The Three Best Italian Restaurants in Downtown Tampa

Everyone loves a little Italian flair – the right dish paired with the perfect wine and the right environment is just what is needed after a day or work or play. Fortunately Tampa has some awesome Italian Restaurants, and many are downtown. Whether it’s fettucine alfredo, signature lasagna or a more daring dish, these restaurants are prepared to deliver a welcome punch to your taste buds!


The Three Best Italian Restaurants in Tampa

  • Uncle Giuseppe’s Wood Fired Pizza and Market
  • TamPiz
  • Forbici Modern Italian

Uncle Giuseppe’s Wood Fired Pizza and Market is located downtown at  218 East Davis Blvd., and offers grocery, takeout, and delivery. Their claim to fame is authentic Italian Pizza and fresh cannolis made daily. They have tables inside and outside if you wish to dine there, and have a large variety of pasta, including gluten free. It has a five-star review on Yelp, so give it a try!

TamPiz is described by one Yelp user as a “little hidden gem” located at 113 South Hyde Park Avenue in downtown Tampa, and also offers pizza and other Italian dishes, but also food with a French Flair. Something for everyone at TamPiz – boasting fresh mozzarella and French pastries made daily, there’s a dish and a price range for everyone. It has over 100 reviews and 4.5 star rating on Yelp.

Forbici Modern Italian is at 1633 West Snow Avenue in downtown Tampa, and it has only been open a couple weeks, but has reviewers raving over the Cacio e Pepe and their Moscow Mules. It is trendy and completely remodeled with a fresh urban appeal and a lively environment. Don’t be intimidated by the trendiness, though – the old Italian standbys of Eggplant Parmesan and lasagna are available as well is Pinot Noir, perfect for a first date!

If you’re looking for some good Italian food, there are many restaurants to choose from, but these are some personal favorites in the Downtown Tampa area that will tickle your taste buds without necessarily breaking your wallet. Yelp reviewers report that all three establishments were happy to make special-orders and also corrected any mistakes with a smile. That’s the type of good Italian hospitality that vacationers and locals are looking for in Tampa. Whether you live there or are visiting, give one of these Italian restaurants a try the next time you’re downtown.

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