Best Italian Restaurants in Asheville

Top Italian Restaurants in Asheville

There’s nothing more comforting than a family-style Italian feast paired with good red wine and loved ones! A tradition around the family table is where favorite Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, chicken parmesan, and more were born. That tradition continues here in Asheville with a variety of authentic Italian restaurants offering Old World Italian cuisine, as well as fresh takes on classic Italian dishes. Feature photo by Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian

Italian Restaurants in Asheville
Photo: Cucina 24

Many of the best places to eat Italian food in Asheville offer exemplary, scratch-made pastas like linguine, bigoli, penne, gnocchi, rigatoni, ravioli, and fettuccine. Enjoy authentic, deep flavored sauces like bolognese, carbonara, pesto, marinara, alfredo and ragus. Iconic dishes include fiorentina steak, calamari, bottarga, polenta, risotto, pizza, and more. 

Don’t forget Italian sweets like panna cotta, cannoli, gelato, and tiramisu! For more sweets in Asheville, see Desserts, Donuts & Ice Cream.

Best Places to Eat Italian in Asheville

Vinnie's Italian Asheville, NC
Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian
This award-winning Italian restaurant is known for its excellent service and authentic family atmosphere. The menu features “Old School” Italian classics like chicken parmesan, lasagna, calzones, rigatoni bolognese, assorted seafood and more. Vegan and gluten-free options available. 641 Merrimon Ave
Cucina 24 Asheville
Cucina 24
This Italian-inspired eatery in the center of downtown Asheville fuses the traditions and philosophies of Italian cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. The seasonal menu serves family-style, hearty traditionals, along with new Italian dishes. Fantastic wine selection. Reservations strongly recommended. 24 Wall St
Strada Italiano Asheville
Strada Italiano
This favorite downtown Italian restaurant is filled with the aromas of house baked artisan bread and mouth watering cuisine. Focuses on fresh ingredients, biodynamic and organically-produced wine selections. Offers traditional recipes from Italy, featuring hand-tossed pizzas, savory pastas, housemade desserts, gluten-free and vegetarian options. 27 Broadway.

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