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 Richmond. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Richmond restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Mamma Zu, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Amici Ristorante. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in the Richmond - Carytown area, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

3 La Grotta
This old-world style Italian dining room serves customers authentic Italian dishes like Vitello Al Marsala, sautéed veal scaloppine topped with mushrooms and Marsala wine sauce and Sogliola Aurora, filet of sole covered with fresh tomatoes, tasty mushrooms and white wine sauce. Order from the extensive wine list, and top off your meal with a tantalizing dessert. (804-644-2466)

2 Mamma Zu
This unpretentious eatery is universally considered one of Richmond's best Italian restaurants. Legendary among Richmond natives for its long waits, chalkboard menu and no-frills service. Do not let the establishment's lack of elegance deter you; EVERYONE agrees the food is stellar! House specialties include the eggplant parmesan, calamari and tiramisu. (804-788-4205)

1 Amici Ristorante
Soft lights, the warmth of candles and perfectly prepared Northern Italian cuisine — that's Amici! The pasta comes stuffed with ricotta and spinach and smothered in cream sauce, and veal is expertly prepared several ways. The light, espresso-soaked tiramisu is the best in Richmond. Outside seating is available when weather permits. (804-353-4700)

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La Grotta 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: SHOCKOE SLIP
COST: $$
Mamma Zu 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Cuisine: Continental, European, Italian, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: OREGON HILL
COST: $$
Amici Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: CARYTOWN
COST: $$
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