Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Raleigh. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Raleigh restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like 518 West, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Vivace. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Raleigh - North Raleigh, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Hillsborough Street
Bella Monica

Delicious Neopolitan pizza is this Italian eatery's forte. Design your own with a choice of mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, or asiago and ricotta cheeses, topped with anything from pesto, garlic, spinach or roasted eggplant to anchovies, chicken,...  Read More


Yellow marbleized walls, large windows and Mediterranean-style décor make this café an inviting spot to grab a bite to eat. Paired with your favorite wine, a plate of penne, scallops and spinach sautéed in garlic and extra virgin olive oil is...  Read More

North Raleigh
Capri Restaurant

Attentive service and reasonable prices enhance your meal at this Italian kitchen. Antipasti plates, like caprese (fresh mozzarella and tomato) and stuffed eggplant, whet your palate for heaping plates of pasta and other delightful concoctions,...  Read More

518 West

Exposed brick walls, potted plants and wrought iron décor adorn this charming dining room. Each table receives a basket of crusty Italian bread, with oil and vinegar for dipping, and an array of wood grilled meat and fish, spicy pastas and...  Read More

North Raleigh

This reputable family-run eatery specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. The osso buco and fried mozzarella soufflé come highly recommended, but pasta lovers won't want to miss the linguini, tossed with sautéed shrimp and scallops,...  Read More


A Raleigh favorite, this modern Italian restaurant cooks up enviable fare. Several appealing pastas and wood oven-baked pizzas are listed on the menu, but delectable meat and fish dishes are the main draw. The tantalizing wood-fired steak and...  Read More