At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Charlotte'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 Charlotte, we head to Portofino's - a reader favorite - or we count on Mama Ricotta's'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 Uptown area.

Vivace - Charlotte


Enjoy a gorgeous view of the city from the Vivace patio while sipping a near perfect glass of Chianti, or dine inside and be awed by the restaurant's contemporary architecture and stunning red chandelier lamps. While the beautiful building is...  Read More

Aria Tuscan Grill


Offering a mix of old-world cuisine and Italian favorites, Aria Tuscan Grill leaves customers feeling like they've just visited their Italian grandmothers' kitchens. Diners rave about the Caramelized Gnocchi as well as the Steamed Mussels,...  Read More



From the Venetian glass and marble floors to the delectable bounty from the kitchen, this European dining room offers luxury and old-world charm. Complimentary Italian bread and white beans in olive oil are served at the beginning of meal, as...  Read More



Lovely Murano glass and original artwork enhance this restaurant, located in the base of the Hearst tower, and an outdoor patio provides additional dining. From luscious starters such as mozzarella layered between fresh tomatoes, basil and olive...  Read More

Park Road


This popular spot boasts a family-friendly atmosphere and fabulous Italian fare. Start off with garlic bread with cheese and perhaps the mussels marinara. With over 15 pastas available and a variety of specialty dishes, dinner offers quite the...  Read More



Outfitted with an open kitchen and bar, this Italian dining room offers a delightfully authentic atmosphere. Delicately prepared risottos, pastas, fish and meat dishes, as well as pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven, have led Charlotte natives...  Read More



One of the best values in Charlotte, Mama Ricotta's pleases with Italian fare that includes minestrone, aromatic garlic rolls, a large, fresh salad bowl for the table and Italian classics. Pasta lovers shouldn't miss the penne a la vodka and...  Read More