The 5 Best Italian Restaurants In Richmond, VA
Italian food is a classic, a staple around the world, and a comfort food for many. As one of the most popular types of ethnic restaurants there is, how could anybody possibly choose their favorite? The truth is that sometimes you can’t, but that won’t stop us from trying! So here they are, 5 of our favorite Italian restaurants in Richmond.
8 1/2 is an Italian takeout spot from the owners of Mamma Zu. Make that two takeout spots, as they opened a second 8 1/2 in Church Hill to complement the location in The Fan (and we are so glad they did, because it is a consistent favorite on our Church Hill Food Tour)! Known for their pizzas (both red and white) and hearty pasta dishes, you’ll know you’re in the right place by the intoxicating smell of good food wafting out the door.
This authentic Italian spot hides in plan sight on Main St. in the Fan, its small neon blue sign one of the only indications of its existence. But step inside Bacchus, and be pleasantly overwhelmed by the smell of freshly baked rolls, pan-seared meats, and abundant olive oil. We recommend literally any of the pasta dishes.
This VCU-area restaurant is beloved by many in the Richmond region. The ambience is that of a bustling Italian neighborhood favorite – a little noisy, a lot of character, and heaping dishes served family-style. Of course, you can’t go wrong with anything squid (it’s literally in the name), but everything on the menu at Edo’s is authentically excellent.
Showcasing the best in Northern Italian cuisine, La Grotta moved from its longtime home in Shockoe Bottom to Broad Street downtown. But don’t let its location inside a hotel turn you away – this is the real deal. Chef/owner Antonio was born in Italy, attended culinary school at age 15, and has been cooking ever since.
On that note, we can’t talk about the best Italian restaurants without bragging about Mamma Zu. In fact, if you polled Richmonders on their favorite restaurant, you’d hear this name a lot, and it’s one of the few places that can live up to such high expectations. Be prepared to wait in line, and then be amazed by how everything you order competes to be your favorite dish.
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