The Ten Best Italian Meals in Berkeley

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 Berkeley. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Berkeley restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Trattoria La Siciliana, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like LoCoco's Restaurant & Pizzeria. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Berkeley - Gourmet Ghetto, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Need a reason to travel across the Bay to Berkeley for your Italian food? If you're staying in San Francisco, it's true that the restaurants of North Beach offer fantastic Italian meals, no argument there. But if you want to eat your pasta in a warmer climate, perhaps one without bone-chilling fog, then Berkeley is your place!



Housed in what was once a stable, Jupiter has taken full advantage of its unusual location by creating a unique modern day Gothic ambience. Pews and Gothic-style chandeliers were scavenged from an old church, bronze-colored pressed tin panels...  Read More

Cheese Board Pizza Collective


They may serve only one variety of pizza each day, always vegetarian, but you can be sure that it will be absolutely incredible. Your main decisions will be whether to get a slice or a whole pie, and whether to eat it there or take it somewhere...  Read More



If you're interested in eating the kind of gourmet, local produce that Alice Waters made famous at Chez Panise - but can't get a reservation there - then Riva Cecina is a wonderful second choice. Executive Chef Massi Boldrini, born and raised in...  Read More



Hidden in full sight in the bustling downtown area right next to the always bustling Berkeley campus, PIQ Cafe is somehow overlooked. But don't let the label of "bakery" fool you - there are Italian selections in this unassuming restaurant that...  Read More



Many restaurants in the Bay Area have garnered national attention by being innovative, just like the techies in silicon Valley. They'll take an old tradition and make it "better," which may or may not work. Corso goes the other way: instead of...  Read More



You can't say you've really experience Berkeley until you've walked down legendary Telegraph Avenue. Site of many of the famous Berkeley protests of the 60's, this iconic street still has many of the odd characters that make Berkeley, well,...  Read More



They don't take reservations, so at peak mealtimes a wait is next to impossible to avoid, but Zachary's deep-dish pizzas are so incredible that you won't mind. They start with a layer of dough, followed by heaps of cheese and your choice of 19...  Read More



Pizza Moda is a great option for those who want delicious Italian food at a reasonable price. Reflecting the youthful vigor of Berkeley, this restaurant has a friendly and open vibe. For those really looking to pinch their pennies, stop by...  Read More

Trattoria La Siciliana


The award-winning Trattoria La Siciliana has quite a loyal following, and fans are particularly fond of the garlicky red sauce. Traditional southern Italian dishes are the specialty, and the pastas are truly wonderful and authentic. Menu...  Read More

LoCoco's Restaurant & Pizzeria


Although it's been around for decades, the popularity of this Sicilian eatery hasn't dwindled a bit, in part because of the colorful personalities of the owners. Menu highlights include cheese cannelloni in a flavorful light tomato sauce, and a...  Read More


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