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Italian Restaurants in Liverpool

 Italian cuisine fighting for the top spot

The British love to eat out and if you’ve ever spent more than five minutes in the UK you’ll likely have noticed that Italian as well as Indian restuarants are by some way the most common. You could say these two culinary heavyweights are fighting for top spot. Fighting to be recognised as the most loved cuisine in these Great British Isles. It’s a battle that could go on, and on, and on, but here we’ll focus on the Italian restaurants of Liverpool. Why? Because there are plenty of them and as Liverpool is one of the UK’s most charming cities, it’s well worth a bit of discussion on how Liverpool’s Italian restaurants are too.

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Villa Venezia

Villa Venezia

Prenton
Italian££££
5.6/6117
Villa Venezia
L'Olivetto

L'Olivetto

Mossley Hill
Italian££££
5.4/6130
L'Olivetto
Tribeca Smithdown

Tribeca Smithdown

Mossley Hill
Italian££££
5.1/636
Tribeca Smithdown
Amalia Italian

Amalia Italian

Ropewalks
Italian££££
5.0/614
Amalia Italian
Da Piero

Da Piero

Irby
Italian££££
5.7/645
Da Piero
Portofino - New Brighton

Portofino - New Brighton

Wallasey
Italian££££
5.3/619
Portofino - New Brighton
Dough Bar

Dough Bar

City Centre
Italian££££
5.1/630
Dough Bar
Papa Luigi's

Papa Luigi's

town centre
Italian££££
5.8/64
Papa Luigi's
Spiga

Spiga

Centre
Italian££££
4.8/620
Spiga
Florence

Florence

Waterloo
Italian££££
5.0/61
Florence
Love & Rockets

Love & Rockets

Sefton Park
Italian££££
Love & Rockets
The Secret Place

The Secret Place

Wavertree
Italian££££
The Secret Place
Bellini - Liverpool

Bellini - Liverpool

Ropewalks
Italian££££
4.6/615
Bellini - Liverpool
Vino Vino

Vino Vino

Wallasey
Italian££££
6.0/61
Vino Vino
Donatello

Donatello

Orford
Italian££££
5.0/64
Donatello
Benvenuti

Benvenuti

Stockton Heath
Italian££££
3.5/62
Benvenuti
Sorrento

Sorrento

Formby
Italian££££
5.5/631
Sorrento
Sorrento Orrell

Sorrento Orrell

Orrell
Italian££££
5.2/617
Sorrento Orrell
Casa Italia - Southport

Casa Italia - Southport

Centre
Italian££££
5.1/616
Casa Italia - Southport
Spiga

Spiga

Allerton and Hunts Cross
Italian££££
6.0/62
Spiga
  1. 1.

    Why are Italian restaurants in Liverpool so popular?

    Italian restaurants in Liverpool and indeed all over the UK are popular for so many reasons that very likely stem from that Roman invasion that happened once upon a time – they brought a lot more than just roads and a water supply when they rocked up on the coast in AD 43 – but rather than a history lesson it’s more worth talking about how accessible Italian food is today. By that we mean it’s relatively cheap to prepare compared to some other cuisines and thus cheap to consume. But, it still feels like a treat and it’s still mighty satisfying. The humble, smaller Italian restaurants of Liverpool feel like a homemade meal away from home, while the more modern ones offer as much chicness and luxury as you’ll find anywhere. A meal at any one of Liverpool’s Italian restaurants is a win no matter what.
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    Anglicised or authentic – the choice is yours

    Now, given such popularity over such a period of time, it’s only natural that, as well as authentic Italian fare, you’ll also find dishes at the Italian restaurants around Liverpool that have developed a few British traits. Essentially, dishes you likely wouldn’t find anywhere in Italy. But that’s ok because, as we said, Anglicised or authentic, the choice is yours. Whichever you decide is more up your street and whichever of Liverpool’s Italian restaurants you eventually end up dining at, great tasting and varied food is as good as guaranteed. Antipasti, pizza, pasta and plenty more besides, now it’s time to make your mouth water…
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    Pizza, pizza, so good to us…

    Pizza. Pizza. We’ll say it one more time. Pizza… how hard it is to resist. How easy it is to eat too much. It’s unlikely you’ll find any Italian restaurant in Liverpool that doesn’t serve some form of it and that’s because it’s one of the first things people think of when Italy is brought into conversation. We talked about Anglicised or authentic and with pizza it’s kind of the same story – do you go for classically-topped or do you go modern and experimental? Thin base or thick? Either way, the task once you’ve made your decision is to then finish the whole thing. If you’re sharing, no problem, but only a particularly hungry and brave being orders a pizza to themselves. Liverpool’s Italian restaurants have all bases covered whatever your pizza preferences (or problems are), so have a gander and find one you fancy.
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    Pasta at Liverpool’s Italian restaurants: all shapes, sizes and flavours

    A quick scan of any good Italian restaurant menu in Liverpool will bring plenty of pasta to your attention. Probably penne, likely linguini, maybe macaroni and a chance of cannelloni. Whatever shape you choose will likely taste very similar, we admit, but the texture and the ways they each make up their respective plates? Well, they couldn’t be further apart in that sense. For a layered lasagne that’s brimming with meat, sauce and cheese, a pleasing swirl of tagliatelle or spaghetti that’s fun to eat and better to taste when combined with fresh seafood or vegetables, or keep things simple with penne or fusilli and fresh sauce. The beauty of pasta – in whatever shape – is that it goes with anything, and any kind of Italian restaurant you choose in Liverpool will serve it fresh and proud.
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    Where to look for the best Italian restaurants in Liverpool

    We know, we know, all this talk about what to expect from Liverpool’s Italian restaurants and none about where to find them. But fear not, here’s a rundown. The best place to start is the city centre, specifically around Ropewalks, Duke Street, Hanover Street, that kind of area. There you’ll find great restaurants like Dough Bar, Bellini and The Casa Italia, but truth be told there are gems on almost every corner. Just follow your nose. Fan out away from central Liverpool for Italian restaurants just as good, think Baltic Triangle, Vauxhall and Williamson Square. You’re in for a treat wherever you go, so let the reservations begin. Buon appetito!