December 16, 2021

Cincinnati's Top 25 Italian Restaurants According to Yelp

While Cincinnati isn't known as an Italian food mecca — we boast more about our German heritage than anything else — we sure do have loads of restaurants where you can get anything from red sauce pasta to veal. From old school joints like Scotti's to trendier spots like Pepp & Dolores, there are many great places around the city to enjoy a taste of Italy. Do you think these Yelper's know what good Italian food is? 
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25. Taglio
3531 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum; 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
"This might be the most amazing pizza I have ever eaten and I dont throw those words around lightly. This pepperoni Detroit style pizza was PERFECTION. Ordering on their app was easy and pickup was a breeze. I will definitely be back. Worth the extra 10 min drive for pizza!" — Missy K.

25. Taglio

3531 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum; 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
"This might be the most amazing pizza I have ever eaten and I dont throw those words around lightly. This pepperoni Detroit style pizza was PERFECTION. Ordering on their app was easy and pickup was a breeze. I will definitely be back. Worth the extra 10 min drive for pizza!" — Missy K.
24. Gina's Italian Kitchen and Tavern
1005 Eaton Ave., Hamilton
"This place is hard to find but it's worth it. Their lunch specials are great and everything I've had here has always been good. I've tried the antipasto salad and any of the sandwiches are great. Prices won't break the bank either." — Doug P.

24. Gina's Italian Kitchen and Tavern

1005 Eaton Ave., Hamilton
"This place is hard to find but it's worth it. Their lunch specials are great and everything I've had here has always been good. I've tried the antipasto salad and any of the sandwiches are great. Prices won't break the bank either." — Doug P.
23. Enoteca Emilia
110 S. Second St., Loveland
"We were greeted by none other than the beautiful owner - and the food + bartender (Cory) + server (Porter) were absolutely flawless! Kudos to the kitchen- every bite was delicious and unique especially the veal meatballs!!! Awesome atmosphere and service!" — Tami W.

23. Enoteca Emilia

110 S. Second St., Loveland
"We were greeted by none other than the beautiful owner - and the food + bartender (Cory) + server (Porter) were absolutely flawless! Kudos to the kitchen- every bite was delicious and unique especially the veal meatballs!!! Awesome atmosphere and service!" — Tami W.
22. Rotolo
1 Levee Way, Newport
"So much fun. Bowling, Italian food and awesome beverages? The only downside was that i think the bowling was a little pricy." — John G.

22. Rotolo

1 Levee Way, Newport
"So much fun. Bowling, Italian food and awesome beverages? The only downside was that i think the bowling was a little pricy." — John G.
21. Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
5800 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester
"Great food...great service. Kurt the bartender is the best. Steve our server for dinner was very attentive and has a  great sense of humor.  We love this place. Andy and Susan." — Susan C.

21. Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

5800 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester
"Great food...great service. Kurt the bartender is the best. Steve our server for dinner was very attentive and has a great sense of humor. We love this place. Andy and Susan." — Susan C.
20. Brio Italian Grille
1 Levee Way, Newport
"We stopped by Brio on our way home from work after getting an email about their happy hour. We were pleasantly surprised by their offerings. The bartender served us shortly after we arrived and our food was served in no time. I don't recall the names of our drinks, but everything was delightful." — Amber C.

20. Brio Italian Grille

1 Levee Way, Newport
"We stopped by Brio on our way home from work after getting an email about their happy hour. We were pleasantly surprised by their offerings. The bartender served us shortly after we arrived and our food was served in no time. I don't recall the names of our drinks, but everything was delightful." — Amber C.
19. Giovanni's Family Italian Restaurant
4050 N. Bend Road, Cheviot
"I was looking for a family Italian restaurant and they DELIVERED! Highly recommend checking it out." — Taylor B.

19. Giovanni's Family Italian Restaurant

4050 N. Bend Road, Cheviot
"I was looking for a family Italian restaurant and they DELIVERED! Highly recommend checking it out." — Taylor B.
18. Padrino
111 Main St., Milford; 3715 Madison Road, Oakley (inside Oakley Kitchen Food Hall)
"Pizza! Who doesn't love pizza? Padrino does it right. Thin crispy crust. The garlic knots are my favorite as is the pesto pizza!" — Felecia G.
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18. Padrino

111 Main St., Milford; 3715 Madison Road, Oakley (inside Oakley Kitchen Food Hall)
"Pizza! Who doesn't love pizza? Padrino does it right. Thin crispy crust. The garlic knots are my favorite as is the pesto pizza!" — Felecia G.
17. Palermo's
6096 West Chester Road, West Chester Township
"Love this place.  Homemade food and a great mellow vibe.  Great service.  We ordered a fantastic Chicken Capri, a Fettucine Alfredo and some Stuffed Shells, plus a meat filled Antipasta Salas to split.  I've eaten at plenty of places in this area, and I highly recommend Palermo's.  Great food, great atmosphere.  Independent eateries rock.  Give em a shot." — Jim M.
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17. Palermo's

6096 West Chester Road, West Chester Township
"Love this place. Homemade food and a great mellow vibe. Great service. We ordered a fantastic Chicken Capri, a Fettucine Alfredo and some Stuffed Shells, plus a meat filled Antipasta Salas to split. I've eaten at plenty of places in this area, and I highly recommend Palermo's. Great food, great atmosphere. Independent eateries rock. Give em a shot." — Jim M.
16. Sorrento's Italian Joint
5143 Montgomery Road, Norwood
"This is a classic Italian American casual restaurant. The decor is perfect, and the Reds game was on the TV which made my son happy. My kids loved the cheesy garlic bread, the Chicken Alfredo, and the ravioli. They have wine, beer, and cocktails for the adults!" — Amanda H.

16. Sorrento's Italian Joint

5143 Montgomery Road, Norwood
"This is a classic Italian American casual restaurant. The decor is perfect, and the Reds game was on the TV which made my son happy. My kids loved the cheesy garlic bread, the Chicken Alfredo, and the ravioli. They have wine, beer, and cocktails for the adults!" — Amanda H.