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Little Italy - Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, FL

Little Italy - Daytona Beach

4.5
4.5
233 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Genesis of Little Italy began in a different time and a different land during the era of Josie’s Restaurant in a Naples, Italy neighborhood. Gary and his siblings were little more than children, but already struggling with dishes and pans. More than a family, they were united by a common bond; not just by lineage but the same passion for the kitchen the customers and the dining experience.

What we have now created is a culinary experience that is both beautiful and inviting to new customers (and soon to be regulars) of Little Italy’s. You will find a real family – where values, like our food. The dream of this special project has finally materialized. Chef Gary, Luigi and Mario Recupido are proud to introduce you to Little Italy !

CHI MANGIA BENE, VIVE BENE!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (386) 265-4778
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Daytona Beach
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 233 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

233 Reviews
  1. Mark

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Italian! Little Italy is an unassuming storefront restaurant on S Beach near the Jackie Robinson field. Service is pleasant, and the décor is casual and understated. Most importantly, the food has been surprisingly good, the handful of times we've been here. It's nice when your guests note how good their meals are as the food gets delivered. (Thank you, Little Italy!)

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  2. Mike

    Orlando

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been here often. The wine is pretty good, with a lot of choices. This night I had house salad and pizza. They were both quite good.

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  3. Mike

    Orlando

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I've eaten at Little Italy quite a few times. This time, a friend had the carbonara, one had the salon and one had the chicken parmigiana. Everybody enjoyed their meal.

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  4. WendyS

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Natalie was awesome ! I felt that the dinner portion was quite small. I never finish a meal at a restaurant however, this time I left feeling a little hungry. Despite the portion the meal was delicious.

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  5. StaciT

    Seattle

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Suzanne is an excellent server, very caring and attentive! The food was amazing and I enjoyed the House Cab. The only downside, and it really was not a negative, it was Fathers Day and the place was packed, so we were tight and close to our neighbors. Nice celebration spot and everyone is so friendly and accommodating!!

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  6. Garyb

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian ever outside of Italy. Wish I lived close by I’d go every week to eat there.

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  7. JohnM

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very authentic tasting Italian cuisine. Perfectly cooked spaghetti!

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  8. cindyk

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for Mothers Day yesterday, our server was great, friendly, quick and our food was delicious. Tiramisu was homemade I believe. Kudos to the bartender who made the Chocolate strawberry martini!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed myself and I appreciate everyone. Glad I was invited. I will go back again. Food was really good.

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  10. UteA

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here before and have enjoyed the food and service. We reserved a table for ten in advance and everything was exceptional as usual for our little celebration. The only comment I have was inventory control. Four at the table ordered Bloody Marys and there was no mix, but obviously that did not diminish our time spent with the good food and service. Thank you for a wonderful time.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I went to this restaurant with high expectations. IT’s reputation and previous reviews made it a much desired choice. My excitement quickly diminished once I was seated. The table we were seated at had a sticky film covering the table, as if someone wiped it down with a dirty cloth. My silverware was washed however it still had dried bits of residue on it, something that should have been noticed. The drink I ordered was made perfectly. That hardly ever happens. When dinner was served, it was served on a plastic plate. When you are at a nice restaurant the last thing you want your food served on is a plastic plate. $29 for that? The dinner was very good (I ordered the Veal) The portion size and sides (Squash) were very disappointing for that price point. Finally desert, although tasty was not made by the restaurant, and not Italian. None of the deserts were made in house. If you claim to be authentic Italian you should be able to do a simple desert. Overall it was a 2/10. There were so many small mistakes that could be easily rectified if someone just took the time to check. Minor details like cleaning tables properly, double checking silverware, NEVER serving food on plastic plates, and making your own deserts (at least one). If your going to charge above market prices and claim to be authentic then get the basics right. It’s sad I wanted this place to be good.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for every day or special occasion. The food was delicious, all very clean, and the ambiance was perfect. First time going and enjoyed it. Will go again.

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  13. MichaelS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! Beautiful night outdoors. Food came out fast and hot. Will be back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great overpriced pasta. Honestly it was the best (smaller) bowl of spaghetti and meatballs that I've ever eaten but $20 with NO salad. Good food but watch your wallet for this tourist trap.

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  15. DeniseL

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I was very disappointed with Little Italy. The restaurant is small and the decor is nautical, not matching its name. Food is overpriced, especially for the scant portions provided. Pasta must be purchased separately from the entree, so nothing on the side of my chicken cacciatore except for a moderate serving of veggies. My meal was a small boneless chicken breast, not at all tender, with approximately 1/2 of an Italian sausage, in chunks, and some peppers and lots of mushrooms in a bland tomato sauce. I do not like mushrooms; they were not included in the menu description of the dish. That was the meal for $22.00. There was some good bread for our table before the meal with some so-so dipping oil. Our appetizer, the Antipasto Rustico, was shared by all and offered about 3 slices each of mortadella, prosciutto, & deli provolone, a few pieces of giardinerre on top of some greens with the slightest drizzle of balsamic. This was presented on a "chic" log slice, overpriced at $18.00. Wine was ordered and served. Then the young man serving the antipasto promptly knocked a full glass of red across our table. Never apologized or even made eye contact with us, and left us to clean up with our napkins and those from an adjoining table. We had to ask someone else to clean the now-sticky table and replace the spilled wine. Much later a woman who works the kitchen came to check tables and we told her about the wine and poor service. She offered to provide us with dessert as a concession, so we each received 2 mini cannoli at meals end. They were quite good. Coffee and cappuccino took forever and was average. They were served in ostentatious tapered cups and saucers that looked like they matched, except the cups did not fit in the recess of the saucer, so the whole thing rattled and tilted as it was served. Thought we were going to have another spilll. Restaurant is trying too hard to be something it's not. 100% agreed none of us will return!

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  16. BrettJ

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Not sure where they get a 4.5 rating review. Enjoyed the outdoor dining but service was off their game. Salads and bread were good, entrees average Italian but nothing spectacular. Service was slow and we were mostly finished with our entrees before we ever got our pasta sides (I had to go find servers to get our pasta). Not sure how pasta sides can take so long. In their defense, they did ask if we wanted desserts on the house but we were ready to go by then. They did agree to take one side pasta off the bill. We won’t be a repeat customer.

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  17. MiamiLocal

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service would have been 5 stars if the first course - pasta - & second course - veal - had not come out together. My husband had two oversized plates in front of him. I suspect the server did not inform kitchen to hold off on meat entree while serving pasta course. Perhaps server was not adequately trained or forgot? We love this little place. From the crusty bread to the limencello cake - if available, not to be missed. Hidden gem.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought a bunch of my friends here for my birthday dinner. Had a wonderful time & loved the food. Service was a tad slower than we would’ve liked but the ambiance and local vibes make up for the extra time waiting. Definitely worth a visit!!

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  19. RaymondH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent the whole night. Food was tasty and well presented

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  20. JohnnyB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the food was fantastic! They even had a live singer and his 12 year old son belting out all the classics from the Rat Pack. We were blown away, such an amazing dining experience!

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  21. Mel0624

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. However the drinks and service were not so great.

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  22. DeniseK

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good .. tasted like dinner at Nonni’s. Service was great..

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  23. Eagle

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good, nice friendly atmosphere. Our server, Paige was excellent! Enjoyed a nice evening even though it was St Patricks day and a very busy day. Thank you!

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  24. Wander

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Indoor and outdoor seating. Food is delicious. Entrees average $20 for a pasta dish. Server was attentive. $10 lunch specials.

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  25. DavidM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is by far the best real Italian food around! The owners and the staff are awesome! We live in Ocala and it is worth the drive to Daytona Beach for the wonderful food at Little Italy. I highly recommend this place.

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  26. NataliiaB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit and we were surprised how beautiful and cozy interior. The service was so nice and delicious meal. I recommend this restaurant.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In the past we have had excellent meals. Last night we had dirty martinis and asked for 3 olives instead of 2. We were charged $4.00 extra over the cost of $24.00 for the 2 martinis. Our veal marsala was not that great. Veal didn't seem fresh.

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  28. Disappointed

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was too salty. I had pizza so not sure if it was just the pizza or every dish, but was incredibly salty. Appetizer of calamari was also too salty and not good. Server was inattentive and didn’t seem to have a clue on how to be efficient (spent 20 minutes taking tables order next to us so we didn’t have drinks when our food came. Someone I believe to be the boss or owner ended up getting our drinks, but then giving them to the wrong table so they had to be redone.

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  29. RICHARDB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Excellent service. Qualité de la nourriture excellente. Excellent rapport qualité/prix. A découvrir absolument !

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  30. Hildy

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fresh food and service with a friendly staff and owners!

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  31. WendyS

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible! Would never go there again

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  32. VetTixEddie

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited this family owned restaurant during The Daytona 500 weekend. We arrived early for our reservation but staff was friendly and creative in getting us seated early. Definitely was a popular destination as there looked to be multiple groups attending that were clearly there for the races. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and drinks were some of the best we have enjoyed. Highly recommend any of the dessert made each day by "Grandma." The bread pudding was exceptional!

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  33. BetsyJ

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great service. A real find in this area

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  34. AliceB

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! The only issue is I asked for balsamic vinegar and was given Balsamic glaze reduction . The Bruscheta was delicious I had the pasta pescadora and it was amazing. Couldn't eat it all. My husband had the beef ravioli and had no complaints. 5 ⭐️

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  35. Michelle

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our stops on Beach Street Bites Food Tour! Caprese & Meatball panini’s were buonissima!!

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  36. BillR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite place with the best authentic Italian food and great people who make it all happen!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentines Day Dinner. Good Food and Service. Paige was an excellent server.

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  38. StevenS

    West Palm Beach

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The surf and turf special was terrible. The barbecue ribs had a bland forgettable sauce. The shrimp were flash fried with their shells on, so that you had to remove the tasty coating in order to eat the shrimp. The Langostino was also flash fried in the same disappointing way. This special was grossly over priced at $69.

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  39. DoreenS

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place. Small and intimate. Natalie,the manager, was delightful. Food was outstanding.

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  40. ROBERTF

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    They were out of 3 wines we selected. They also did not know how to make a Cosmo. We requested replacing the vegetable with a side of spaghetti and it was not an option.

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Little Italy - Daytona Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (386) 265-4778.

Little Italy - Daytona Beach is rated 4.5 stars by 233 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Little Italy - Daytona Beach

240 S Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114-4404

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Daytona Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Bistro, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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