petersburg

Sophia's Cucina + Enoteca

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
St. Petersburg
150 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
97% recommended
Best Food in St. Petersburg
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Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
238 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
Best Value in St. Petersburg

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
381 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Fit for Foodies in Tampa

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
134 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,165 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
156 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Tampa

Osteria Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
448 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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
84% recommended
Italian in Tampa

Timpano Italian Chophouse - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,675 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Donatello

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,432 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
92% recommended
Best Service in Tampa

Oggi Italian - Davis Islands

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
76 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Armani's

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
2,124 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • 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
82% recommended
Best Ambiance in Tampa

Noble Crust-Carrollwood

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
553 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
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
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa

BRIO Tuscan Grille - Tampa - International

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
944 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
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
97% recommended

Maggiano's - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
5,924 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Best Value in Tampa

Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
622 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Best Overall in Tampa
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Noble Crust - Wesley Chapel

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
603 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Tampa
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