10 Best Italian Restaurants, Cafes, and Sandwich Shops in Buffalo, NY

Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Buffalo, a city with a large history of Italian culture and heritage. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Buffalo restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Salvatore's Italian Gardens, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like San Marco Ristorante. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Buffalo - Downtown, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Buffalo has always had a strong Italian community, and each July, the nation's second largest Italian heritage and food festival is held on Hertel Avenue. Outside of Hertel, there are many top-notch Italian restaurants, including the recently-opened Tappo, a trend-setting space in a downtown historic building. For something a little more casual, try Marco's Italian Deli for mouthwatering Italian subs, or Romeo and Juliet's Bakery and Cafe for the best pizza in the city.

We've narrowed down our list to bring you the 10 best Italian restaurants, cafes, and sandwich shops in the Buffalo area. With any one of these establishments, you'll feel like you are dining in Italy!



This Hertel Avenue cafe serves up delicious paninis, baked goods, and classic Italian entrees like lasagna and eggplant parmigiana. However, they are best known for their thin-crust, chewy pizzas like the Margherita, Quattro Formaggi, or...  Read More



Known for its famous pasta sauce, Chef's has offered the neighborhood Italian classics since the 1920s. Menu items range from the Tuscany grilled chicken salad to vegetable lasagna to veal parmesan served with freshly baked bread. In addition,...  Read More



Enjoy superb Italian dining in a delightfully flamboyant ambiance at this renowned restaurant. The classic menu features such favorites as osso buco, marsala, and rollitini, along with rack of lamb, Maine lobster, and roast Long Island duckling....  Read More



As part of the Aroma group, which includes three additional restaurants in the Western New York area, Trattoria Aroma offers a five-star dining experience and products from local farms. At this inviting dining room, patrons enjoy tasty, aromatic...  Read More

Airport - Zrd


Housed in a soft blue home accented with red shutters, this neighborhood favorite near the University of Buffalo at Amherst offers tasty, Italian-inspired eats. With delicious pastas like sundried tomato ravioli served with fresh Italian bread...  Read More

Hertel Avenue


Another favorite on Hertel Avenue, Ristorante Lombardo continues to develop its menus each year to ensure they are serving authentic cuisine with a variety of options. Dark wood accents, white linen table clothes and natural light grace this...  Read More

Tappo Restaurant
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With a wine list that features 41 different bottles for under $15, Tappo is encouraging residents and visitors to savor the Italian dining experience in downtown Buffalo. At newly-opened Tappo, edgy decor like mood lighting around the bar...  Read More



Opened in 1965, this reliable eatery in Hamburg, New York (just south of Buffalo) specializes in homestyle Italian cuisine. Dig into some cheesy garlic bread, mozzerella sticks or fried zucchini before starting a hearty main course of pizza,...  Read More



With more than 25 years experience operating restaurants in Buffalo, Mark Sciortino has established a loyal following at each of his five locations. At Marco's Italian Deli, the chef coined the term "sangwich," for their fresh, flavorful...  Read More

San Marco Ristorante


Superb Northern Italian cuisine inspired by Tuscan and Venetian flavors highlights the seasonal menu at this quiet, elegant restaurant. After moving to Buffalo from Italy, owners Grimaldi and his then fiancee, Nancy, opened San Marco. The...  Read More


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