Italian

Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Greenville's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Greenville. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar or tell you that Giovanni's gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

9 Olive Tree Pizza & Grill
Attended regularly by local folks, Olive Tree takes pride in its home-style Greek and Italian food. A laid-back ambience reigns, and the no-frills interior means that no one feels out of place or is uncomfortable. As a result, you'll find lots of people tucking into hearty pasta dishes, gyro platters and large, crisp salads. Portions are substantial, and even better, they're more than affordable. (864-284-9050)

8 Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar
Although it began with a focus on pizzas (and still serves excellent pies, like a four-cheese version and a shrimp-and-artichoke mix), Coal Fired has expanded into broader Italian fare and kicked things up with a subtle French inflection. At dinner, for example, grilled lamb chops and osso bucco are classics, and chicken marsala, along with pastas and risottos, showcase deep layers of flavor. Appetizers are similarly rich and make perfect companions to Coal Fired's wide selection of wines. Try them by the sip or glass, courtesy of their Italian serving system, which lets you help yourself automatically with the aid of a debit card that you load as you wish. (864-329-0400)

7 Ristorante Bergamo
A pale, shining environment only serves to highlight the exceptional northern Italian cuisine served at Bergamo's. Always prepared with the freshest ingredients, this is some of the best Italian in the Upstate. Pastas, steaks and seafood are satisfying and robust. Salads and antipasti showcase a medley of flavors, and the simple desserts perfectly complete the richness of a good meal. Definitely one to try. (864-271-8667)

6 Trio Brick Oven Cafe
Gas lanterns, high ceilings, chunky wood seating and exposed brick walls establish a casual, intimate atmosphere at this Main Street mainstay. It's often filled with diners in the mood for well-prepared, affordable fare. Wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas get lots of attention, as do rotisserie chicken, gourmet sandwiches and flavorful salads. Two dozen wines are available by the glass, making it possible to sample several during the course of a meal. If the weather's pleasant, take advantage of sidewalk seating and the people-watching opportunities it affords. (864-467-1000)

5 Capri's
One of the oldest restaurant's in Greenville, Capri's has been an Upstate favorite for Italian for generations. The restaurant is lined with cozy booths giving an always family-friendly atmosphere and good times. Regulars rave that it is home to the best lasagna in the Upstate. (864-288-5884)

4 Portofino's
Ambient lighting and a subdued decor lend a certain romance to this Italian eatery. Candlelight and a good wine list add to the comfortable atmosphere. The menu presents a number of tempting dishes including spaghetti classica, eggplant parmigiana and veal scallopini. Accompanying all of these entrees are a refreshing salad and fantastic garlic rolls. A good choice for a relaxing dinner. (864-268-9432)

3 Giovanni's
In the mood for a cozy little Italian place with good food and the sort of quirkiness that can often be the hallmark of family-owned places? Then brave Woodruff Road and search out this tucked-away eatery, set in a strip mall. Meals are leisurely, and they're as convenient for a family as for date night. If the menu doesn't offer something you've been craving, ask if they'll make it for you. They're usually happy to accommodate and are always intent on pleasing diners. Again, a perk of independent places. (864-297-0999)

2 Trattoria Giorgio
Northern Italian cuisine is the delicious specialty of this warm, friendly restaurant. Try veal scaloppini prepared in marsala sauce with porcini mushrooms, or go vegetarian with spinach and walnut ravioli in cream sauce. All pastas are prepared on the premises, a welcome nod to quality and attention. The dining room is elegantly casual, and reservations are strongly recommended. Patio dining is available if the weather is cooperative. (864-271-9166)

1 Davani's
Delighting Greenville locals with their meticulously prepared entrees and expansive wine collection, Davani's has become one of Greenville's best restaurants. Located on Augusta Road, patrons flock to Davani's to partake in Italian and French influenced meals complimented by upstanding service and an inviting environment. Trying to impress a foodie? Take them here for a sample of the veal Oscar or the Muscovy duck, both outstanding dishes. Using local ingredients and the freshest seafood around, Davani's offers guests a bite of genuinely delicious food. (8643739013)


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Olive Tree Pizza & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Greek, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: MAULDIN
COST: $
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Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: PELHAM ROAD
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Ristorante Bergamo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Trio Brick Oven Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Capri's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: WOODRUFF ROAD
COST: $
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Portofino's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Haywood Road
COST: $
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Giovanni's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: WOODRUFF ROAD
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Trattoria Giorgio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Davani's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Continental, European, Italian
Neighborhood: AUGUSTA ROAD
COST: $$$