Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Minneapolis's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Minneapolis. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like al Vento or tell you that Zelo gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

Eden Prairie

Just a few minutes southwest of Minneapolis, this snazzy Italian restaurant specializes in outstanding pastas, salads, pizzas, and poultry. Catch a glimpse of the chefs at work in the open kitchen as they prepare balsamic-glazed short ribs and...  Read More

Il Gato

Il Gatto, one of Minneapolis's trendier restaurants, is just the place to brush shoulders with a well-heeled crowd. Famous for its hand-spun pizzas, oak-grilled steaks and fresh pastas, Il Gatto promises incredible, rustic fare. They also stock...  Read More

Ciao Bella

Sister restaurant of Zelo, Ciao Bella is a trendy, smartly decorated eatery that's quite popular at lunch and dinner with the business crowd. The moody restaurant features sensous curves, exposed brick, wrought iron, and bold design elements,...  Read More


Zelo successfully brings the scintillating atmosphere, tastes, and aromas of Northern Italy to downtown Minneapolis. The sophisticated restaurant's rich, dramatic interior is marked by bold bronze and black tones, intimate booths, and a trendy...  Read More

Loring Park

If you're in the mood for family-style Italian food, hit Loring Park's Buca di Beppo. Inside, colorful dining areas feature a wide range of eccentric statues and paintings. For dinner, try a homemade, Italian sausage and pepperoni-topped Supremo...  Read More


Hearty southern Italian cuisine comes to South Minneapolis in this cozy restaurant. Yellow-gold paint and whimsical decorative touches create an intimate, welcoming space. Octopus with saffron potato and citronette makes for an unexpected...  Read More

South Minneapolis

Whether you're looking for an on-the-go sandwich for lunch or a leisurely, first-date dinner, Prima is a wise choice. Locals rave about the deli sandwiches, piled high with choice meats and accompaniments like brie and spinach. Pastas take...  Read More

Southwest Minneapolis
Broders' Pasta Bar

Pasta, as an art form? It certainly is that way at Broders' Pasta Bar. The 21 varieties of pasta and risotto are made fresh, daily. Not only that, each dish is prepared with individually sautéed herbs and garlic. The atmosphere is casual and...  Read More