Best Italian restaurants in India

The world’s best-loved cuisine is well represented in India. Restaurants too have matured and gone beyond pasta and pizza to offer regional Italian specialities. These are some of the best Italian restaurants in India.

Moving beyond pizzas and pastas, restaurants serving Italian cuisine in India now offer a range of provincial specialities from a country where gastronomy is a fine art in each region. Some do it with a contemporary touch, others stick to authentic recipes with many sourcing ingredients straight from Italy and serving the food in elegant, cheery spaces that evoke visions of the land that gave the world its favourite cuisine.

Trattoria – President, Mumbai – IHCL Seleqtions

The fiamma pizza at trattoria
The fiamma pizza at trattoria

Mumbai had no clue about authentic Italian food till Trattoria arrived in 1981 and introduced the city to pastas and pizzas made with produce sourced from Italy. The chefs developed the menu after travelling and eating across Italy for six months. Some of the most relished dishes are the Fiamma pizza, pasta in aglio olio peperoncino and arrabbiata sauces and malfatti. Even now the restaurant dishes out 600 pizzas daily, so you can imagine how good they must be.

+91-22-66650808, 90 Cuffe Parade 

CinCin, Mumbai

The cheery interiors of cincin
The cheery interiors of cincin

The moment one enters this restaurant, one imbibes the fun and cheerful vibe — with the colourful signage, alfresco area with lemon trees, arched windows, a bar and a wood-fired oven from where the freshest pizzas emerge. Pukrambam Dayamani Singh, Resident Chef at CinCin, feels there is plenty of room to play around with Italian food as long as the ingredients are honoured. Some of the signature dishes at CinCin are Suppli, a dish from Rome made with leftover risotto rice; Chitarra Cacio e Pepe, spaghetti with Parmigiano Reggiano and black pepper sauce; pepperoni pizza; pappardelle with lamb ragu; and, of course, tiramisu. The pastas are hand-rolled and hand-cut.

Cincin's best-selling chitarra cacio e pepe
Cincin’s best-selling chitarra cacio e pepe

+91-8355870000, Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, Near Yauatcha Restaurant, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East

Pizza By The Bay, Mumbai

The interiors of pizza by the bay; and (right) one of their scrumptious pizzas
The interiors of pizza by the bay; and (right) one of their scrumptious pizzas

Call it ‘Talk of the Town’, ‘Not Just Jazz by the Bay’ or ‘Pizza By The Bay’ — the name changes but one thing that remains constant is that this iconic place on Marine Drive is the oldest pizzeria in town, having opened its doors in 1968. The freshly rolled dough and fresh tomato sauce are the secrets to their eternally popular pizzas. Apart from pizza, the menu has a number of classic Italian dishes.
+91-22-22851876, Soona Mahal, 143 Marine Drive, Churchgate 

Cecconi’s, Soho House Mumbai

Nothing can beat a restaurant that overlooks the sea in Mumbai. Cecconi’s is part of Soho House, a posh private club, and this Italian restaurant has branches across the world including New York, Miami, London, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin. The cuisine is mostly from North Italy. Must-haves include burrata, lamb bolognese, spaghetti lobster and their signature pizzas. Wash it all down with one of their signature cocktails. Cecconi’s is not restricted to Soho House members — it’s open to all. 

+91-22-62133333, 16, Juhu Tara Road, Santa Cruz West 

San Gimignano, The Imperial New Delhi

Outdoor seating at sam gimignano at the imperial new delhi
Outdoor seating at Sam Gimignano at The Imperial New Delhi

Named after a gorgeous medieval Tuscan town, this chic restaurant has been serving authentic Italian food to the capital for about two decades. Predictably, most of the dishes are from Tuscany and surrounding areas. Executive Chef Prem K Pogakula, who has done a lot of research to design this menu and visited Italy a couple of times as well, says I think procuring local products from the cuisine’s region is the key to getting the recipe right.”

Some of the signature dishes are fresh burrata with tomatoes, basil and pesto, parmesan soup flavoured with truffle oil, ravioli stuffed with porcini and wild mushrooms topped with fresh tomatoes, truffle oil and parmesan cheese and the Chilean sea bass with capers, white wine, vegetables and black olives. The restaurant is popular with Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar. Do not miss the wood-fired oven pizzas.

+91-11-41116605, The Imperial New Delhi, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place

Le Cirque, The Leela Palace New Delhi

Chef's table at le cirque, the leela palace new delhi
Chef’s table at le cirque, the leela palace new delhi

Sirio Maccioni’s iconic French and Italian fine-dining restaurant from New York City set foot in India, and Asia as well, when it opened at the Leela Palace New Delhi in 2011. This tastefully designed, dinner-only, 144-seater restaurant is spread over an entire floor with sections like three private dining rooms including a Chef’s Table from where one can watch all the action of the live kitchen. There’s an impressive collection of 230 labels of wine at the bar lounge. The menu is a mix of Italian and French and includes classics and signatures like Pasta Primavera (the recipe is by Sirio Maccioni himself) and the Lobster Bisque. When it comes to pairing wine with your food, leave it in the expert hands of sommelier Gaurav Dixit.

+91-11-39331390, 10th Floor, The Leela Palace New Delhi, Chanakyapuri, Diplomatic Enclave

La Piazza, Hyatt Regency Delhi

La piazza's interiors will transport you right to italy
La piazza’s interiors will transport you right to italy

La Piazza changed the way Delhi consumed Italian food by introducing authentic flavours. The trattoria-style restaurant opened doors in 1994 and Chef Hermann Grossbichler gave the city its first tiramisu, espresso and wood-fired oven pizzas. It’s been more than 25 years but it still serves the same classics.One of them is the La Piazza original Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, sundried tomato, basil pesto, roasted garlic, goat cheese and oregano.

However the menu has recently been revamped with Daniele Macioce joining as Chef De Cuisine and is far more extensive now. The range of dishes he has introduced include dry pastas like rigatoni with traditional tomato, almond andricotta pesto from Sicily.

Some of the delectable fare at la piazza, including lobster risotto and wholewheat hand-rolled pasta
Some of the delectable fare at la piazza, including lobster risotto and wholewheat hand-rolled pasta

+91-9818477234; Ring Road, Bhikaji Cama Place, RK Puram

Olive Bar & Kitchen, New Delhi

Olive delhi's appeal is in its casual, relaxed vibe
Olive delhi’s appeal is in its casual, relaxed vibe

AD Singh opened Olive with the idea of providing a chilled out, laidback space for people to relax and unwind. “It was the Italian concept of ‘La Dolce Vita’ that we were trying to put out there with people chatting over their meal for hours and relaxing,” he says. And that is exactly what this restaurant provides — excellent food in a stunning setting. From warm winter afternoons to candle-lit evenings in a white-pebbled courtyard with a banyan tree at its centre that is the “soul of this restaurant”, this is a place to savour a touch of Italy. Chef Dhruv Oberoi has created a menu that will transport you straight to Italy — think thin-crust pizzas, delicate pastas and desserts like tiramisu. With the winter season round the corner, truffles are going to find their way into many dishes.

+91-9810235472; One Style Mile, 6-8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli

Diva, New Delhi

Diva's classy interiors; and (right) prawns guazetto
Diva’s classy interiors; and (right) prawns guazetto

Ritu Dalmia opened this restaurant 21 years back and since then there has been no looking back. “Diva is about authentic flavours and the beginning of my food journey. I have seen the flavour profile of the people grow over the years. Diva was about honest cooking and that is what it provided and still does,” she says. The menu is vast and the Chef’s specials are clearly highlighted. The pizza menu has more than 10 flavours out of which Burrata and Gorgonzola (green apple, gorgonzola, olives and walnuts) stand out. The ravioli filled with cheese mousse is another winner. If you have seafood in mind, go for the Olive-crusted sea bass, baked John Dory, pan-roasted salmon and prawns guazzetto.

+91-11 41637858, M-8A, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash II

Sorrento, Shangri-La Eros New Delhi

Sorrento, the italian restaurant at shangri-la eros new delhi
Sorrento, the italian restaurant at shangri-la eros new delhi

True to its name, the Neapolitan delicacies here are made from the ingredients that this region is famous for — tomatoes, lemons, potatoes and fresh vegetables. In appetisers, the Italian charcuterie board, Sorrento’s mozzarella bar and Caesar salad on wheels is what you should be ordering. Their pasta list is really long — and it’s all fresh and handmade. The lobster chittara that is finished on the tableside, duck ravioli and mushroom tortelli are some of the other winners. From the moment you place your order till it arrives, you can watch it being put together in the live kitchen. The Neapolitan pizzas are made with biga dough and stretched out without using rolling pins. This dough makes the pizza lighter, softer and more flavourful. It is topped with in-house San Marzano sauce. 

+91-11-41191919, 19 Ashoka Road, Connaught Place 

Ottimo Cucina Italiana, ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata

The smart interiors of ottimo, itc royal bengal, kolkata
The smart interiors of ottimo, itc royal bengal, kolkata

A live kitchen where you see all the action, piping hot wood-fired pizzas, artisanal pastas, cheeses, wines and an array of desserts — this is what you can expect at this stunning fine-dining restaurant. The cuisine is from Rome, Florence, Milan and areas around. Dishes like smoked salmon tartare with sour cherry coulis, lobster ravioli with star anise bisque and burrata, and black ink spaghetti are just some of the winners. Do not leave without trying the Tiramisu or the Panna Cotta. Ottimo opens for dinner only on weekends.

+91-33-44464646, 1 JBS, Haldane Avenue

La Cucina, Hyatt Regency Kolkata 

La cucina has pizzas popping out of its wood-fired oven but also delicacies like lobster ravioli
La cucina has pizzas popping out of its wood-fired oven but also delicacies like lobster ravioli

This is one of the few authentic Italian cuisine restaurants in the City of Joy that delivers what it promises. It’s perfect for a candle-light dinner or a Sunday brunch. Playing with flavours and traditions, some of the pizzas are named after streets in Italy such as Via Montenapoleone and Via Chiaia — and they come to the table piping hot straight out of a wood-fired oven. If you want to sample something different, go for the roasted octopus. In pastas, do not miss the lobster ravioli and the beef lasagne.

+91-33-68201164, JA-1 Sector III, Salt Lake City

Fire & Ice, Kolkata

Delicious pizza (left); and the antipasto platter at fire & ice, kolkata
Delicious pizza (left); and the antipasto platter at fire & ice, kolkata

After opening first in Kathmandu, where it became extremely popular, this restaurant ventured into India in 2005 by launching their first restaurant in Kolkata at its most enviable location, just off Park Street. It is one of the oldest pizzerias in the city and the variety you get here is mind boggling. Stick to the classics if you want to be safe, but when in a mood to experiment, try the Fire of Bengal pizza which comes with spicy mutton and green chillies and the Fire & Ice pizza that has fried potatoes. It also has pastas and a range of cocktails and wines.

+91-33-22884073, Kanak Building, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Park Street area 

Fabbrica, Kolkata

Fabbrica has a youthful vibe and delicious pastas
Fabbrica has a youthful vibe and delicious pastas

Step inside and you may feel as if you’re in an Italian village — black and white chequered floor, pretty flowers and plants, quirky posters and wooden tables — this has to be one of the most stunning Italian restaurants in Kolkata and is perfect for the ‘gram’. Their expertise lies in Neapolitan cuisine and, following the traditional method, they dish out pizzas with a puffed-up crust that is perfectly charred. They make their own mozzarella as well. Signature dishes include spaghetti carbonara using free-range eggs, Margherita con bufala, prosciutto and, of course, tiramisu. When in the mood to experiment, try the Nutella pizza. 

+91-33 40620777, Ground, 8A, Allenby Road, Sreepally, Elgin

Via Milano, Bengaluru

This award-winning restaurant has four locations in Bengaluru. After sampling the smoked salmon rolls and the beef carpaccio, we recommend you set your eyes on the creamy spinach and ricotta ravioli or the baked chicken pesto that’s made delicious with pesto, mozzarella and tomato. Round up your meal with their highly recommended tiramisu or the almond semifreddo.

+91-9164219997, 4th Floor, 80 Feet Main Road, 4th Block, Koramangala

Toscano Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bengaluru 

This restaurant has several locations across the city and has opened in Chennai and Pune as well. The first one opened at UB City in 2005 and for lunch you have the option of going for a two course or three course meal for one person. Signature dishes include goat cheese salad, smoked salmon involtini, ravioli di spinaci, duck confit, risotto funghi, tiramisu and chocolate Kahlua mousse. The wine options are aplenty.

+91-80-41738800UB CITY, 24, Vittal Mallya Rd, KG Halli, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar

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