10 Best Italian Restaurants in Tucson: Savoring Pasta & Pizza Perfection

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Tucson
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Great Italian food is a staple back East, so who would have thought that you can also find authentic Italian food in the middle of the desert? Such is the case with Tucson, home to a handful of thriving family-owned Italian eateries that bring the flavors and traditions of Italy to Arizona. Caffe Milano in downtown Tucson is a choice example of what the Old Pueblo has to offer: classic Italian dishes served with gourmet flair and high quality imported ingredients. If you're nostalgic for the traditional East Coast corner market and deli, head straight to Tony's Italian Deli, serving up some of Tucson's freshest deli cuts, hot...  Read more »

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    Caffe Milano

    Caffe Milano in downtown Tucson serves authentic Italian food with passion and skill.

    Local Expert Tip: "This cafe makes a great place to eat before heading to a show at the nearby Fox Theatre."

     
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    Tavolino

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Tavolino in Tucson is the city's best source for authentic Northern Italian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations recommended."

     
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    NoRTH

    North Italian Farmhouse in Tucson makes its pizza and pasta dough from scratch, all day long, for every guest.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by for the weekend brunch, featuring omelettes, French toast and other morning meal delights. "

     
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    Tony's Italian Deli

    Tony's Italian Deli in Tucson brings the charm and authenticity of the classic East Coast corner market to the desert.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try "The Tony Special," which features fresh-cut Genoa salami and provolone."

     
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    Trattoria Pina

    Trattoria Pina is a hidden gem at foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains, dishing out some of Tucson's favorite homemade Italian food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by for Happy Hour, Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 6:30pm, which features drink and food specials."

     
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    Gusto Osteria

    Come on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to participate in the restaurant's popular Live Painting sessions featuring the work of local artists.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to participate in the restaurant's popular Live Painting sessions featuring the work of local artists."

     
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    Caffe Torino

    Caffe Torino is a casual family-owned Italian restaurant that serves fresh, handcrafted Northern Italian specialties.

    Local Expert Tip: "Caffe Torino is also a popular breakfast spot. "

     
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    Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

    Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is the perfect place for a hearty plate of hot, gooey and always tasty Italian food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try Joe's Special, homemade linguini topped with cheese, hot pepper seeds, fresh chopped garlic and the house sauce, a restaurant favorite for over 50 years. "

     

 

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