A night out for a delicious, romantic, and memorable Italian dinner in Florida — is there anything better? Next time you’re on vacation in the Sunshine State, treat yourself to an incredible meal of pasta, veal, vino, and cappuccino. But with so many options for Italian restaurants in Florida, how do you choose? That’s where we come in.

We want to help hungry travelers by sharing our favorite 8 Italian restaurants in Florida. The service, the menu, and the reviews from previous customers put these restaurants over-the-top and onto our list. Bon appetit!

Florida’s Best Italian Restaurants: 2021 Winners

Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant  | Lakeland

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Glenn and Ashley Scarpa, Scarpa’s Italian was conceptualized as drawing inspiration from the past while looking forward towards the Florida coast. The restaurant opened in December of 2013 serving local Florida seafood and Italian classics in a relaxed but refined family environment. The restaurant has continued to grow since its opening with the addition of housemade pastas and a visit by famed chef Emeril Lagassé in 2016 for his show Emeril’s Florida.

Bella Bella | Tallahassee

Locally owned and operated for 14 years, Bella Bella is known for its homemade fresh Italian cuisine. Come join them for lunch or dinner in their cozy dining room or for a glass of wine or a beer. Be sure to check out their new extensive craft beer menu in the “Midtown Vino Room.”

Vinito Restaurante | Orlando

Come experience an award-winning restaurant Vinito Tuscan Grill located at The Premium Outlets. A true indulgence of what you would find in the heart of Italy is why Vinito is here in Orlando. Vinito pairs modern takes on traditional Italian favorites with craft cocktails served at the adjoining Bar Vinito.

Adriatico Trattoria Italiana | College Park

Vincenzo Cucina Italiana | Orlando

Vincenzos offers an exceptional dining experience in an upscale atmosphere with a casual vibe located in the heart of I-drive Orlando. Known as the premier Italian Restaurant for locals, Families, Celebrities, Conventions, Private events, and Romantic evenings.

Their food represents traditional Italian cuisine with modern accents. Their goal was to bring Italy to Orlando and to provide an outstanding experience that will keep guests coming back. Their menu ranges from Imported cured meats & cheeses, to house-made and imported Italian pastas, Prime Seafood, Steaks, Kids Menu & Full Bar. They have an exclusive selection of Italian & California wines.

Cena | Tampa

Great ingredients, traditional dishes, and attentive service, Cena is dining from the roots. Cena is a modern, fresh and simple Italian food served in a contemporary and stylish setting. Located in the Grand Central building at the heart of the vibrant Channel District of Tampa, Florida.

Donatello Italian Restaurant | Tampa

It’s the details like Hand-Made Pasta Every day, that sets Donatello apart. Donatello’s fine cuisine is derived mostly from Italy and the northern style of cooking, but also features traditional dishes that range as far south as Naples and the Amalfi coast. Such dishes include: Calamari Amalfitama; chilled calamari dressed in a flavorful olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and parsley dressing. Capelli al Pomodoro; traditional tomato and basil sauce over angel hair pasta. Medallion Napoletana; twin beef tenderloin medallions seared to tempature and topped with a garlic and oregano marinara sauce.

Christinis Ristorante Italiano | Orlando

Christinis Ristorante Italiano is one of the most awarded restaurants in the country and the owner and chef, Chris Christini, was named restaurateur of the year. As the owner and creator of  all of the recipes, Mr. Christini has the unique advantage of knowing every aspect of running fine dining restaurants.

This shows in the attention to detail in this world renowned Orlando fine dining Italian restaurant. Every painting and antique was chosen by Mr. Christini personally. Each ingredient in every dish is selected using the highest standards. Even the olives and olive oil are flown in from his farms in Europe.

Come see for yourself why Christinis is thought of as the best Italian restaurant in Orlando, Florida.

Jen Robertson
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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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