If you’re looking for a fantastic Italian dinner, Tampa is a good place to look. Thousands of Italians immigrated to Tampa in the late 1800s to find work in the cigar factories of Ybor City. Over time, they have become an important part of Tampa’s ethnic fabric which is evident in the quality and number of Italian restaurants that can be found here.
To help you pick the perfect eatery, 10Best has rounded up a short list of the best Italian restaurants in the city.
The upscale, Rat Pack ambiance of Donatello takes you back to the days of Bogart and Sinatra, providing an evening of nostalgia and romance while dining on expertly prepared Italian classics. Other options, like the ultra-hip 717 South, highlight modern Italian fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting.
Many Italian eateries feature a family-friendly, bistro feel, such as Bella's Italian Cafe. Bella's is a long-time favorite of locals who return again and again for the homemade pasta and freshly prepared sauces.
This is a tiny sample of the amazing Italian food Tampa has to offer, so feel free to use this list as jumping off point for your own culinary explorations.