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There’s something about an Italian restaurant that makes it ideal for both – maybe it’s the warm welcome you’re guaranteed to get or their understanding of the importance of family and friends.
Either way, we’ve got loads of great, authentic Italian eateries in Liverpool, and here are 10 you might just want to visit soon…
It’s chic and it’s stylish; and this Italian go-to could hold its own among the best in the city centre. The family run restaurant on the corner of Aigburth Road aims for that quality dining experience in great surroundings, without losing any of the cosiness and friendly feel you’d hope for. They aim to giver diners ‘the taste of your holidays’ and they do that with an extensive menu – plenty of pasta and mouth-watering meat and seafood specials – along with carefully selected wines from Valpolicella, the famous Abruzzo region, Benevento and Sicily.
Another fab family-owned and run restaurant serving classic Italian food inviting you to ‘celebrate, create lasting memories and share quality time with loved ones in our warm, relaxed and beautiful home away from home’. Owner Vince opened Cucina in 2016 continuing a family legacy which began when his grandfather Francesco Margiotta immigrated to Edinburgh in 1904 and opened a café – Vince’s daughter Gabriella Margiotta is one of its chefs (and an Instagram favourite). No pizzas on the menu, but you will find perfect pasta dishes, and fresh meat and fish favourites like Spiedini di Pesce, chargrilled skewer of prawns, scallop, monkfish, with garlic butter and saffron risotto.
Definitely one of the busiest Italian restaurants, La Famiglia serves lunch and dinner six days a week! It’s a small family business where you’ll find a mix of Italian tradition and more contemporary Sicilian-inspired cooking. They make their own pasta, pastries and cakes daily – which is a definite plus – and they’ve got an Aperitivo Bar where you can soak up the atmosphere drinking classic cocktails – try the Bramble; Sicilian lemon gin, crème de mure and fresh lemon.
The Casa Italia Pizzeria and Pastificcio is one of Liverpool’s longest-established restaurants, well known in the city for more than 40 years. A popular, authentic Italian restaurant, it’s known for its fresh ingredients, generous portions and great value, which mean it’s always a favourite. It’s proud of visits from the likes of Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams over the years – a testament to its reputation for good Italian food – but one very special person keeps a regular eye on the Casa, and that’s Eleanor Rigby who ‘lives’ opposite!
Traditional home-cooked Italian food, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It’s got a fab range of delicious Italian cuisine including freshly made pasta, grilled and pan-fried meat and fish dishes, antipasti, specialty breads and salads. VR says: “Our dedicated team of skilled chefs have worked tirelessly to perfect the art of providing guests with a true taste of genuine Neapolitan pizza, hand made in our kitchen and cooked to perfection.” It has an extensive wine list from exquisite, imported Italian wines to several fantastic house choices.
Situated off Duke Street in the heart of Liverpool, Amalia offers contemporary Italian cuisine, in a great setting. Founders Miguel and Antonio have been working together since 2007. Amalia is Italian for industrious and hardworking – which they say reflects in their work, food and presentation – and it’s also a beautiful, Italian flower that captures the essence of the restaurant! Always a favourite, the award-winning restaurant has a great menu – and a Calzone Challenge for those who brave enough accept it. Eat the whole pizza and you get it for free!
The Italian Club Family is a group of deli restaurants and bakeries and in each of them you’ll find delicious dishes and products served in the ways Italians would eat them at home. Executive chef proprietor Maurizio Pellegrini says: “I wanted to bring a bit of Puglia to Liverpool.” The ‘A La Carte’ menu offers a choice of dishes, well complemented with daily ‘specials’, which reflect local and seasonal availability. “All our dishes are homemade and may sometimes take a little longer to prepare… but the wait will be worth it!” they say.
Trattoria 51 began as a delightful Italian restaurant on Southport Promenade almost 10 years ago when Attilio arrived with cooking experience from around the world, and matched his fresh authentic Italian flavours with excellent value. His seafood is renowned, he reckons his pizzas and pasta are just like you’d enjoy in Italy and he loves to add fresh specials every day. The success of the Southport restaurant led to the opening of Trattoria 51’s second Italian restaurant in Old Hall Street Liverpool, with a full range of Italian favourites, from Polpette to Penne.
Great family-run independent with owners Shoonagh De La Cruz and husband Kevin striving ‘to bring the best in Italian cuisine and hospitality’. Prides itself on being fab for both adults and those with kids, and there’s an extensive menu of pizzas and pastas as well as fish, meat and chicken dishes – and they do a much-praised Sunday Roast.
Recommended dishes include their lasagne, their Filleto di Bistecca and their Pollo Cacciatora.
Castle Street is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and one of them has to be Bacaro which serves up delicious pastas, pizzettes and charcuterie to perfection. Different to some of the other restaurants listed above as Bacaro focuses on small plates giving guests the chance to indulge in lots of different dishes each time they visit.
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