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Satisfy Your Appetite at the Best Italian Restaurants in Clearwater

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Stuffed shells, eggplant parmesan, and coal fired pizza – we’re craving it all!  Are you looking for Italian restaurants in Clearwater to help you with your craving?   No problem!  There are so many different types of Italian restaurants in Clearwater to choose from, from Italian grocery stores to luxury dining.  

Check out our master guide on the best Italian restaurants in Clearwater and let us know which you are going to visit first!


You can trust us that Cesare’s is soon to be your next favorite neighborhood Italian food spot.  From the outside, you can see their adorable covered patio decorated with floral planters.  The interior is extremely cozy, the perfect place for a date night!  

The food at Cesare’s is completely homestyle classic Italian, with all the comfort food of your dreams.  From appetizers like Burrata to the most delicious Fettuccine Alfredo you’ve ever had, this spot will hit your Italian food craving like no other!

Daily | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📍 794 S Gulfview Blvd Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Johnny’s Italian

If you’re the type to order traditional style pizzas at an Italian restaurant, then you need to check out Johnny’s Italian.  This local bar and restaurant serves some of our favorite pizza and calzones in Clearwater!  Baked directly on the stone for the most delicious texture, their Italian style thin crust pizza is baked to perfection.

Quick tip: Check out their lunch specials to try out some of their Italian classic dishes like Eggplant Parmesan for only $7.45!

Sunday – Thursday | 11AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday | 11AM–10PM

📍 2907 FL-590, Clearwater, FL 33759

Ristorante Acqua Alta

Hidden in a Clearwater shopping mall is Acqua Alta Ristorante, a hole in the wall Italian restaurant serving big flavor in a quaint shop.  Their menu is super unique, offering traditional Italian fare that you might not find at your normal chain restaurant.  Our favorite has to be their Antipasti – with choices like Italian Style Grilled Octopus, with rosemary olive oil, garlic, and fried potatoes.  Yum!

Sunday | Closed
Monday – Wednesday | 4–9PM
Thursday | 11:30AM–9PM
Friday – Saturday | 11:30AM–10PM

📍2454 McMullen Booth Rd suite 205, Clearwater, FL 33759

Granadino's Italian Restaurant

The cravings always hit the hardest at midnight!  Lucky for you, Granadino’s Italian Restaurant is impressively open until 3AM every night.  You’ll definitely want to stop by this local spot for their pastas, pizza, lasagnas, and more!  We love their oven baked specialties, which always taste just like mom used to make.  Their Stuffed Shells are topped with mozzarella cheese and thrown in the oven for that perfect, cheesy crust – our mouths are watering as we speak!

Daily | 11AM–3AM

📍 1840 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765

Forlini’s Restaurant (Clearwater Beach)

If you’re looking for a more upscale ambiance, then Forlini’s should definitely be added to your list.  This is the perfect place to take a date or for a special occasion!  Their contemporary atmosphere is a great setting to enjoy the classic Italian food you love and try a new wine from their huge wine list.

Serving the Clearwater area since 1981, their menu is a total hit with the locals.  From escargot to house made gnocchi, you’ll get to see why Clearwater locals appreciate their fresh ingredients mixed with Italian flavors!

Sunday & Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Saturday | 5–10PM

📍 435 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Al and Stella Authentic Italian Restaurant And Pizzeria

Every meal is better with a view!  On the beautiful patio of Al and Stella, you’ll get a gorgeous view of the water while surrounded by twinkly lights and palm trees.  On your plate, you’ll enjoy their rich and fresh dishes.  Our favorite is their house made delicacies, like their hand made Crab and Lobster Ravioli – which luxuriously comes with a side of black caviar!  The next time you’re looking for a luxury experience on the water, sit back and relax at Al and Stella’s.

Sunday – Thursday | 5–9PM
Friday – Saturday | 5–9:30PM

📍1261 Gulf Blvd #110, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza

Craving Italian food for lunch?  Look no further than Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza!  This spot is home to thin crust pizzas and the best paninis in Tampa Bay.  The secret to their success is their old world style coal oven pizza.  The coal gives you that delicious but not overdone burnt taste on the crust and melts their freshly sliced mozzarella to the perfect temperature.  We recommend checking out their delicious Eggplant Parmesan Panini, all the deliciousness of your favorite dish but in a handheld form!

Sunday – Thursday | 11AM–9:30PM
Friday – Saturday | 11AM–10:30PM

📍 1101 S Ft Harrison Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756

A&N Italian Deli

Sometimes your favorite meal doesn’t come from a fancy restaurant and nothing beats hunger like an Italian sub!  Instead of getting your usual Italian sub from Publix, get one from the experts at A&N Italian Deli.  They even have delicious salads and antipasti to go along with your hot or cold sub!  This has to be one of our favorite spots for lunch in Clearwater, not only for their expertly crafted meals but also for their low prices!   

Quick tip: Don’t skip out on their Italian desserts.  Besides, can you really say no to a cannoli?  

Monday – Friday | 9AM–6PM
Saturday | 9AM–5PM
Sunday | Closed

📍17956 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764

La Trattoria Restaurant Da Gaetano

If you’re looking for a truly old school spot for a weeknight meal, check out the warm and cozy La Trattoria Restaurant.  Relax in their homey setting and feast on their delicious Italian dishes, just like your grandmother used to make! The coolest thing about La Trattoria is their customer service.  If you can’t find anything on the menu that meets your fancy, the chef will create your own personal creation!   It is well worth the experience, so make your way to La Trattoria soon.  

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 5–9PM
Friday – Saturday | 5–9:30PM
Sunday | 5–8PM

📍2152 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698

Gondolier Italian Restaurant and Pizza

Gondolier is a local Italian chain restaurant, perfect for meeting with families and friends!  Their casual interior is reminiscent of a classic diner, but with an Italian twist.  With no nonsense, this spot focuses on homestyle pizzas and entrees, but don’t forget their tempting desserts!  They even have a full breakfast menu when you’re looking for a new spot for a daytime meal.  Check out their delicious Eggs Benedict Florentine for an early protein boost, with sauteed spinach and their savory hollandaise sauce!

Daily | 8AM–11PM

📍674 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Plateroti Italian Gourmet Inc

We’ve searched all around Tampa Bay for the best Italian grocery and we’ve found it!  Plateroti Italian Gourmet has everything you need to chef up your own Italian meal at home, or if you just want to throw it in the oven!  That’s right, this spot serves some amazing frozen Italian meals that you just bake in the oven.  Trust us – these rival any dine-in restaurant!  You need to try their lasagna and don’t forget the Italian wine!

Monday – Saturday | 10:30AM–7PM
Sunday | Closed

📍1621 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33755

Satisfy Your Appetite at the Best Italian Restaurants in Clearwater

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Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.