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, Gratzzi Grille, Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:St. Petersburg

Il Ritorno

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
989 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 restaur...

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92% recommended
Best Overall in St. Petersburg

Gratzzi Grille

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
1,162 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual

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 ...

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93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in St. Petersburg

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete

$$$$·Italian·
St. Petersburg
406 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual

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 selectio...

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97% recommended
Best Value in St. Petersburg

Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
595 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

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 s...

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90% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
244 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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, mussel...

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92% recommended
Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ava Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,538 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions

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 restaurant...

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Italian in Tampa

Forbici Modern Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Tampa
610 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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 For...

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89% recommended
Hot Spot in Tampa / Central Florida West

Donatello

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,950 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List

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 ...

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96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa

Oggi Italian - Davis Islands

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
414 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • 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 ...

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88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Tampa

Brio Italian Grille - Tampa - International

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
1,134 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings

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 enjoy...

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Brunch in Tampa / Central Florida West

Cena

$$$$·Italian·
Tampa
895 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 th...

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91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa