1. Del Posto, NYC
85 10th Ave (on the corner of West 16th Street), New York, New York
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Del Posto creates the highest quality dining experience in what is one of the greatest indoor spaces in New York City. Without projecting stilted formality, Del Posto creates an ambiance filled with warmth buoyancy and lightheartedness of the Italian spirit.
2. Mannino’s, Virginia Beach
Oceanfront 3420 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach VA
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Mannino’s has delicious high end Italian food. They also have a great Happy Hour.
3. Graffiato, DC
707 6th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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Graffiato has been covered before for its pizza and open atmosphere that emphasizes socializing with the staff, but they also have mouthwatering dishes like chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, and braised rabbit with lobster mushroom.
4. Scarpetta, NYC
355 W 14th St, New York, New York 10014
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In a Greek revival townhouse on the edge of the Meatpacking District, Chef Scott Conant brings his deft touch and unwavering passion to creating food that is unexpected and soulful.
5. Castiglia’s; Fredericksburg, VA
324 William Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Castiglia’s has been a mainstay in the downtown Fredericksburg restaurant scene for years now. Offering up some of the best Italian food there is including, pizza, calzones, and some great seafood dishes. The best part is the Castiglia family comes directly from Naples, Italy so you know the food is legit.
6. City House; Nashville, TN
1222 4th Ave. N, Nashville, Tennessee 37208
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City house is an authentic Italian restaurant with a delicious and traditional menu. The octopus with escarole is very popular, but if that’s not your thing, try the pork belly pizza!
7. Rigoletto Italian Bakery, Virginia Beach
2181 Upton Dr Suite 414, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Rigoletto Italian Bakery has delightful sweets, warm paninis and rich ravioli.
8. Giannos; High Point, NC
1124 EastChester Drive, High Point, North Carolina
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Giannos offers up some of the best Italian fare in the Triad. Their authentic dishes have garner quite a following in the area and continue to impress!
9. Mangia; Lynchburg, VA
2496 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia 24503
Mangia is a great Italian place with a beautiful atmosphere and live music.
10. Bella’s Restaurant; Charlottesville, VA
707 W Main St Charlottesville, Virginia
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Bella’s is a lovely family style Italian restaurant with delicious food and a romantic atmosphere.
11. Mamma Maria’s; Blacksburg, VA
2025 W Main St, Salem, VA 24153
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The luscious flavors of Italy right in Salem. From zesty salads to mouthwatering pasta to deluxe pizza pies – delight your taste buds with authentic recipes and only the freshest ingredients.
12. Fiola, DC
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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Fiola is an Italian seafood restaurant with some modern American influence. They have exotic dishes like “Potato Agnolotti Of Venetian Whipped Baccala” which is octopus, cod, and clam and a pappardelle dish with wild boar meat sauce and black trumpet mushroom.
13. Isabella’s Italian Trattoria; Lynchburg, VA
4925 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 24503
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Isabella’s has great drinks and even better food. You have to try the roasted oysters.
14. Amerigo Restaurant; Nashville, TN
1920 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
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Amerigo is a locally owned Italian Restaurant offering lunch and dinner daily and a brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Authentic Italian pastas, hand-made pizzas, fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks offer something for everyone at Amerigo. And if your tastes veer towards wine, you’ll find everything from affordable, every day wines to single vineyard varietals from Piedmont to Sicily.
15. Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano; Baltimore, MD
306 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202
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Baltimore’s most celebrated Italian restaurant is also the Zagat Survey’s highest-scoring Italian restaurant in the state of Maryland.
As passionate proponents of locally grown organic produce and seasonal ingredients, they maintain close relationships with farmers, fishmongers and butchers to ensure exceedingly fresh ingredients.
16. Fellini’s #9; Charlottesville, VA
200 W Market St Charlottesville, Virginia
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Fellini’s prides itself on a fun and lively atmosphere, but the food doesn’t take a backseat. Try the ricotta cheesecake.
17. Vito’s Italian Kitchen; Harrisonburg, VA
1039 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Vito’s Italian Kitchen has delicious pizzas with toppings like goat cheese, spinach and breaded eggplant.
18. Leonore Restaurant; Roanoke, VA
128 Campbell Ave SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24011
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At Leonore, they like to keep everything as fresh and homemade as possible from baking their own bread to making their salad dressings from scratch. With a friendly staff and a homemade meal, you wouldn’t want to take your family anywhere else!
19. Deco Ristorante; Richmond, VA
2901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221
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Deco Ristorante is Southern Italian/Sicilian cuisine in an Art Deco inspired setting.Much like the design, the menu at Deco is a contemporary take on traditional cuisine, with a section of Sicilian “street food” such as meatballs with currants and pine nuts, fried rice balls and chickpea fritters.
20. Cinghiale; Baltimore, MD
822 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD 21202
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Cinghiale (ching-GYAH-lay) – “Wild Boar” in Italian – celebrates the richness and style of the Italian table.
Inspired by the energy of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s in chic Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, Cinghiale boasts a lively urban bustle in the Enoteca (Wine Bar), and a comfortable elegance in the formal Osteria (Dining Room). Guests find themselves in a beautiful, yet comfortable space. The cooking is authentic and from the heart; the extensive and award-winning wine list brings the world’s largest wine-making country to life.
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