The Best Italian Restaurant in Every State
The dream? To live in Italy and eat nothing but red wine pasta for the rest of our lives. But since that probably isn’t happening any time soon, we’re scouring the country for the best pizza, pasta and tiramisu the U.S. has to offer, with help from our friends at Yelp. Presenting the top-rated Italian restaurant in every state. (Warning: Don’t read while hungry.)
Alabama: Trattoria Centrale
Brunch pasta with an egg on top? Don’t mind if we do.
207A 20th St. N., Birmingham; 205-202-5612 or trattoriacentrale.com
Alaska: CampoBello Bistro
It’s all about the seafood at this Anchorage favorite—order the fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp.
601 W. 36th Ave., Anchorage; 907-563-2040 or campobellobistro.com
Arizona: Tommy’s Place
We like our baked clams served with a side of live music.
2827 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix; 602-368-6113 or tmpaz.com
Arkansas: Café Amoré
The lasagna is big enough for two, but sorry, we’re not sharing.
2070 E. Van Buren, Eureka Springs; 479-253-7192 or cafeamorearkansas.com
Colorado: La Forchetta Da Massi
Pueblo’s best-kept secret. There’s nothing like the osso buco on a cold winter’s night.
126 S. Union Ave., Pueblo; 719-253-0126 or www.yelp.com/biz/la-forchetta-da-massi-pueblo
Connecticut: Café Silvium
We’re dreaming of this cavatelli with broccoli rabe, sausage, garlic and EVOO.
371 Shippan Ave., Stamford; 2013-324-1651 or cafesilviumct.com
It’s a salad, so it must be healthy, right? (Right?)
1836 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington; 302-656-1362 or scalessas.com
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, as long as you eat it on the gorgeous patio.
264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 786-452-0068
Georgia: Italy’s Pizza & Pasta
This takeout joint makes a mean pepperoni.
2590 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford; 770-932-7121 or italyspizzapasta.com
Hawaii: Paul’s Place
This beauty is called the “breakfast caprese,” and yes, it’s every bit as amazing as it looks.
132 Punahoa St., Hilo; 808-280-8646
Idaho: Cucina Di Paolo
This restaurant has its own lasagna menu. Case closed.
1504 S. Vista Ave., Boise; 208-345-7150 or cucinadipaolo.com
Illinois: La Nonna
Three words: chicken pesto panini.
3400 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago; 773-253-7471
Indiana: Pangea Kitchen
Cooked at 900 degrees, this pizza's crust has charred edges, but the center remains chewy. True Neapolitan fashion.
111 S. Green River Rd., Evansville; 812-618-9241 or tastepangea.com
Iowa: Taste of New York
Can’t get to the West Village? Make a pit stop in West Des Moines.
165 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy., Ste. 160, West Des Moines; 515-223-8669 or tasteofnewyorkpizza.com
Kansas: Four Seasons Pizza & Pasta
7820 Quivira Rd., Shawnee; 913-248-1554
Kentucky: Lotsa Pasta
It’s all about the sandwiches on crusty bread at this no-frills Italian spot.
3717 Lexington Rd., Louisville; 502-896-6361 or lotsapastalouisville.com
Who wouldn’t want a side of pasta salad with a gargantuan “Broadway” sammie?
1114 S. Carrolton Ave., Ste. A, New Orleans; 504-592-7797 or cibonola.com
Maine: Coletti’s Pizza Factory
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried caprese garlic bread. You just haven’t.
497 Elm St., Biddleford; 207-571-4476 or colettispizza.com
Maryland: Joe Benny’s
Come for the meatballs, stay for the Sicilian-style pizza.
313 S. High St., Baltimore; 443-835-4866 or joebennys.com
Massachusetts: Firenze Trattoria
Save room for the out-of-this-world cannoli.
2 Lynde St., Salem; 978-219-1188 or firenzesalem.com
Michigan: Eataliana Homemade Pasta
Go with any of the ravioli. Trust us.
52901 Shelby Rd., Shelby Charter Township; 586-580-2136 or eatalianapasta.com
Minnesota: Mama’s Pizza
If you like your pasta (and pizza, and sausage, and pretty much everything else) dripping in cheese, this is the spot for you.
961 Rice St., St. Paul; 651-489-2005 or mamaspizzaparlor.com
Mississippi: The Sicilian II
We’re all about the homemade mozzarella sticks. (You heard us.)
1670 Pass Rd., Unit I, Biloxi; 228-207-9676
Missouri: Corner Bistro
Expert tip: The Meat Lover’s pizza is best eaten on the patio.
4993 Loughborough Ave., St. Louis; 314-353-1811 or cornerbistrostl.com
Montana: Biga Pizza
Don’t leave without a slice of the pesto.
241 W. Main St., Missoula; 406-728-2579 or bigapizza.com
Nebraska: Lombardo’s Bistro and Bar
We never thought our go-to for Tuscan salmon would be in West Omaha. We were wrong.
13110 Birch Dr., Omaha; 402-844-9800 or lombardosomaha.com
Nevada: Il Chianti Italian Steak and Seafood
Will travel for risotto.
72 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Ste. 100, Henderson; 702-566-1999
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TILTON HOUSE OF PIZZa
It’s all about the cheesy pies with crispy crust at T-HOP. (Cool with you guys if we get that nickname trending?)
298 Main St., Tilton; 603-286-3333 or tiltonhouseofpizza.com
New Jersey: Fiore Deli of Hoboken
No frills, only amazing sammies.
414 Adams St., Hoboken; 201-659-1655
New Mexico: Fresh Bistro
We'll take a triple order of the crab ravioli, please.
7319 Fourth St. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque; 505-985-8449 or freshabq.com
New York: D’Amore Winebar and Ristorante
There are lots of amazing Italian spots in New York City, but this East Harlem gem (and its to-die-for prosciutto flatbread) is tough to beat.
118 E. 116th St., New York; 646-678-3681 or damorewinebar.nyc
North Carolina: Red Heron Café
While this hometown joint isn’t purely Italian, the fettuccine Alfredo is worth the trip.
118 Harrison St., Williamston; 252-508-4670 or redheroncafe.com
North Dakota: Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar
The pizza with hand-stretched mozz is out of this world, but don’t forget to save room for some gelato.
111 N. Fifth St., Bismarck; 701-323-9000 or fireflourpizza.com
Ohio: The Brick Oven Bistro
Singlehandedly proving that eggs, banana peppers and home fries totally belong on a pizza together.
1012 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky; 419-624-1400 or brickovenohio.com
Oklahoma: Giorgio’s Pizzeria
Now that’s a calzone.
1601 N. Harrison, Shawnee; 405-273-1515
The short-rib pappardelle is what pasta dreams are made of.
NE 23rd and Alberta, Portland; 503-975-5951
Pennsylvania: Mariano’s La Puccia
This spot is home to the original “puccia,” a flat quesadilla-like treat filled with pizza toppings. (It’s a must-try.)
1109 Wyoming Ave., Exeter; 570-883-1690 or marianos.us
Rhode Island: Enoteca Umberto
It’s all about the rustic pastas at this exceptional Providence spot. (We like ours with Italian peas.)
256 Atwells Ave., Providence; 401-272-8466
South Carolina: The Pickled Palate
This low-key café and wine bar is the perfect place to grab a tuna melt panini. (And OK, a slice of coconut cake.)
511 Hibben St., Mount Pleasant; 843-388-7813 or thepickledpalate.com
South Dakota: Harry’s Spaghetti Western Restaurant
Do yourself a favor and order a heaping plate of the specialty, the spaghetti and meatballs.
65 Sherman St., Deadwood; 605-717-6830
Tennessee: Pasta and Cream
This mom-and-pop restaurant may look small, but its food packs a punch—case in point, the penne vodka with grilled chicken.
1203 Murfreesboro Rd., Ste. 160, Franklin; 615-224-3971 or pastaandcream.com
Texas: Tony’s Italian Delicatessen
If heaven exists, it looks (and tastes) exactly like this chicken Parm.
16283 Highway 105 W., Ste. 9, Montgomery; 936-588-4800 or tonysitaliandelicatessen.com
Utah: Centro Woodfired Pizzeria
One bite of the perfectly charred crust and you’ll understand.
50 W. Center St., Cedar City; 435-867-8123 or centropizzeria.com
Vermont: Costello’s Market
This cute-as-a-button deli in Middlebury has a surprisingly large Italian menu, featuring gnocchi, shrimp scampi and our favorite, eggplant Parm.
99 Maple St., Ste 13A, Marble Work District, Middlebury; 802-388-3385 or costellosmarket.com
Virginia: Tortino Mare
If seafood is your thing, you’re gonna want to try this lobster risotto. Trust us.
120 Kent Village Square, Manassas Park; 703-636-2023 or tortinomare.com
Washington: The Station
If you’re looking for an Italian-style caffeine fix, look no further than this Seattle gem.
1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St., Seattle; 206-453-4892
Washington, D.C.: Rose’s Luxury
From small plates to family-style feasts, you’ll want to add this cozy dinner spot to your regular rotation.
717 Eighth St. SE, Washington D.C.; 202-580-8889 or rosesluxury.com
West Virginia: Muriale’s Italian Kitchen
Who says you have to choose between spaghetti and lasagna?
1742 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont; 304-363-3190 or murialesrestaurant.com
Wisconsin: Glorioso’s Italian Market
The meatball sub is big enough to share, but sorry, we need this one to ourselves.
1011 E. Brady St., Milwaukee; 414-272-0540 or gloriosos.com
Wyoming: Bella’s Bistro
Love olives? Order the Pasta di Luca and savor every damn bite.
218 N. First St., Saratoga; 307-326-8033 or bellaswyoming.com