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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (1509)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cafe Tiramisu offers a menu full of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The family-owned and operated restaurant is decorated sparingly and the dining room is a cozy, relaxing environment. Cafe Tiramisu has a full bar but specializes in wine with an extensive wine selection both by the glass and by the bottle.



Try the ravioli or the shrimp dip to start out your meal at Cafe Tiramisu. Choose from Italian classics like the lasagna or the marsala. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Choose one of the restaurant's sides for your entree like the fried eggplant or the sauteed spinach.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Always a great experience! Freshly prepared meals, delicious fuji apple and strawberry salad, and great service by John!
A photo of Cucciolo Osteria Durham restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1536)
$31 to $50
Italian
Durham
About the restaurant
Cousins Jimmy and Julian Kim welcome you to Cucciolo Osteria Durham! A sister restaurant to the original Cucciolo Osteria in Seoul, Korea, offering modern Italian cuisine with a twist.

We are located in the same building as the Amtrak train station, just opposite side, next to West End Wine Bar.
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APG610vip
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful birthday dinner. Would strongly recommend.
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (739)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding food and service. We chose to sit outside so the street noise was a little loud but we’ve dined indoors previously and the restaurant is usually quiet. Love this place!
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4.8
4.8 (91)
$31 to $50
Italian
Greenville
About the restaurant
Nino’s Cucina Italiana is a tribute to our father, Nino. He still travels constantly to all the locations to make sure everything is done “Nino’s Way,” with quality food, personality, and love.

Over 75 years of an Italian family tradition in baking and cooking from three generations has culminated in Nino’s Cucina Italiana. Our Italian dishes are centuries old recipes handed down from our family throughout the years. We prepare all our food daily—making fresh dough, sauces, mozzarella cheese, pasta and our delicious meatballs in-house.
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meganHvip
Dined 6 days ago
Staff were prompt, attentive and accommodating. Food was enjoyable - appetizers especially.
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4.6
4.6 (242)
$31 to $50
Italian
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Named 2023 Restaurant of the Year by Eater. Dishes you’ve long loved served alongside dishes you’ve never heard of make our ever-changing menu an adventure you’ll want to embark on often. Our wine list is as varied as our food, and every one of our cocktails has been created just for Bombolo by our mixologist.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This is a fine dining restaurant in a cool, small, European style setting. The staff is knowledgeable about menu items and you can tell everyone cares about the food. great drinks and great wine list too. pricey, but worth it, and you can share! excellent date night spot.
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4.7
4.7 (637)
$30 and under
Italian
Fuquay-Varina
About the restaurant
Fuquay's newest, casual authentic Italian dining.
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LeahS
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
In one word - AMAZING! I have never been disappointed by Garibaldis and they just keep upping their game! Also found out they can modify many things on the menu to make them gluten sensitive - bonus!
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4.7
4.7 (3524)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Benvenuto! Opened August 2000, chef/ owner Corbett Monica and his wife, Julie, created this trattoria as an extension of his Nanas dinner table. A place where the neighborhood gathers to dine and enjoy life. Guests become family at our tables, enjoying recipes handed down from our grandparents. Following tradition, we make our sauce with San Marzano tomatoes and use only the freshest ingredients available, just like Nana. Our gravy is so good that we eat it like soup! Neapolitan menu, thin-crust Flatbread pizzas, Pasta, NC Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork. Without a doubt, the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta and Flatbreads. Wine Spectator 2007-2019. Local art is on our walls and we play a great upbeat music mix. We welcome you to our business, our culture, our family. It is an honor and pleasure to cook for you. Please enjoy our food and the company you share at our table. Mangia bene!
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SheilaMvip
Dined 2 days ago
delicious food. Great chicken parm. great service, low key ambiance--we always have a great time there.
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4.8
4.8 (1275)
$30 and under
Italian
Cary
About the restaurant
Seasonal changes, outstanding ingredients and a made-from-scratch philosophy guide Chef 's menu of house-made focaccia and pasta, antipastis, made-to-order wood-fired pizzas, and piatti. The chef curated dinner and dessert menus, pair with the well balanced wine and beverage program. Located at Fenton in Cary, NC, this casual yet polished family-style Italian restaurant features 120 indoor dining seats, 60 seats outdoors on the semi-covered patio, and a 12-seat bar.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food is amazing and everyone is so nice. Highly recommend for anyone coming to raleigh for any reason
A photo of Osteria Georgi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (792)
$31 to $50
Italian
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Giorgios Bakatsias' inspiration behind his newest concept, Osteria Georgi, stems from a deep appreciation for his dear friend- the late, great George Tarantini, an Italian native and beloved soccer coach for NC state University, well-known for his love and respect for hospitality.

Osteria reflects the passion behind Italian cuisine and culture-
a daily celebration of life while gathering around a shared table, of enjoying the beauty in simply prepared hand-made pasta, locally sourced ingredients and vibrant flavors, in having gratitude for the local farmers, fisherman, and artisans from which it all came, and always- a love for great company.
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KarenF
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent service with “Nor” as our server. Nor made great suggestions and helpful comments about our choices including “off the menu” options, which we opted to share amongst 3 of us dining. Everything we ordered was delicious and unique including cocktails, mocktails, and wine list. Apparently avail on request, we were glad to have not requested and “filled up” on bread before enjoying our large meal. We ordered an off the menu salad w/ bacon wrapped dates, candied walnuts, fresh greens & balsamic glaze vinegrette; Another salad w/poached pears- light & delicious; Polpette Di Norma/ succulent large beef meatballs, eggplant(not sure where the eggplant was) and ricotta- melt in your mouth deliciousness;Arancini-rissoto fontina, in vodka sauce; gnocci (I would omit or substitute out the lima beans); Agnolotti(pasts) w/ Herbed Ricotta Carrot puree. We could not have been a better dining experience! Very relaxing. We were lucky to get seated outdoors- although the indoor dining was lively-just a little out of my personal hearing comfort range. Osteria Georgi is a new favorite for me, an out of town visitor, and an ongoing favorite for my local dining companions!
A photo of Caffe Luna restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2455)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Situated in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna has been bringing authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair to the Triangle for over two decades.
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MrEdK
Dined 3 days ago
Our first time here was excellent . From being seated right on time of our reservation, the ambiance was beautiful. Almost immediately, our waitress approached and was very pleasant. Only draw back was no liquor license. Had a very good canned pale IPA and daughter had glass of red wine. Ordered Caesar salad, which was nice. Main meals were wonderful as well. Price for two of us, with dessert, tax and top was $88!! Hats off to them.
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