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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Wisconsin? 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!


A photo of Safina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (253)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
It’s been over four years since guests last tasted the Sicilian dishes from longtime Milwaukee restaurant Giovanni’s. But all of that changes with Safina: a new casual Italian concept that comes to the historic building at 785 N. Jefferson St.

Focusing on comforting dishes with roots in Sicily and the southern regions of Italy, Safina's goal is to keep the menu familiar and accessible. The restaurant also features a full bar and second-level seating, complete with wood and marble finishes that highlight the rustic, modern Italian ambiance.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Already one of my favorite MKE restaurants after one visit, I can’t wait to go back!
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4.8
4.8 (2819)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
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Zarletti is a fine dining northern Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Executive chef and owner Brian C. Zarletti focuses on creating regional Italian cuisine inspired by lessons learned in his grandmother’s kitchen and on his extensive travels in Italy.

Top review
BenK
Dined 5 days ago
Zarletti's NEVER disappoints! It is my go-to spot for upscale Italian.
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4.8
4.8 (626)
$30 and under
Italian
Middleton
About the restaurant
A modern Italian cafe in the heart of downtown historic Middleton. With a contemporary vibe this fusion Italian gem features unique topping gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta and famous Gelato.
Top review
sharon8
Dined 2 days ago
family owned. personalized attention. experienced and friendly wait staff. terrific "local" sophisticated ambiance. excellent food. we are so lucky to have this gem in downtown Middleton. it is one of the establishments that makes downtown Middleton so special.
A photo of Mangiare restaurant
4.8
4.8 (333)
$31 to $50
Italian
Green Bay
About the restaurant
The Mangiare Story
We trace our roots to Republic Chophouse, Green Bay area’s premier steakhouse and standard bearer of fine dining in northeast Wisconsin. Located just down the street from each other and under the same local ownership, Mangiare and Republic are sister restaurants that offer the best dining experiences north of Chicago.

We use only the freshest and most authentic ingredients for the offerings on our Mangiare menu. Featuring balsamic and oils sourced directly from Italy and breads from specialty bakeries, our chefs create intensely satisfying dishes that match the level of service which sets us apart.

Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence holds true regardless of whether your taste for the evening is classic Italian fare in a family-friendly atmosphere at Mangiare or steak in the unpretentious, yet fine dining environment of Republic.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food was great, portions were spot on, service was perfect; made sure we were taken care of without being intrusive, and very friendly and helpful. The mussels were incredible, probably a must-have starter for us from now on.
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4.7
4.7 (2513)
$30 and under
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Onesto, which means “honest” in Italian, serves a modern twist on Italian fare with an emphasis on fresh, handmade, flavorful cuisine. We also feature an approachable wine list and a craft cocktail menu. When you visit, be sure to check out our dramatic event space.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Sat at a high top table near the window for lunch. Service was excellent, as was the warm mushroom salad and Caesar salad.
A photo of Cafe Calamari restaurant
4.7
4.7 (962)
$31 to $50
Italian
Williams Bay
About the restaurant
Café Calamari is a fine dining establishment serving upscale Italian fare in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Guests can enjoy a view of Geneva Lake in an elegant seating area where professional staff members offer an extensive menu of authentic Italian Cuisine.

At Café Calamari, you can start with an appetizer of Tuscan Ribs, flash-fried Calamari or Caprese Salad. Move on to a main course of Honey Pear Pork Chop, Three Cheese Tortellini, Sicilian Encrusted Filet, or grilled Chilean Sea Bass.Vegetarians can enjoy seasonal vegetable choices every day as well as Strudel Al Quattro Formaggi, Bruschetta Al Pomodoro and more at Café Calamari. Every day, the chef highlights a different special, so be sure to stop by often to see what new specials and drinks we have to offer!

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RonC
Dined 3 days ago
Great service, nice atmosphere with excellent food. Highly recommend this eatery.
A photo of Carinis la conca d'oro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (711)
$30 and under
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
At Carini's you cannot get any more authentic than being in Sicily. In fact Peter, owner/chef, comes from Sicily and takes pride in all that he prepares. Many of the dishes are prepared the same way his mother cooked them. He uses the freshest ingredients and can customize any dish to your liking. His expanse menu offers 5 kinds of spiedini, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal, vegetarian, appetizers including calamari, octopus salad, antipasto plates and much more. He has many imported desserts plus his homemade tiramisu, cannolis and casatta, a yellow cake infused with rum and filled with cannoli filling and glazed. Peter also sells his spaghetti and marinara sauce, garlic olive oil and seasoned salt from the restaurant as well as gift baskets. All of the products can be shipped anywhere in the US. The restaurant can accomodate parties of any size up to 140 people.
Top review
MichelleBvip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Another fantastic meal. We "found" Carini's this winter and it has quickly become of very favorite Italian food in the State. Fantastic service, (Santo was really, really great on this visit) outstanding food (we love the pizza, spiedini and penne ala vodka) and all with a homey feel. The owners have been there every time we've visited and the are so kind and approachable. Try them out - you will not be disappointed.
A photo of Sorella restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1064)
$30 and under
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Old school meets new school, East Coast meets Midwest, with a Southern-style Italian restaurant landing right in the middle of it all. Delivering distinctly Italian cuisine that’s easy to pronounce and even easier to share, guests will enjoy seasonally inspired dishes throughout the year. Sorella serves healthy foods with elegant flavors, which are often made with locally sourced products.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It's a little pricey. But the food is delicious. Staff is amazing. The ambiance is really nice.
A photo of Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3210)
$50 and over
Italian
Wauwatosa
About the restaurant
Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993, a Milwaukee original and the flagship restaurant in The Bartolotta Restaurants portfolio welcomes guests with inspired menus based on authentic and traditional Italian dining. The menu at Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 invites you to take a culinary journey through regional Italy, from the coast of Sicily to the peaks of the Italian Alps. The menu will alternate, focusing on different regions, and flavors, of the country, every four to six weeks.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late. Reservations are for our main dining room and upstairs dining room. Specific location requests will be accommodated as available or as necessary for accessibility.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
From the moment we walked into the restaurant, to the food and service - all of it was exceptional. We were celebrating our anniversary and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We highly recommend Ristorante Bartolotta and will go back in the future.
A photo of Tre Rivali restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1447)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Tre Rivali is a vibrant restaurant, lounge and cafe. This inspired restaurant is in the heart of Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward District. The menu features Italian and Mediterranean influences. Think scratch made pasta and wood oven pizzas. Paired with craft cocktails and a well curated wine list.

**Please note when making a reservation that we do not reserve tables for outside patio dining. We will do our best to accommodate your request but patio dining is on a first available and walk-in basis only. We appreciate your patience and understanding.**

Top review
TosaGirl74vip
Dined 5 days ago
Tre Rivali never disappoints and our dining experience on 7.9.24 was no exception. Our server, Janet, was outstanding: very knowledgable about the menu items, efficient & professional in her service and so warm & friendly. And the food... oh, the food! My husband and I shared the whipped farmer's cheese appetizer, the Mediterranean salad (the use of butter lettuce was spot on) and an order of the delicious arancini. For entrees, my husband had the swordfish and I had the papardelle bolognese. I cannot speak highly enough about my dish. All I can say is that the balance of flavors was exquisite and the bolognese was the best I've ever had. My husband also loved the swordfish. For dessert, we shared the maple bourbon ice cream with bread pudding and that was the perfect finish. It was a sublime dining experience from start to finish. We will always be happy to dine here again.
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