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The 'Old Country' is Calling You



Italian food is continually rooted in old world charm, with a touch of unique recipes that will surely have you and your friends googly-eyed over the meal that you will be dazzled with when you take a seat at one, or all 10 of these Italian restaurants. If you have a love for taking in the beauty of home-made cooking then look no further than Casa Mia's, Zappi's Pizza & Subs, Napoli's Ristorante or Carpaccio's. This top 10 list was created to ensure you have everything you need to find that perfect Italian restaurant you have been waiting for. Be swept away by the Tuscan sun as you walk into Casa Vostra, or take in the beauty of the perfect Gelateria at The Italian Ice Cream Shop. No matter which restaurant you choose on this top 10 list you will certainly be entwined in a whole lot of traditional Italian recipes. Some of these recipes have been in the restaurant owners families for centuries. So of course it is up to you as to which Italian restaurant you choose to dine at tonight, but just remember each of these restaurants are unique in their own right and will provide you with the up most Italian dining experience that you have been waiting for all the while planning your vacation to Niagara Falls. With a large Italian community in Niagara Falls and The Niagara Region it is no wonder why the food is so good here, there are generations, upon generations of Italians that have stepped foot in Niagara Falls and are ready to showcase just how magical a place Italy really is.


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Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill


Step into the 'old country' when you walk into Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill & Restaurant. Not only will you feel like family here, but you will also be able to enjoy a whole lot of home-made Italian cooking at this spot. With an extensive menu, you may sway your order between one of the many delicious plates Johnny Rocco's serves up daily. The wood oven pizzas are a sure hit and with a very reasonably priced menu, this is the perfect spot to take the whole family. And of course if you take the whole family you will certainly feel as if you are at your kitchen table as The Johnny Rocco's team makes you feel like family the second you walk into their doors.

Local Expert tip: Tappa's are every Thursday night, a perfect way to explore Johnny Rocco's menu, and of course a good way to spend the night with some good friends.

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Mick & Angelo's Eatery & Bar
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Mick & Angelo's is certainly a local favourite when dabbling into the party market, Italian style. With a large dining area, a spacious bar and outdoor patio, this is the perfect spot for you to take some time to enjoy the day or evening with a few friends or family. Take in the home-cooked wonderful-ness that Mick & Angelo's serves up on a daily basis. The eggplant parmigiana, pizza and fettuccine carbonara are sure favorites among locals. If you're looking for a unique twist on the average appetizer enjoy the stuffed mushrooms, they certainly are the perfect appetizer while watching a soccer game or two at the bar here. Enjoy a plethora of memories to be shared here.

Local Expert tip: With parking right on sight, and a deliciously large menu, this is the perfect spot for larger groups. If you have a birthday coming up, book a room at Mick & Angelo's to take in a good old home-cooked Italian meal.

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Mama Mia's is the perfect spot if you are ready to be taken back many centuries and enjoy a perfect Italian meal. Having been in business for over 25 years, Mama Mia's is quick to ensure there guests are not only looked after, but that the ingredients used in every dish are the up most best in quality. Feel as if you are in a classical Italian household when you enter Mama Mia's and leave completely satisfied, as if your Nonna just prepared you the best meal ever. If you have little ones this spot is perfect as there is an extensive kids menu that are the little ones will love. And if you are passionate about wine, well so are Italians, and thus Mama Mia's has an extensive wine list to choose from.

Local Expert tip: Book reservations to Mama Mia's online today to ensure you get the best spot in the house, as you indulge in a whole lot of perfect Italian cuisines.

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Zappi's Pizza & Subs


With an abundance of pizza places in Niagara Falls it certainly is a struggle to develop that unique pizza that will have all flocking to your spot. At Zappi's Pizza & Subs, The Zappitelli family has certainly kept the tradition of pizza alive in Niagara Falls. Come to Zappi's to not only take in the good old Italian home-made pizza creating going on in the kitchen but to feel as though you are sitting at your grandmas kitchen table waiting for her pizza to crisp up. This is the quintessential spot for a perfect pizza.

Local Expert tip: If you feel like staying in tonight, go onto Zappi's menu where you can order online, and with delivery in Niagara Falls you can cuddle up with a good bottle of wine and a mouthwatering pizza at your side.

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Of course when you think about Italian food, many of us think of the glorious end of the meal when we get to experience sheer bliss all the while enjoying an scoop or two of Italian Ice Cream. This gelateria is the perfect spot for you to enjoy a nice Italian treat as you pursue the streets of Niagara Falls and take in the beauty the city has to offer. With 25 different flavors, my suggestion is to order the large, so you can test out just how many unique gelato flavors you can combine. Take your pick at a plethora of gelato's served up daily.

Local Expert tip: The Italian Ice Cream shop is now serving panini's, so if you're looking for a light, yet delicious meal, a panini from here is a perfect choice.

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Antica Pizzeria
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Dive into delicious individual thin-crust pizzas that will certainly have you coming back a few times while on vacation in Niagara Falls. What The Mascia Family has done to Antica's Pizzeria is they have created a place where you are treated like family all the while tasting some of their most unique wood-oven pizzas. It's not every day that you feel at home while dining at a restaurant in Niagara Falls and thus if you and the family are looking for a delicious thin-crust, wood oven pizza or you and your buddies want to catch the game, Antica's is the place to go. With perfect Italian pizza making skills, Antica truly shows its guests just how to make the perfect pizza.

Local Expert tip: With a newly renovated dining area Antica's certainly has made a name for itself. Be sure to come early if you are planning a large gathering as there is always a long line up at this prized restaurant!

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Napoli Ristorante & Pizzeria


At Napoli Ristorante there mantra is "he who eats well, lives well", and when you leave this restaurant you will certainly have eaten very well. The menu is filled to the brim with delicate home-made Italian recipes finished the perfect way. The atmosphere is ever so elegant and intimate, this is the perfect spot for a first date or dinner with loved ones. From the second you enter Napoli's you will feel like family with its welcoming staff and old world charm. Using only the freshest ingredients Head Chef, Andrea Falone, is all about ensuring the meals are rooted in traditional Italian cuisine, with a whole lot of passion placed in each dish.

Local Expert tip: The Antipasto Misto is the perfect dish to order to start the meal off. With Feliciano's house cured prosciutto, capicolla, sausage and assorted Italian cheeses, this is the perfect appetizer to share.

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Casa Vostra
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Casa Vostra is not only a local favourite, is a place for you to come to step into a world far, far away. If you have ever wanted to vacation to Tuscany, then this is the restaurant for you. Be welcomed with open arms with not only the freshest Italian ingredients, but unique displays of just how wonderful Italian cooking is. Chef Angelo is ready to take you on a Tuscan food ride like never before. With an extensive menu the food will surely take you back to a simpler time, Italian style.

Local Expert tip: Weekends fill up very quickly, so be sure to call ahead and book a reservation for this famous local and tourist Italian restaurant.

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Carpaccio Restaurant & Wine Bar
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If you are looking for the perfect Italian restaurant in Niagara Falls, well look no further than Carpaccio's Restaurant and Wine Bar. With a contemporary rich style, this restaurant continually serves up a delicious plethora of home-cooked goodness. If you are looking to dabble into the massive wine list, well then head on over to the bar or take a seat in the restaurant itself and enjoy a bottle or two of some of the best wines. Enjoy a plethora of Italian dishes at Carpaccio's with a contemporary twist. This is a spot you will truly want to come back to more than once all the while on your vacation in Niagara Falls.

Local Expert tip: While dinning at Carpaccio's be sure to ask your waiter which wine he or she prefers with the dish you ordered. With an extensive wine list highlighting Italian and local wineries the waiter will surely give you some insight into the best of the best pairing.

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Casa Mia Restaurant


Casa Mia's is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants in town. As a family-owned establishment, the owners and staff at Casa Mia's will make you feel like family the second you walk into the sophisticated restaurant. With dishes that are ever so mouth-watering, such as veal scappopini with lemon sauce, fresh home-made gnocchi and daily catch's of the day, you will want to devour everything in sight. With an ever so extensive wine list, pair your dinner with the perfect wine and feel as though you are back in the old-country with a modern twist.

Local Expert tip: If you love a wonderful fresh tomato sauce, order the Fettucinni Pomodoro. It certainly is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

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