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 7 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!

Originally Published: July 2, 2021

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Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant  | Lakeland

Scarpa’s offers fresh local seafood and amazing Italian cuisine. The homemade pastas are out of this world and everything is made to order in this family run restaurant.  The ambiance is laid back with a touch of sophistication. This restaurant has been recognized and visited by famous chefs like Emeril Lagassé.  

Bella Bella | Tallahassee

Bella Bella has been around for over a decade. This restaurant is locally owned and family run with delicious home cooking and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Along with their exceptional Italian fare they also have an extensive wine and craft beer selection. 

Adriatico Trattoria Italiana | College Park

You can not get more classic Italian than Adriatico. Here every dish is freshly prepared with only the highest quality ingredients. This restaurant will not disappoint. If you are looking for seafood, an amazing cut of meat, seasonal produce or homemade pasta dishes – they have everything here and it’s homemade. 

Vincenzo Cucina Italiana | Orlando

Vincenzo’s offers an outstanding selection of classic Italian dishes with many of the pastas either homemade or ingredients imported directly from Italy. They offer something for everyone! They also have a great kids menu.  

Cena | Tampa

Cena offers a more trendy modern atmosphere mixed with traditional homemade Italian dishes. It is a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner after a day in the warm florida sun. This restaurant is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Centrally located in Tampa this is a restaurant not to miss!

Donatello Italian Restaurant | Tampa

Donatello serves traditional Italian dishes inspired by all different parts of the country.  You can get a taste of Naples all the way to the Amalfi coast.  The pastas are outstanding! 

Christinis Ristorante Italiano | Orlando

Christinis is a fine dining Italian restaurant with locally sourced and imported ingredients that create an upscale and unforgettable dining experience.  The delicious food, as well as, the inside of this restaurant is an experience in itself. The beautiful interior and carefully selected artwork make for a fantastic dining experience! 


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!