At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for St. Paul's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in St. Paul, we head to Carmelo's - a reader favorite - or we count on Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.

Grand Avenue / Downtown
D'Amico & Sons

Grand Avenue's D'Amico & Sons offers a trendy, even upscale option for those craving excellent Italian take-out. This serve-yourself, deli-style restaurant has the charming look and feel of an Italian grocery, carrying everything from olive...  Read More

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

Pazzaluna, in Italian, means "crazy moon," and the meaning sets the tone for this bustling, authentic Italian restaurant. Highlighting regional cuisine, chefs prepare stand-out dishes from all over Italy. Enjoy risotto with fresh chicken breast...  Read More

Buca di Beppo has a reputation for being one of the most entertaining Italian eateries in town. Inside, the decor borders on downright amusing, as does the waitstaff's Stooge-like behavior, as they yell across the restaurant and bark orders at...  Read More

Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria

Cossetta's cafeteria-style atmosphere is reminiscent of places you'd find in Little Italy. Indeed, the Italian grocery is St. Paul's oldest such business. Perhaps that's why locals flock here for lunch with such frequency. Award-winning pizzas...  Read More


One step into the paneled dining room of this restaurant, and you'll know immediately that you're in for a feast of epic proportions. Customers are made to feel like old friends as they sit at simply decorated tables covered with green...  Read More

The vaulted ceilings and soft lighting in Osteria I Nonni are beautiful in their own right, but they're nothing compared to the food. When you consider the rich selection of seasonal Roman-inspired cuisine, there are plenty of superb reasons to...  Read More

DeGidio's Restaurant & Bar

A staple Italian restaurant since the 1930s, DeGidio's has quite a colorful history. Founded by a St. Paul bootlegger and later a popular gathering place for St. Paul mobsters, the restaurant has since lost its mob ties. However, it retains the...  Read More

Mama's Pizza

Groups, families, couples – everyone loves Mama's. Large portions of Italian comfort food arrive at your booth piping hot, if you can tear yourself away from the TVs long enough to eat. While pizza pies are the specialty, spaghetti &...  Read More