Buon Appetito! Check Out These Italian Restaurants Around Riverside

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Sometimes you want the real thing. But, don’t worry. Riverside has it! This neighborhood has a diverse community and it shows in their wide ranges of restaurant cuisine. If you want some real, authentic Italian food, you’ll find lots of establishments with this specific cuisine near Riverside. You can have everything from pasta to the most delicious pizza pies in Florida!

Here are the top six Italian restaurants near Riverside. 

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Primi Piatti

Primi Pratti is hands down, one of the best Italian restaurants near Riverside. Yes, we think that highly of it! People love coming here for authentic Italian food all of the time and we have no been disappointed ourselves. We love their pasta, and their mussels served with their special red sauce is amazing! Their menu is also vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Be aware that the menu also includes gluten-free options! 

Tuesday-Thursday | 11AM-2PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM

Friday | 11AM-2PM, 5:30PM-10PM

Saturday | 5:30PM-10PM

Sunday & Monday | Closed

📍 2726 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205

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Carmines Pie House

You haven’t had a real pie until you’ve had one of Carmine’s pies! They sell their pizzas pie the slice and you can get New York Thin or Chicago Stuffed Crust! You get the choice of many different toppings and you can’t go wrong with any of them! Mix it up and try veggies AND fruits in your pizza. If you prefer a smaller item for yourself, they also sell calzones and Stromboli that are bursting with lots of flavors! 

Carmines Pie House’s menu also has sub sandwiches and paninis as well! 

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM

Friday & Saturday | 11AM-10PM

📍  2677 Forbes St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

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La Cena Ristorante

La Cena Ristorante is not your average Italian restaurant. Yes, they specialize in Italian cuisine, but there are some menu items here you might not find at any old restaurant! Ever have Marechiaro? It’s a delicious pasta dish, and it has the perfect amount of spice! This Italian restaurant also has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options! Along with the food, the service is exceptional and we absolutely love how the chefs put their love for food into every bite!

Tuesday-Saturday | 5PM-11PM

Sunday & Monday

📍 911 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205

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Ale Pie House

Notice a pattern? You can’t try authentic Italian cuisine without having a real. Italian pie! Ale Pie House is a special place near Riverside. They sell New York Thin Pies and Chicago Stuffed Pizza with gooey cheese and tasty toppings. Our go-to is the Meat Veggie Fruit Pie. It comes with ham, tomato, beef, black olives, pineapple, bacon, spinach, red onions, and more! If you want a veggie-friendly pie, try the Vegetarian Pie. It’s topped with fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, eggplant, and more delicious toppings. Ale Pie House doesn’t stop at pies, but also sells Stromboli and wraps! 

Monday-Thursday | 10:30AM-9:30PM

Friday & Saturday | 10:30AM-10:30PM

Sunday | 11AM-9PM

📍 3951 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

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Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar

Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar has an incredible menu. This includes brunch and dinner! We love the dinner portions. They have a pretzel baked brie with fig jam. It’s a savory combination and perfect as a small appetizer. What really caught our attention is the Barrique pizza! The smell of fresh ricotta is heavenly, and the basil adds the perfect touch. But wait…it’s not just any old pizza. It has sliced meatballs on top! 

Monday | 3PM-10PM

Tuesday-Thursday | 3PM-8PM

Friday | 11AM-9PM

Saturday | 10AM-9PM

Sunday | 10AM-5PM

📍 3563 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

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Mateo’s has a range of different foods, but we are impressed by their pizza for sure! The Veggie Pie is our favorite. We love that it has bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions! Not only this, but it’s drizzled with a balsamic sauce. Mateo’s sells other foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches, cheesesteaks, quesadilla burgers, and more. Customers love the “Build your own Burger or Dog” menu. You should try it. The andouille sausage dog is so good! 

Thursday | 3PM-8PM

Friday | 3PM-10PM

Saturday | 1PM-10PM

Sunday | 12PM-5PM

Monday-Wednesday | Closed

📍 2670 Rosselle St #7, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Top 6 Italian Restaurants Near Riverside

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Eboni Gray

Eboni Gray

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