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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Upstate New York

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Upstate New York? 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!


A photo of La Bella Valatie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (92)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hudson
About the restaurant
La Bella Restaurant & Pizzeria in Valatie, NY is an Italian restaurant where the true taste of the old country reigns supreme. The old family recipes used at La Bella remain true to the mouthwatering homemade dishes prepared in Mama's Cucina Italiana. In Italy, using only the finest and freshest ingredients in the preparation of the meal, is of the utmost importance. At La Bella we believe that is one tradition to revere and to follow every day.

We hope you will join us soon for lunch, dinner, a pizza, or a slice to go.

Buon Appetito!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Once again a fabulous meal! We love going to LaBella’s on Sunday night for our pizza and salad, and to see Zach or Nate the sweetest server’s ever! Always so friendly and welcoming as are all the other workers. Wonderful place to dine!
A photo of Villa di Como Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (153)
$50 and over
Italian
Albany
About the restaurant
At Villa di Como, we provide a professional, yet homey style of hospitality that makes our guest feel welcome, warm, and happy. Our focus is attracting guest who value quality and the Italian experience over price and quantity. We have a 7 table very intimate dining room with a bar and a private dining room for special events. We are the perfect restaurant to celebrate your special dates with your loved ones.

Chef Ali is from Lake Como, Italy and cooks unique authentic Italian food, makes small batch, super premium Limoncello & Orangecello Liquor, gourmet jarred Italian sauces for you to take home. Chef Ali imports his ingredients directly from Italy. Chef Ali's family owns a hotel and three restaurants in Lake Como, Italy where he brings you authentic recipes for you to enjoy.

We do own a wine bar at next door called 288 Lark Wine&Tap and welcome to stop in for a drink before or after your reservation with us at Villa di Como. At our wine bar No Reservations-First Come First Serve

Top review
PatrickM
Dined 1 day ago
There are not many good italian places in albany. This one is outstanding! Unique choices as well as the standards, all prepared very well. Service is excellent. Great value for the price.
A photo of Lucia's on the Lake restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4445)
$31 to $50
Italian
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Voted one of The Top 100 Restaurants in The United States by OpenTable Diners, Lucia's On The Lake is a captivating contemporary Seafood, Steak, and Italian Restaurant right on the Water. Featuring a Rooftop Patio, and Waterviews throughout the entire restaurant, Diners are captivated by the beauty of the Lake, warm ambience, dynamic food, and exceptional service.

AWARDS
Voted Top 100 Overall Restaurant USA - OpenTable 2023
Voted Top 100 Restaurant with a View USA - OpenTable 2021
Voted Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurant USA - OpenTable 2022
Best of 716 New York - 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
OpenTable Diners Choice Award - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
DiRona Wine Spectator Award of Excellence North America 2024



Top review
VirginiaNvip
Dined today
A very nice restaurant with excellent service. The menu is diverse and beverages choices for everyone.
A photo of Pastabilities restaurant
4.9
4.9 (561)
$31 to $50
Italian
Syracuse
About the restaurant
We accept a limited number of reservations for parties up to 10 people up to 90 days in advance. Reservations are required for parties over 7 people, but optional for smaller group sizes. No reservations available? No worries! Smaller sized parties may join our wait list if there are no reservations available once we are open for dinner service at 4 pm. Guests may join the wait list by walking in or calling in advance of arrival.

Lunch service is fast-casual, first come, first serve. No reservations or waitlist required.

Pastabilities® restaurant has been happily serving our guests in Syracuse, New York for over 40 years. Our seasonal menus feature a full range of our homemade pastas, sauces, salads and the famous Stretch Bread from our bakery across the street. We make it all from scratch, and we put our heart and soul into every menu item. We are located in the historic Armory Square neighborhood, near theaters, shopping, and entertainment centers.

Top review
JayaNvip
Dined 4 days ago
Dan our server was excellent! He was very attentive
A photo of Ciao Bella restaurant
4.9
4.9 (70)
$30 and under
Italian
Monticello
About the restaurant
Ciao Bella Restaurant
Northern Italian Cuisine

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Best food in town! Loved my meal from the bread with olive oil & balsamic, to the tomato with mozzarella, roasted peppers and balsamic glaze, to the chicken parm with mashed potatoes and green beans, to the tiramisu! Transport me straight to Italy please! Delicious! 💙
A photo of Ciao Bella Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (62)
$31 to $50
Italian
New Paltz
About the restaurant
At Ciao Bella, we pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional dining experience that combines culinary excellence, warm hospitality, and an inviting atmosphere.
Led by our talented team of chefs, we are dedicated to creating dishes that showcase the finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. Our menu is carefully crafted to celebrate seasonal flavors and culinary traditions while infusing innovative techniques and creative presentations. From the first bite to the last, each dish is a harmonious blend of taste, texture, and visual appeal, leaving a lasting impression on every palate.
The ambiance of our restaurant is an extension of our commitment to excellence. From the elegant decor to the soothing lighting, every detail has been carefully considered to create a warm and inviting space where guests can relax, connect, and enjoy their dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our server made our experience over the top memorable!
A photo of Mulberry Italian Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1016)
$31 to $50
Italian
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Equal parts restaurant and experience, Mulberry Italian Ristorante is a wonderful option for those who want an authentically delicious meal. Explaining that it may look like the Bronx, but that it tastes like Manhattan, this cozy eatery is just south of the center of Buffalo and offers iconic Italian foods.

Visitors to Mulberry Italian Ristorante can enjoy their lunch or dinner menu items and will find that even some of the standards are far more creative than what they usually encounter. Freshness is also a huge part of the experience, and the caprese is hand crafted each day while the pasta is homemade on the premises. Delicious and comprehensive, the Mulberry Italian Ristorante menu is a delight.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Enjoyed our first meals ever at Mulberry! We ordered the stuffed peppers, Caesar salad, Rigatoni Vodka, & Lasagna. Everything was super delicious and we will be back!
A photo of Cafe Capriccio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2011)
$31 to $50
Italian
Albany
About the restaurant
Cafe Cariccio, the region's only authentic Tuscan restaurant, has been a favorite dining destination in Albany for 30 years. The Cafe was voted Best Restaurant in the Capital District by Metroland Magazine for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and many times previously. Jim Rua and Franco Rua are proprietors. The Cafe is open for dinner every night. See our web site for details and photos.


Top review
OutofTowner
Dined 3 days ago
The food and service were both superb. The Tuscan Garden is a most enjoyable evening at Cafe Capriccio
A photo of MezzaNotte Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (817)
$30 and under
Italian
Albany
About the restaurant
Whether you call it Classic Italian with a Modern Twist, or Modern Cuisine with Italian Influences, locally owned MezzaNotte Ristorante is sure to please. Highly rated food, prepared fresh from scratch using seasonal and local products. Whether for an intimate dinner, business meeting or dining with friends and family, MezzaNotte will exceed your expectations. Come try us and see why we are a Trip Advisor Restaurant of Excellence.
Top review
DavidB
Dined 2 days ago
Connie and crew always welcome their guests, old or new, with genuine hospitality. Good bar service, dining room pacing is nice, food quality and value for its excellence is spot on.
A photo of Prosecco Italian Restaurant and Jazz Bar LLC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1128)
$30 and under
Italian
Farmington, New York
About the restaurant
We are open for dine-in, takeout, and online ordering Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-9pm. Please contact the restaurant at 585-924-8000 for reservations or to place an order. We are also available for private in house events or catering (pick up or delivery) during our business and non business hours. Call 585-924-8000 for more information or to place your catering orders.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great atmosphere, great food, and service. Highly recommend.
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