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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Raleigh

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Raleigh? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (1530)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cafe Tiramisu offers a menu full of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The family-owned and operated restaurant is decorated sparingly and the dining room is a cozy, relaxing environment. Cafe Tiramisu has a full bar but specializes in wine with an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.



Try the ravioli or the shrimp dip to start out your meal at Cafe Tiramisu. Choose from Italian classics like the lasagna or the marsala. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Choose one of the restaurant's sides for your entree like the fried eggplant or the sauteed spinach.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Small, intimate, excellent service, excellent food. We are regulars. There is a reason why it is hard to get a reservation. It has been a Raleigh icon for years and the only place we go for Italian in Raleigh.
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (745)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.

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Quincy
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Geatano owner and server. Took us into his world and joy of food that is so richly connected to family from Sicily. We were educated about what we eat and drank and why it was so good. The food can be great, but when you a master server connect you to the food, the experience is epic. Thank you for your-insatiable limitless passion to food Geatano, we are all the better connected for it.
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4.8
4.8 (3542)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!
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Raleighdiner
Dined 3 days ago
Good selection of entrees and wine. Food was very good and the service was great. Great desserts.
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4.7
4.7 (1339)
$30 and under
Italian
Cary
About the restaurant
Seasonal changes, outstanding ingredients and a made-from-scratch philosophy guide Chef 's menu of house-made focaccia and pasta, antipastis, made-to-order wood-fired pizzas, and piatti. The chef curated dinner and dessert menus, pair with the well balanced wine and beverage program. Located at Fenton in Cary, NC, this casual yet polished family-style Italian restaurant features 120 indoor dining seats, 60 seats outdoors on the semi-covered patio, and a 12-seat bar.
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KekeDoULuvMe
Dined 1 day ago
We heard rave reviews from friend about Colletta and they did not disappoint! Brain C our server was amazing! He gave great recommendations on the food! The food was delicious and very flavorful! The ambience in the restaurant gave old school Italian vibes which added to the great dining experience!
A photo of Garibaldi Trattoria restaurant
4.6
4.6 (638)
$30 and under
Italian
Fuquay-Varina
About the restaurant
Fuquay's newest, casual authentic Italian dining.
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DebbieF
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
We were given a free glass of champagne for our anniversary. The salad, bread, and pasta were delicious. Waitstaff was friendly and fast.
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4.7
4.7 (2473)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Situated in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna has been bringing authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair to the Triangle for over two decades.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very good service and best Italian food I’ve ever had
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4.6
4.6 (674)
$31 to $50
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Cucciolo Terrazza, named Best New Restaurant 2022 by Raleigh Magazine, serves simple and delicious Italian food using the highest quality ingredients in an upscale, yet friendly and casual environment. We will always strive to provide the best service possible through genuine care for our Guests.
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Spreenervip
Dined 3 days ago
What a lovely surprise in North Hills. Front of the house super professional and waiter was very knowledgeable on food / wine. Dishes were all very tasty and wine by the glass was fantastic. It’s going to be a regular date night stop ! Thank you.
A photo of Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2912)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant

Overflow Parking are few feets away from our lot.
League Lot – 209 N. Dawson Street
State Government Parking Deck (West) – 329 N McDowell Street
Streetside Along Lane Street

On Friday's and Saturday's only accommodate parties as large as 6.



Mulino provides a dining experience that takes the curious on a richly rewarding gastronomic journey across the Italian culinary landscape and rewards the intrepid adventurer with simple yet sumptuous cuisine, wines, and a complementary culinary education in the history of Italian cuisine all in a very cozy environment.

Patio seating is first come first serve for reservations.

Located in downtown Raleigh and minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center, Mulino can accommodate parties from 2-250.

For Parties of 12 or more, a large party menu will be required. For details, please navigate to: https://mulinoraleigh.com/menus/limited-menu/

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TonyBvip
Dined 6 days ago
It was very hot and there was limited inside seating but the shift manager solved the problem by reconfiguring some seats. we were all greatly appreciative
A photo of Leo's Italian Social - Park West Village restaurant
4.5
4.5 (376)
$31 to $50
Italian
Morrisville
About the restaurant
Grand Opening: January 10th!!!

Leo’s Italian Social is the center of its community; a place to gather and meet for cocktails and conversation. Here we connect and celebrate with each other by sharing delicious food, well-made cocktails, and great wine. When you spend time with us, we want you to arrive hungry and leave happy. Cheers!

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Juliavip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Great server. Food was good overall. However, my husband had the shrimp and lobster dish which had lots of red pepper flake seasoning , making it pretty spicy, which wasn’t indicated at all on the menu. There was music which was very good but too loud. We noticed that as people came in they were asking to be seated away from the speakers. The bar seemed to be understaffed as the drinks were very slow in coming. However, overall it was a good meal and we will be back!
A photo of Leo's Italian Social - North Hills restaurant
4.1
4.1 (122)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Leo’s Italian Social is the center of its community; a place to gather and meet for cocktails and conversation. Here we connect and celebrate with each other by sharing delicious food, well-made cocktails, and great wine. When you spend time with us, we want you to arrive hungry and leave happy. Cheers!
Top review
SteveS
Dined 2 days ago
Very good restaurant . Enjoyed the evening. Will visit again,
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