10 Best Italian Restaurants in Atlanta: Pizza, Pasta and Amore!

In this carb conscious world we live in, it is often good to forget about all our dieting and indulge in some fantastic pizza and pasta dishes. When the urge to have Italian strikes, there are no shortage of them in Atlanta. You can always count on 10 Best to point you in the direction of the Atlanta's best Italian restaurants. These span price ranges and neighborhoods, so there is sure to be something for everyone in this top 10 Best Italian restaurants list. Whether your preference is for the classics or you prefer a new spin on Italian you are sure to find them in this list. 

If it is a special occasion like an anniversary or an upscale business dinner, look no further than La Grotta or Pricci in Buckhead. However, if you want a more intimate and cozy date spot, 10 Best has got you covered there too. Look no further than La Tavola or Pasta da Pulcinella. No. 246 or Sotto Sotto makes a great option if you have a group dining out. 

We've even got a few spots outside the perimeter worth checking out. Double Zero and Cibo e Beve are new comers in Sandy Springs. They are both good spots for group dining with a modern twist on Italian fare. And if you don't mind a bit of drive, head up to Vingenzo's in Woodstock where many of the house made items are made with ingredients imported from Italy. 


Pasta da Pulcinella


Finding its home in a converted cottage, this established Italian haunt is known for its creative pasta dishes. Buckwheat and semolina noodles are accompanied by a variety of savory sauces – tomato-basil, bolognese and walnut among them. One...  Read More

Double Zero
Photo courtesy of Double Zero/ Heidi Geldhauser


Besides pizza, There were meats and cheeses (build your own charcuterie plate), as well as pastas and full meals. The Roast ($29 of Pork Shoulder with accompanying condiments and Radicchio salad) and Pork Belly with Pumpkin Risotto are two...  Read More

Sandy Springs


Italian for "eat and drink" Cibo e Beve is an intimate restaurant located in Sandy Springs. Besides an interesting take on Italian food, there's also a vibrant list of cocktails. The bar is open late serving pizza and antipasto. Chef Linda...  Read More



Located in Buckhead, this is a sleek and stylish yet comfortable upscale Italian restaurant. Expect to find a broad range of patrons: those on dates, business dinners and those celebrating special events. The open kitchen (complete with...  Read More

Sotto Sotto Cucina Italiana


This popular Virginia Highland restaurant is a top choice for classic pasta dishes served with in a fun and lively atmosphere. Note that seating is rather tight here. This isn't a spot to have a private conversation as most seating is at...  Read More



Owner, Michael Bologna, has been cooking since he was a young boy. Nearly everything in this restaurant is from Italy: the flour, the oven, yep, almost everything. Many of the items are made in house including the mozzarella and sausage....  Read More



Decatur seems to be a small town but has a lot going on. There are fabulous restaurants to be found in this city, one of which is newcomer Italian restaurant, No. 246. The dark wood and beautifully decorated space make you want to linger over...  Read More

La Tavola


An open kitchen and soft lighting add further character to this cozy Virginia Highland restaurant, which is often filled to capacity with loyal regulars. The fantastic Italian cuisine, features delicious salads like beets with apple and a...  Read More

La Grotta Ristorante Italiano


This beautiful Italian restaurant overlooks a lush garden in the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood. Award-winning (consistently voted Best Italian Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine and AA Four Diamond Award recipient for 17 years) northern Italian...  Read More


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