At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Detroit'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 Detroit, we head to Bacco Ristorante - a reader favorite - or we count on Giovanni's Ristorante'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 Dearborn area.

D'Amato's Neighborhood Restaurant


Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine is enjoyed by young professionals and the young-at-heart of any age at this lively restaurant. Appetizers include lamb chops, poached salmon ravioli and beef carpaccio. The entrée menu features...  Read More

Giovanni's Ristorante


A local favorite, this long-standing Italian restaurant was rebuilt after a disastrous fire destroyed the original building. Amazingly, each detail has been recreated, including the dining room's carved woodwork and the stainless steel kitchen....  Read More

220 & Edison's


Great for networking with members of the Motor City's young, hip business crowd, this suave downtown bistro-bar is a prime place to meet for a few drinks after work or some good "pre-theater" pasta (a movie theater is adjacent to the...  Read More



A charming restaurant and lounge that features live music seven nights a week, Picano's offers diners the chance to enjoy a fine, homemade meal in an elegant yet relaxed setting. The chef, whose pasta dishes are immensely popular with regulars,...  Read More



Renowned for its gracious welcome, fine food, and excellent press, Bacco is proudly named after the Roman god of wine. Murals dedicated to the profligate deity distinguish the dining room, promising certain pleasure in food and drink. The menu...  Read More

Ristorante Café Cortina


Subdued and enveloping, with curved brick walls and wood paneling, this esteemed restaurant gains added warmth from carefully placed ambient lighting. It's a soothing place for a meal of delicious northern Italian fare, ably prepared and...  Read More

La Dolce Vita


La Dolce Vita revels in anonymity. A blank green wall fronts Woodward Avenue, and it's only the bevy of luxury vehicles parked around back that give any indication of the culinary delights inside. Expect the calamari to be delicately fried to a...  Read More

Wayne State Area
Mario's Restaurant


Open since 1948, Mario's is full of the character expected from an old-school Italian restaurant. Elegant white table cloths and tuxedoed wait staff greet diners upon entrance. Mario's time-tested entrées are unpretentious and full of flavor...  Read More

Grosse Pointe
Bucci Ristorante


Chef Bujar Mamuslari (aka "Bucci") has been a friendly face in his restaurant's kitchen for years. Diners can watch the chef at work from the granite-topped bar overlooking the kitchen as they sip on martinis. The white linen tablecloths offset...  Read More