At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Victoria's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in Victoria, we head to II Terrazzo Ristorante - a reader favorite - or we count on Cafe Brio's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.



Warm terra cotta tones, candlelight and hardwood floors make for an intimate dining experience at this Tuscan-inspired Italian restaurant. The menu changes daily according to the fresh produce and seafood available. For an appetizer, try...  Read More

II Terrazzo Ristorante


This bustling restaurant offers some of Victoria's best Northern Italian cuisine. Thanks to a covered terrace and five outdoor fireplaces, it's possible to enjoy your meal al fresco no matter what the weather. The excellent appetizers include...  Read More

Elk Lake / Cordova Bay
Med Grill
Photo courtesy of Med Grill


With wrought iron accents, a fireplace, and lots of plants, the Med Grill has a stylish air that's decidedly popular. Adding to the overall pleasantness is confident and good-humored service. Food is the crowning touch. Artistically plated,...  Read More



The bustle and energy at Pagliacci's is non-stop. This New York-style Italian restaurant is a favorite among locals. The cuisine is traditional southern Italian, including knock-your-socks-off ravioli and luscious veal parmigiana. You'll also...  Read More

Black Olive


The lively flavors of the Mediterranean complement Pacific Northwest produce admirably, and the Black Olive proves that fact quite deftly. Appetizer choices are interesting – try mushroom duxelle wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry with red pepper...  Read More

North Victoria
Romeo's Place


Locally owned and operated since 1974, this casual family-friendly restaurant is a good choice for virtually any occasion. The local and regional press regularly deems Romeo's the best Vancouver Island pizza and granted, the pizza is awesome,...  Read More

Ali Baba Pizza


Regularly voted best pizza on Vancouver Island, this two-for-one joint does indeed have impressive pies. Try the Barcelona (chorizo, feta, spinach, roasted garlic, onions), the Chipotle (roasted chicken, green peppers, red onions, spicy chipotle...  Read More

Fernwood / Hillside
San Remo


Greek and Italian favorites comprise a rather extensive menu that also features pizza and a handful of sandwiches. Pastas are excellent and varied; steaks, seafood and chicken are generally grilled and topped with lovely sauces and sautéed...  Read More



At lunch Zambri's is a super-casual buffet style restaurant with good pastas and salads, but at night, it's a whole different story. Dinner is an upscale sit-down affair where house-made sausages, marinated octopus and other Italian delicacies...  Read More

Inner Harbour


Tuscan Italian meets a mix of Mediterranean and Spanish tastes at this charming traditional bistro. Featuring a beautiful centerpiece chandelier, the dining room is elegant and warm. Share a romantic dinner or a good time with friends by...  Read More