Just hearing the term ‘food’ gives us butterflies in our stomach, and we start imagining all sorts of cuisines and dishes that top our ‘most-favorite-food’ charts. There’s a food lover within all of us, and we just need a simple occasion to gorge on delicious recipes and reveal our voracious-eater avatar (because otherwise, we may be a little conscious about our health). Well, Italian cuisine is something we all cannot deny being fans of. From pasta to pizzas, tell us one name who doesn’t love them! Faster preparation and mouth-watering taste make them our go-to food! But not every stall or corner selling food could offer you the authentic Italian taste. But Italy is far, peeps!
We have made a list of the 8 best restaurants across the US that serve sumptuous Italian cuisine at competitive rates. Check them out.
Seven Hill, San Francisco
This primitive-feel neighborhood eat-out place is small, but it sure will satisfy your taste buds with its great Italian food, especially the home-made pasta. The restaurant serves crisp meals at attractive prices ranging from $31 to $60. Watch out for the overcrowding though (the only backdrop here, cause it’s that good!). You can make your reservations online. They also have great wines in line with their excellent Italian cuisine. Get drunk a little, the taste is worth it!
Address:1550 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Open: 5pm to 9.30pm every day. (Closed on Mondays)
Rafele, New York City
The most talked about item here is the cheesecake. You’ll definitely fall for it. This dining place will take you back to Italy, with the perfect ambiance, impeccable Italian cuisine, and totally humble and fast service. They keep a close connection with the local farmers, markets, and vendors to bring out the best ingredients, to prepare the ‘hot off the press’ delicious and authentic Italian food, that also has a slight touch of New York in it. They serve sumptuous wine too. Price ranges from $31 to $60.
Address: 29 7th Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014
Open: 12pm to 3.30pm, and again from 5pm to 11pm every day.
Casaro Pizzeria And Mozzarella Bar, San Francisco
Just as the name suggests, this pizza place set in the North Beach has the most voluptuous pizzas on its menu, that have the perfect amount of cheese, sauces, and fresh ingredients. You should try the special wood-fired pizza here, that is offered at a very affordable price. The second best thing here is definitely the burrata, that’s made of heavenly mozzarella cheese and fresh cream. They also serve great wines and cocktails. The décor of the place is not really attractive, but the food will definitely make up for it. You just cannot miss this, for an enriching Italian cuisine experience. The price of the menu ranges from $11 to $30.
Address: 348 Columbus Ave (at Grant), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Open: 11am to 11pm weekdays, 12pm to 12am on weekends.
Armani’s, Tampa, Florida
This eating place located on the 14th floor of Grand Hyatt offers a mesmerizing view of the Tampa bay. And the food served here is to die for. Great looks with great food, this dining hub, surely doesn’t deserve to be missed. Indulge in the Northern Italian specialties here, and enjoy the quiet and newly renovated interiors simultaneously. It gives the right feels of romance and has a highly appetizing antipasto bar to quench your thirst. The prices start from $50.
Address: Grand Hyatt, 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Open: 6pm to 10pm every day. (Closed on Sunday)
Via Della Pace, New York City
This family owned eating outlet (that accepts only cash) in the streets of East Village, serves lip-smacking Italian cuisines, coupled with sangria and other cocktails. The primitive Italian décor is sure to catch your attention. Located in the friendly neighborhood of NYC, you can grasp a view of the liveliness outside, through the glass windows, while enjoying the delicious food at the restaurant. They offer daily special menus, with lasagne and eggplants being the hottest selling dishes here. They also serve brilliant wine. The prices range from $11 to $30.
Address:48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave, East Village)
Open: 11am to 1am every day.
Drago Centro, L.A., Caldifornia
The beautiful Italian restaurant serves authentic and traditional Italian recipes and has an outdoor seating facility with the state-of-the-art decor, that makes it totally worth visiting this place. The hospitable nature of the waiters and an appetizing Italian menu that includes wines and cocktails makes it a place that shouldn’t be missed. One great news is that they offer happy hours on their bar menu REGULARLY; between 11:30AM – 10:00PM on weekdays and from 5:00PM – 10:00PM on weekends. Prices range from $31 to $60.
Address: 525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Bet. 5 & 6 street)
Open: Same as the happy hours mentioned above.
Portfino, Las Vegas, NV
Introduced by Chef Michael LaPlaca, the mirage restaurant serves authentic and coastal Italian cuisine with a modernized twist. The Caesar salads, Filet, Osso Bucco are some of the hot favourites here. They also have an attractive dessert menu. The prices here range from $31 to $60.
Address:The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open: 5pm to 10pm regularly except Tuesday and Wednesday.
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This high-end restaurant in Philadelphia serves authentic Northern Italian cuisine, that is of fine quality and uses fresh and crisp ingredients in its preparations. The spinach gnocchi is one of their most-ordered dishes. The service quality is top-notch, and the culinary experience just divine. The wines on their menu are of a taste, that you will cherish throughout your lives. The menu prices are above $61, but it’s totally worth it.
Address: 1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Open: 10am to 10pm every day.
Hungry already? So which restaurant are you planning to visit next?