10 Best Italian Restaurants in Tucson: Pasta Bowls, Pizza Pies and More

Great Italian food is a staple back East, so who would have thought that you can also find authentic Italian food in the middle of the desert? Such is the case with Tucson, home to a handful of thriving family-owned Italian eateries that bring the flavors and traditions of Italy to Arizona.

Caffe Milano in downtown Tucson is a choice example of what the Old Pueblo has to offer: classic Italian dishes served with gourmet flair and high quality imported ingredients. If you're nostalgic for the traditional East Coast corner market and deli, head straight to Tony's Italian Deli, serving up some of Tucson's freshest deli cuts, hot pasta dishes, and hot and cold sandwiches.

For hand-crafted Italian foods made from fresh, local ingredients, North is a sleek urban bistro specializing in wood-fired Italian dishes. Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is Tucson's answer to your classic, neighborhood family-owned Italian restaurant. Since 1956, Mama Louisa's has been making fresh homemade pasta that is served with the delicious slow simmered house tomato sauce.

For special occasions, Tavolino is one of Tucson's hottest tickets, a tiny cafe with a daily-changing array of specials with some of the city's  finest Northern Italian cuisine. Make a reservation: it can be hard to get a table at this trendy restaurant. 



Adhering to the standards set forth by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (arbiters of fine Neapolitan pizza), Vero Amore (which means "true love" in Italian) bakes its pizzas in a brick, wood-burning oven, using fresh mozzarella made...  Read More



Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is Tucson's answer to the traditional family-owned Italian restaurant. Since 1956, Mama Louisa's has been dishing out hearty, delicious Italian food for generations. Here you'll find fresh homemade pastas, slow...  Read More

Caffe Torino


Located in Oro Valley just north of Tucson, Caffe Torino offers lovely views of the Catalina Mountains. This family owned and operated restaurant specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Food is prepared daily in the kitchen with the freshest...  Read More



Trattoria Pina Italian Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant located in southeast Tucson with gorgeous views of the Catalina foothills. This hidden gem dishes out superb Italian food made with passion and hand-crafted family recipes. The menu...  Read More



Tucked away in a shopping center on Oracle Road, Guiseppe's in Tucson may not be the easiest Italian restaurant to find. But that's where the phrase "hidden gem" comes into play. The family-owned restaurant has an extensive menu of classic...  Read More



NoRTH is the epitome of trendiness - the urban ambience is defined by sleek lines, white leather, exposed brick, and dark wood, plus awesome panoramic city views. Their forte is wood roasted and grilled dishes; not just meats but virtually...  Read More

North Tucson


Tiny and trendy, Tavolino is one restaurant where reservations are an absolute must. Northern Italian cuisine is the specialty, with homemade pastas and grilled meats being the main choices. The logical appetizer choice is the Antipasto...  Read More

Caffe Milano


Caffe Milano is located in the heart of downtown Tucson on Congress Street. The authentic Italian cuisine is prepared fresh daily. The menu features traditional Mediterranean breakfasts, pasta plates, salads, and some of the best panini...  Read More

Tony's Italian Deli


This southeast-side Italian deli is the closest thing you can get to going back east without having to step on a plane. Tony's Italian Deli evokes the classic Brooklyn corner market, serving up some of Tucson's freshest deli cuts and tastiest...  Read More



If you're looking for an unpretentious neighborhood spot in Tucson serving up deliciously good Italian food, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot than Dominick's Real Italian in northwest Tucson. The restaurant offers a wide breadth of...  Read More


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