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The Best Italian Restaurant in Every State

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According to a 2019 YouGov survey, Italian cuisine comes in at No. 1 among “America’s favorite foods from around the world.” Other surveys, admittedly, put Italian in second or third place, after Mexican and/or Chinese, but nobody can disagree that pasta and pizza and such form a major part of our diet. The average American eats approximately 20 pounds of pasta a year, in fact, and 23 pounds of pizza. 

It would be hard to find any city or town in the country that doesn’t have at least one Italian restaurant and/or pizzeria. National Geographic reported earlier this year that about 100,000 of America’s 800,000 or so restaurants served Italian food of one kind or another. According to other sources, an estimated three-quarters of this number specialize in pizza.

To determine the best Italian restaurant in every state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed and extrapolated from lists and rankings on numerous food and general interest sites, including Eater, Yelp, The Daily Meal, Fodors, Business Insider, Forbes, and Gayot, as well as a wide range of regional and city-specific sites.

The results reveal a vast and varied landscape of Italian and Italian-American cooking. There are places that strive for authenticity and preserve tradition, like Felix Trattoria in Venice, California, but also high-end restaurants creating imaginative variations on the theme, like Scampo in Boston. Some establishments work regional ingredients into the mix, like Domenica in New Orleans, while others are unapologetically old-fashioned red-sauce eateries serving comfort food Italian style — sometimes including one or more of these 10 “Italian” dishes that aren’t really Italian.

Click here to see the best Italian restaurant in every state

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Alabama: Bottega
> Location: Birmingham
> Sample menu items: Tortellini with Gulf crab, squash, and lemon; chicken scaloppine with capers and polenta


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Alaska: In Bocca al Lupo
> Location: Juneau
> Sample menu items: Garlic-blasted Caesar salad; Yukon gold potato gnocchi with sockeye salmon puttanesca

Source: Photo by Drew D. via Yelp

Arizona: Virtu Honest Craft
> Location: Scottsdale
> Sample menu items: Burrata with fresh figs; smoked duck breast with black garlic soubise

Source: Courtesy of Matt K. via Yelp

Arkansas: Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking
> Location: Eureka Springs
> Sample menu items: Choice of pastas with Mom’s Homemade Meatballs in red sauce; chicken parmesan


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California: Felix Trattoria
> Location: Venice
> Sample menu items: Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad); house-made orecchiette with sausage and broccoletti

Source: Photo by Julie J. via Yelp

Colorado: Frasca Food & Wine
> Location: Boulder
> Sample menu items: Ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms; calamarata pasta with squid and Calabrian chiles


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Connecticut: La Marea Ristorante
> Location: Old Saybrook
> Sample menu items: Insalata riccia con fave e pancetta (frisée salad with favas and pancetta); zuppa de pesce (mixed seafood stew)

Source: Photo by Dao L. via Yelp

Delaware: Taverna
> Location: Newark and Wilmington
> Sample menu items: Crispy meatball pizza; grilled spicy shrimp with zucchini and lemon vinaigrette

Source: Photo by Lauren L. via Yelp

Florida: Cecconi’s
> Location: Miami Beach
> Sample menu items: Vitello tonnato with caperberries; veal milanese


Source: Courtesy of La Tavola Trattoria

Georgia: La Tavola Trattoria
> Location: Atlanta
> Sample menu items: Agnolotti with corn, mascarpone, and oyster mushrooms; pork belly with cannellini beans and braised kale

Source: Photo by Jeng L, via Yelp

Hawaii: Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
> Location: Honolulu
> Sample menu items: Shrimp and scallop bruschetta; porcini risotto with sautéed foie gras


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Idaho: Alavita
> Location: Boise
> Sample menu items: Squid ink bucatini; red-wine-braised short ribs with creamy polenta

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Illinois: RPM Italian
> Location: Chicago
> Sample menu items: Roman-style artichokes with lemon aioli; Mama DePandi’s bucatini with tomatoes and basil

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Indiana: Galo’s Italian Grill
> Location: Richmond
> Sample menu items: Penne carbonara with grilled chicken; gorgonzola New York strip steak with grilled shrimp


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Iowa: Centro
> Location: Des Moines
> Sample menu items: Pancetta-wrapped shrimp; spicy sausage rigatoni

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Kansas: The Basil Leaf Cafe
> Location: Lawrence
> Sample menu items: Sausage and arborio rice arancini; deconstructed lasagna


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Kentucky: Pompilio’s
> Location: Newport
> Sample menu items: Toasted beef or cheese ravioli; veal marsala with linguine

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Louisiana: Domenica
> Location: New Orleans
> Sample menu items: Smoked swordfish carpaccio; Gulf shrimp risotto

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Maine: Ports of Italy
> Location: Boothbay Harbor and Rockport
> Sample menu items: Bang Island mussels with sambuca; osso buco with risotto milanese


Source: Courtesy of Isaiah W. via Yelp

Maryland: Cinghiale
> Location: Baltimore
> Sample menu items: Maryland blue crab risotto, crispy soft shell crabs with local asparagus

Source: Courtesy of Scampo

Massachusetts: Scampo
> Location: Boston
> Sample menu items: Burnt orange and tomato risotto with crisped soft shell crab; charcoaled “sugar cane” veal ribeye with stracciatella ravioli


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Michigan: SheWolf Pastificio & Bar
> Location: Detroit
> Sample menu items: Sformato di zucchine (savory zucchini custard); paccheri pasta with spicy lamb neck ragù

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Minnesota: Broders’ Pasta Bar
> Location: Minneapolis
> Sample menu items: Roasted whole garlic with spicy tomato jam; carrot gnocchi with chicken and olives

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Mississippi: The Sicilian II
> Location: Biloxi
> Sample menu items: Shrimp Alfredo pizza; chocolate chip cannoli


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Missouri: Casa Don Alfonso
> Location: St. Louis
> Sample menu items: Grandma’s ziti with anchovies and cherry tomatoes; veal pizzaiola

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Montana: Michelangelo’s Big Sky
> Location: Gallatin Gateway
> Sample menu items: Grilled portabella mushrooms with herb polenta and goat cheese sauce; saltimbocca alla romana with risotto cake


Source: Photo by Jeff K. vie Yelp

Nebraska: MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante
> Location: Lincoln
> Sample menu items: Prosciutto and egg pizza; garlic-butter walleye with spinach and tomato risotto

Source: Courtesy of Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Nevada: Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
> Location: Las Vegas
> Sample menu items: Pasta e fagioli; coniglio brasato (braised rabbit) with polenta and roasted mushrooms

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New Hampshire: Campo Enoteca
> Location: Manchester
> Sample menu items: House-made ricotta with grilled sourdough; chicken piccata tagliatelle


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New Jersey: Cafe 2825
> Location: Atlantic City
> Sample menu items: Spicy scungilli; Sunday Gravy (homemade meatballs, pork braciole, and Italian sausage in Old World thick red gravy)

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New Mexico: Osteria d’Assisi
> Location: Santa Fe
> Sample menu items: Penne alla carbonara; braised buffalo short ribs with polenta


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New York: Via Carota
> Location: New York City
> Sample menu items: Peas with lettuce and prosciutto; grilled sea bream with charred escarole

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North Carolina: Ristorante Paoletti
> Location: Highlands
> Sample menu items: Smoked risotto with mushroom ragù; grilled North Carolina rainbow trout Adriatico style

Source: Courtesy of Anima Cucina

North Dakota: Anima Cucina
> Location: Bismarck
> Sample menu items: Lardo crostini; spicy shrimp spaghetti


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Ohio: Martini Modern Italian
> Location: Columbus
> Sample menu items: Tomato soup with pesto and goat cheese; fettuccine with clams

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Oklahoma: Stella
> Location: Oklahoma City
> Sample menu items: Prosciutto and peach pizza; chicken and corn risotto


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Oregon: Nick’s Italian Cafe
> Location: McMinnville
> Sample menu items: Trippa alla fiorentina (braised tripe with poached egg); Dungeness crab lasagna

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Pennsylvania: Vetri Cucina
> Location: Philadelphia
> Sample menu items: Sweet onion crêpe with truffle and parmesan fondue; spaghetti alla chitarra with bone marrow and shellfish

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Rhode Island: Al Forno
> Location: Providence
> Sample menu items: Clams al forno; spicy fried calamari grilled pizza


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South Carolina: Le Farfalle
> Location: Charleston
> Sample menu items: Warm rosemary focaccia with whipped ricotta; angel hair pasta with blue crab

Source: Courtesy of Sabatino's Italian Ristorante

South Dakota: Sabatino’s Italian
> Location: Rapid City
> Sample menu items: Caprese salad; gnocchi al pesto


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Tennessee: Yolan
> Location: Nashville
> Sample menu items: White asparagus with Lambrusco, smoked trout roe; bucatini all’amatriciana

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Texas: Lucia
> Location: Dallas
> Sample menu items: Baked rigatoni with ‘nduja, bread crumbs, and stracciatella; pork shoulder cooked in hay

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Utah: Valter’s Osteria
> Location: Salt Lake City
> Sample menu items: Zuppa cotta (cannellini beans, mushrooms, and truffles); chicken piccata with artichokes and lemon sauce


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Vermont: Sarducci’s
> Location: Montpelier
> Sample menu items: Linguine al pescatore (with shrimp, cod, and mussels); vitello alla parmigiana

Source: Courtesy of Carmen H. via Yelp

Virginia: Edo’s Squid
> Location: Richmond
> Sample menu items: Squid with arugula, garlic, and lemon; sausage, polenta, and beans


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Washington: Cafe Juanita
> Location: Kirkland
> Sample menu items: Risotto with corn and raw spot prawns; wagyu New York strip with romano beans and chanterelles

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West Virginia: Fazio’s
> Location: Charleston
> Sample menu items: Baked manicotti; chicken cacciatore with mostaccioli in meat and mushroom sauce

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Wisconsin: Ristorante Bartolotta
> Location: Wauwatosa
> Sample menu items: Gianfuttiri (Calabrian vegetable stew); cappone arrosto (slow-roasted capon)


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Wyoming: Glorietta Trattoria
> Location: Jackson
> Sample menu items: Lobster Fra’ Diavolo with tagliatelle; Snake River Farms porchetta with escarole and white beans

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