Italian food is arguably some of the most well-known dishes. That’s why it’s no surprise that Edmonton has so many fantastic Italian restaurants! Feel like you’re eating in Italy itself when you dine at one of these favourite destinations across the city.
Italian Restaurants in Downtown Edmonton
1. UccellinoOne of Open Table’s Top Canadian Restaurants in 2018, Uccellino continues to be one of the top places for Italian food. Their modern take on traditional dishes focuses on food that’s in season, so you know you’re always getting something fresh. Can’t decide what to have? They have a tasting menu every night.
Address: 10349 Jasper Ave
2. Corso 32
Corso 32’s traditional Italian dishes are served up with an intimate flare that makes you feel like you’re the most important guest there. It’s easy to see why they have won so many awards – including Avenue’s Best Italian Restaurant. They encourage everyone to order something different and share their meal to sample the most variety you can.
Address: 10345 Jasper Ave
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3. Cibo Bistro
Cibo Bistro (pronounced CHEE-bo) loves to share modern Italian food in a warm, friendly atmosphere with an old-world touch. At just 48 seats, it’s great for an intimate date night or an evening with family. Their aim is to show you just how good a noodle can be when you elevate it the right way.
Address: 11244 104 Ave
Bianco blends the vibe of downtown Edmonton with the traditional atmosphere of an Italian kitchen. They know good food starts with good ingredients and embrace that in every dish. Feeling adventurous? Try the squid ink linguini noodles and an Italian-inspired cocktail.
Address: 120 10020 101 A Ave
5. Cafe Amore Bistro
No matter if it’s surf & turf, homemade gnocchi, or spaghetti with a giant meatball on top, Cafe Amore Bistro does it right. They’re known not just for their delicious pasta, but for the seafood they serve alongside. Don’t forget the specials on Wednesday Date Nights!
Address: 10807 106 Ave NW
Italian Restaurants in East Edmonton
Violino, one of Open Table’s Top 100 Canadian Restaurants in 2019, is found in a 1913 mansion on High Street in Glenora. What better atmosphere could you ask for? They have several set menus they work with, each with its own flavours and traditional fare that will make you feel like you’re deep in the heart of Italy.
Address: 10133 125 Street
2. Ragazzi Italian Bistro
Ragazzi has made a reputation as the place to go for thin-crust pizza. When it first opened it’s doors in the 70s, pizza valore was an immediate favourite, and as the family-owned and operated restaurant made its name on the Edmonton food scene, that love of pizza continued. But that’s not all – you can get a wide range of traditional Italian dishes, plus several gluten-free options.
Address: 8110 82 Ave
3. Pasta BrioniOne of southeast Edmonton’s oldest Italian restaurants, Pasta Brioni is a favourite for many locals, whether it’s for date night or a business lunch. Known for large portions of authentic Italian food, the dishes will have you returning again and again. The lunch menu changes every day, making it easy to try something new.
Address: 7623 Argyll Rd Nw
Italian Restaurants in West End
1. Vivo Restorante
Vivo quickly made a name for themselves on Edmonton’s food scene. Classic rustic food paired with Italian wines showcase just how good an evening can be made with a good meal. Take the time to spend the evening enjoying several courses, from antipasti (appetizers) to primi and secondi courses.
Address: 18325 Lessard Rd
2. Allegro Italian Kitchen
You’ll find a mix of the classic and the contemporary at Allegro Italian Kitchen, and that’s just the way they like it. They put an unique twist on traditional dishes, but make sure to keep flavour at the forefront. View the lunch and the dinner menus online to determine what time of day will be the best fit for you.
Address: 9650 142 Street
Italian Restaurants in Southside
1. Oliveto Trattoria
Family-owned and operated Oliveto Trattoria specializes in keeping things traditional. From the dishes on the menu to how they’re made, they show you classic Italian fare at it’s best. There are different lunch and dinner menus, but both are so extensive, you’re sure to find your next favourite meal.
Address: 500 Riverbend Square NW
2. Vaticano CucinaVaticano Cucina (Vatican’s Kitchen) aims to be much more than a restaurant – they want to give you the whole experience of eating dinner in Italy. From the ambiance to the open kitchen, not to mention the delicious food, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled across the ocean for dinner. Don’t forget that large groups can book brunch by request on weekends!
Address: 10310 45 Ave NW
3. Life Pasta
Life Pizza is perfect for the whole family. They know that good food starts with good ingredients, so they start with the freshest and highest quality ingredients in the kitchen. Life’s tomato bruschetta mix is a definite must try. They’re just as popular for pick up and delivery for days when you don’t want to cook.
Address: 9238 Ellerslie Road
Italian Restaurants in North Side
1. Pasta Pantry
At Pasta Pantry, they help you “get your pasta fasta.” What could be better? They can serve up a quick, but delicious, meal fast whether you’re eating there or taking it home with you. Plus, they’re now open on Sundays, so you can visit all week long.
Address: 1-15705 37 Street NW
2. Acqua Marina Italian Restaurant
Acqua Marina aims to give you the entire Italian dining experience. From the delicious food to the warm greeting when you walk through the door, you’ll feel right at home. Perhaps best known for their pairings of pasta and seafood, the menu has lots of different options to try.
Address: 13578 Fort Rd NW
By: Sarah Chestnutt
Sarah Chestnutt is a freelance writer and editor, working in the field for over 10 years. She calls Edmonton, home and loves to share it’s stories.