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The 7 Best Italian Restaurants Near Downtown, Cleveland

Updated: July 27, 2022

Feel like a wood-fired pizza or fresh pasta? Best head over to one of these great Italian spots in Downtown. Don’t waste time agonizing, we analyzed millions of reviews to bring you the best Italian options in Downtown. No matter which of these Italian gems you choose, good pasta and great pinot grigio are on the cards.

Find the perfect Italian restaurant

Il Venetian

Italian, $$$, DowntownItalian, $$$Cleveland, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Pizza 216

Pizza, $$, DowntownPizza, $$Cleveland, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Lago East Bank

Italian, $$, DowntownItalian, $$Cleveland, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Cibreo Italian Kitchen

Italian, $$$, DowntownItalian, $$$Cleveland, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

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Luca Italian Cuisine

Italian, $$$, Ohio City - West SideItalian, $$$Cleveland, Ohio City - West Side
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Dante

American, $$$, TremontAmerican, $$$Cleveland, Tremont
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Bruno's Ristorante

Italian, $$, Detroit ShorewayItalian, $$Cleveland, Detroit Shoreway
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Finding the right Italian restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 5547 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 209 lists and articles from Vacation Idea and Hoodline and others were carefully reviewed by boam. For example, we considered Vacation Idea - 20 Best Restaurants in Cleveland, Hoodline - Your guide to the 5 top spots in Cleveland's Ohio City - West Side neighborhood and Hoodline - Cleveland's 4 top spots to indulge in seafood as we sourced this ultimate list. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. These ten options are sure to delight.

Frequently asked questions

Il Venetian, Osteria Italian, and Lago East Bank are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a date night in Downtown.

Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta, Il Venetian, and Osteria Italian are the highest-rated Italian restaurants that are good for groups in Downtown.

There are 7 Italian restaurants in Downtown.

Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta, Il Venetian, and Osteria Italian are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for take-out in Downtown.

The highest-rated Italian restaurants for delivery in Downtown are Vincenza's Pizza & Pasta, Sainato's at Rivergate, and Pizza 216.

Drink pairing tips

  • The ideal pairing for tomato and arugula salad

    Experts recommend pairing a tomato and arugula salad with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

  • Pinot Grigio and tagliatelle pasta


    Try coupling tagliatelle pasta with a white wine like tagliatelle pasta to balance its creamy flavours.

Fun facts

  • Priceless or overpriced?

    The most expensive lasagna costs a whopping$100! Would you be willing to pay$100 for a fancy Diamond and Gold lasagna?

  • Who made the first pasta?

    pasta has an interesting history, but it is generally agreed upon that it originates from China. The tasty dish has become immensely popular and sought after throughout the world.

  • A day about pasta

    Don’t forget that National Pasta Day falls on October 17. Be sure to enjoy a little pasta!

Parking info

Parking in Downtown can be a challenge. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Italian spot.

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