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Our Favorite Italian Restaurants in Raleigh

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There’s nothing we love more than a warm bowl of pasta or fresh slice of pizza. We’ve toured the triangle in search of the best Italian restos and we’ve rounded up our faves. Lucky for us, Raleigh is home to some amazing family owned Italian restos. Here are the best Italian restaurants in Raleigh!

Time to Mangia!

Vic's Italian Kitchen

Sit down and get ready for old world Italian cuisine. Vic’s Italian Kitchen is all about serving up delicious pizza and pasta in a family environment. You can just taste the love in the food at this family owned and operated resto. With tons of tasty options, there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters here! Our recs? The penne alla vodka and the saltimbocca alla Romana.

City Market

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 331 Blake St

Lake Boone Trail

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 4035 Lake Boone Trail Suite 109

Located right across from Moore Square, Caffe Luna is right in the middle of all the action in downtown. Caffe Luna is the perf resto regardless of whether you’re planning date night, family dinner, or a solo night out. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Friday |  5:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 136 E Hargett St

Feast on Italian-American favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken saltimbuca, and tagliatelle bolongese. Enjoy their interior patio for the perfect date night! Pair your pasta with a nice Italian red and you’ve got the perfect comfort meal. Gravy is all about tradition and you can just taste the love in their dishes. 

Monday |11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday |11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday |11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday |11:00am–9:00pm
Friday |11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 135 S Wilmington St

The coolest thing about Mulino is that you can dine poolside. Yup you read that correctly. Sip on refreshing cocktails and snack on elevated authentic Italian dishes. Featuring simple yet scrumptious cuisine, Mulino provides a grand tour around Italy’s culinary landscape. And no true Italian meal is complete without tiramisu or a cannoli!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 4:00pm–9:00pm

📍 309 N Dawson St

Enjoy Italian classics while dining al fresco on the patio at Tuscan Blu. Start your meal off with the prosciutto di parma e melone and our favorite pasta has to be the penne alla buttera with a creamy pink sauce! This resto will transport you to Italian minus the pricey airfare. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 4:30pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 4:30pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am–2:00pm; 4:30pm–9:00pm
Friday |  11:30am–10:00pm
Saturday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 4:00pm–8:30pm

📍 327 E Davie St #108

We HAD to mention this Western Boulevard staple! Amedeo’s has been feeding Raleigh’s college population since 1963. Try an Amedeo specialty like the pack pasta topped with cajun grilled chicken tossed with broccoli and alfredo sauce before being baked with mozzarella cheese and finished with diced tomatoes. And students on Tuesdays bring your valid student ID for half-price entrees! 

Monday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:30pm

📍 3905 Western Blvd

Looking for something a little more elevated? Head over to Vivace! We recommend starting your meal with the mojito Italiano. Our fave dish? The ricotta gnocchi with smoked chicken, zucchini, basil, and an onion purée; it’s absolutely delish! This is a great spot for catching up with friends and for grabbing a tasty bite while shopping around North Hills. 

Monday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:30am–9:00pm

📍 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd Suite 115

This husband and wife owned and operated business is bringing traditional Italian flavors to Raleigh. Self dubbed as “an extension of Nana’s table,” Bella Monica serves up classic Italian dishes like Mom’s meatball and gravy and chicken parmigiana. Here guests’ are family and the food is all freshly made with the best ingredients, just like Nana. 

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 3121-103 Edwards Mill Rd

Buon Appetito!

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Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Raleigh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.

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