These 10 Italian Restaurants Will Have You Saying "Delizioso"



Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes and nothing will satisfy until you get it.  It happens to us all the time, so we've tried our fair share of Italian restaurants in Greenville.  While our veritable "tour of Italy" wasn't a tough mission to take on, the task of distilling our favorite spots into a list of 10 eateries was difficult.

In the end, we settled on a mix of downtown dining spots, like Luna Rosa and Trattoria Giorgio, and what we've dubbed our strip mall stars.  Take it from us, there is some excellent Italian food to be found in strip mall restaurants such as Giovanni's and Napoli.  In fact, half of the restaurants on this list are located in small shopping centers.

Regardless of the location, we encourage you to try the amazing restaurants on this list and expand your Thursday night Italian routine.  Oh, just us?  We're the only ones who have that weekly ritual?  Oh, well.  You might consider making that a part of your rotation too.  It's really fun.



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Trio Brick Oven Cafe


 

Gas lanterns, high ceilings, chunky wood seating and exposed brick walls establish a casual, intimate atmosphere at this Main Street mainstay. It's often filled with diners in the mood for well-prepared, affordable fare. Wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas get lots of attention, as do rotisserie chicken, gourmet sandwiches and flavorful salads. Two dozen wines are available by the glass, making it possible to sample several during the course of a meal.


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Cucina 100 is a hidden gem located in charming downtown Fountain Inn. About a 30-minute drive from downtown Greenville, you won't be sorry you made the trip. The service is always impeccable and there's something on the menu for everyone, whether you crave pizza or pasta. You'll be started out with fresh-baked bread alongside olive oil for dipping, which you can enjoy as you peruse the menu.There are several pizzas to choose from as well as salads and pasta specialties. While it's not the most authentic Italian food you'll find in the Upstate, it's certainly some of the best.


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Northern Italian cuisine is the delicious specialty of this warm, friendly restaurant. Try veal scallopini prepared in marsala sauce with porcini mushrooms, or go vegetarian with spinach and walnut ravioli in cream sauce. All pastas are prepared on the premises, a welcome nod to quality and attention. The dining room is elegantly casual, and patio dining is available if the weather is cooperative.


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Haywood Road
Portofino's


 

Candlelight and a subdued decor lend a certain romance to this Italian eatery. A good wine list adds to the comfortable atmosphere. The menu presents a number of tempting dishes including spaghetti classica, eggplant parmigiana and veal scallopini. Accompanying all of these entrees are a refreshing salad and fantastic garlic rolls. An excellent choice for a relaxing dinner, as well a good option for the whole family.


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Ristorante Bergamo


 

A pale, shining environment only serves to highlight the exceptional northern Italian cuisine served at Bergamo's. Always prepared with the freshest ingredients, this is some of the best Italian in the Upstate. Pastas, steaks and seafood are satisfying and robust. Salads and antipasti showcase a medley of flavors, and the simple desserts perfectly complete the richness of a good meal. Definitely one to try.


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Located in a small shopping center on Woodruff Road, there's more than meets the eye at Napoli Pizzeria and Restaurant. With an expansive menu of Greek-Italian cuisine, there's more than enough to please any palate. Offering pasta dishes, Italian casseroles and some of the best pizza in Greenville, you'll find that Napoli is quite unique. While the menu is indeed massive, each item is executed with a special attention to detail. In nicer weather, enjoy the outdoor patio, strung with cafe lights and bordering a vine-covered arbor.


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The first thing you notice when entering this small, sleek eatery is its length of refrigerated cases, packed full of swirling, pastel mounds of gelato. It's an appealing greeting. Invariably, there's a line of eager customers sampling the bounty and waffling about which flavor they'll limit themselves to. The luscious array of gelati, however, belies the kitchen's skill with other foods, and their panini, pizza and pasta are excellent. Your best bet? Stop in for a meal, and cap the event with a well-packed serving of gelato.


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Augusta Road


 

Delighting Greenville locals with their meticulously prepared entrees and expansive wine collection, Davani's has become one of Greenville's best Italian restaurants. Located on Augusta Road, patrons flock to Davani's to partake in Italian and French influenced meals complemented by upstanding service and an inviting environment. Trying to impress a foodie? Take them here for a sample of the veal Oscar or the Muscovy duck, both outstanding dishes. Using local ingredients and the freshest seafood around, Davani's offers guests a bite of genuinely delicious food.


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Woodruff Road
Giovanni's


 

In the mood for a cozy little Italian place with good food and the sort of quirkiness that can often be the hallmark of family-owned places? Then brave Woodruff Road and search out this tucked-away eatery, set in a strip mall. Meals are leisurely, and they're as convenient for a family as for date night. If the menu doesn't offer something you've been craving, ask if they'll make it for you. They're usually happy to accommodate and are always intent on pleasing diners. Again, a perk of independent places.


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