At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Columbus'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 Columbus, we head to Lindey's - a reader favorite - or we count on Florentine Restaurant'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 Short North area.

Basi Italia

Down a narrow street surrounded by private homes, this off-the-beaten-path Italian restaurant lives up to its location by serving creative takes on classic dishes. You won't find red sauce here, instead the husband and wife team of John Dornback...  Read More

Housed in an historic townhouse in German Village, the award-winning G. Michael's is one of Columbus's favorite restaurants. Elegant touches abound in the brick-lined dining room. Feast on seasonal appetizers and entrees that might include steak...  Read More

Florentine Restaurant

The Florentine is a local institution with cozy ambience, a tried-and-true menu, and friendly rapport with customers. Regulars come early for Roman Bread (crusty and brown with butter, garlic and plenty of provolone and Gorgonzola) and, of...  Read More

Martini's Italian Bistro

Start off with one of 18 martinis offered at the window-flanked island bar, then enjoy foccacia dipped in rosemary-infused oil while choosing from a vast wine list and a menu of contemporary Italian specialties. The menu includes wood-fired...  Read More

Upper Arlington

Rigsby's describes itself as "Venice meets Columbus in the heart of the Short North" and indeed this is the place to go for an ever-changing menu of seasonal fare inspired by the cuisine of Italy and the Mediterranean. Sip an aperitif or...  Read More


One of the top draws in charming German Village, Lindey's serves steak and pasta dishes in an elegant atmosphere with views of tree-lined cobblestone streets. Start with calamari and shrimp fritto misto and follow with veal saltimbocca, mushroom...  Read More