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Top 12 Italian restaurants in little Tel Aviv

After dining at these Italian eateries, you’ll forget you’re in Israel and not a romantic Roman piazza

By Jennifer Greenberg
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You might be surprised to find out that this country of hummus and falafel also churns out its fair share of delicious pasta, pizza and cannelloni! With so many delectable options though, how do you choose? We’ve lessened the load by mapping out the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for Italian cuisine. Head over to these tried-and-true Italian joints for a sinfully wonderful carb fix. 

The 12 best restaurants in Tel Aviv for a little taste of Italy

Cucina Hess 4 © Hila Feler

1. Cucina Hess 4

Restaurants Tel Aviv City Center

Quite possibly one of the most charming restaurants in Tel Aviv is this sweet little spot, on the corner of an unassuming street off of Allenby, home to a minimalist, one-room dining room fit with a handful of tables, white doily tablecloths and glistening wine glasses. Chef Tamar Cohen Tzedek has been churning out Italian classics for three years now out of this humble, yet sophisticated eatery, but she has been a consistent go-to on the Tel Aviv restaurant scene for 15 years with previous restaurants like Vince & Tamar and Cucina Tamar. 

Pronto © Anatoly Michaello

2. Pronto

Restaurants Italian White City

From the kitchen of young and acclaimed Chef David Frankel, Pronto’s dedication to seasonal ingredients, homemade pastas and inspirational elements in every dish make this place stand out. Nestled behind Rothschild Blvd, the pleasant aromas of marinara and fresh parmigiano will tantalize your senses. Step out of Israel for the evening and into an Italian home kitchen where Frankel’s attention to detail is apparent in his regular menu and creative seasonal and dinner menus.

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La Repubblica Ronimotti © Eyal Revach

3. La Repubblica Ronimotti

Restaurants Italian White City

When Roni Belfer and Motti Sofer created La Repubblica, they strove to develop a restaurant that upheld their core culinary values of creating local, seasonal and fresh food, while continuously preserving rich Italian culinary heritage. Many of the restaurant’s vegetables and herbs are grown fresh in their very own backyard garden. 

Ernesto
Ernesto
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4. Ernesto 90

Restaurants Italian Tel Aviv City Center

As if ripped out of a scene straight from a 1980s movie in the heart of Italy, this affordable and eccentric restaurant has a slew of loyal diners that continue to return night after night. It’s no surprise why either. Their mouth watering lasagna that’s large enough to float amongst your friends and still feel full, is rich, creamy and delectable.

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Magazzino
Magazzino
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5. Magazzino

Restaurants Italian White City

Nearly always buzzing with a young, hip crowd, Magazzino serves up Italian comfort food at reasonable prices. The tabun (clay oven) is just as busy as the atmosphere with creative pizzas coming out at all times, from the classics to funky renditions like the chili cheese and gorgonzola or the spicy eggplant version.  A fun spot for cocktails and bites.  

Italkia BaPishpeshim
Italkia BaPishpeshim
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6. Italkia BaPishpeshim

Restaurants Italian Shuk HaPishpeshim

Located in the heart of Shuk HaPishpeshim (Jaffa Flea Market) is this charming Italian restaurant with a warm and lively presence. Tables with bright and colorful gingham tablecloths line the cobblestone road outside. Everything is handmade, from the artisan breads and pizzas to the lip-smacking pastas and the melt-in-your mouth gnocchi. 

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Quattro Restaurant
Quattro Restaurant
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7. Quattro

Restaurants Italian Sarona

Quattro’s modern interpretation of Italian cuisine pairs perfectly with its electric and extraordinary interior. Guests at the restaurant will instantly find themselves in the presence of fine food, sublime service, and a menu that features a wide range of Italian options. Focusing on light, innovative plates, Quattro puts a modern Mediterranean spin on the classic Italian meal. With an extensive wine list, full bar, and daily specials, first timers will find themselves coming back again and again.

Rustico © Ben Yuster

8. Rustico

Restaurants Italian Old North

Huddled in the newly opened Sarona is an historic German Templar compound established in the 19th century that now flaunts a slew of boutiques and restaurants fit for couples, friends and families. Third time's the charm as Rustico’s other two branches in Tel Aviv are humming with patrons from all over the world. Begin with beef Carpaccio and a fresh salad, take a breather with a gorgeously homemade brick-stone oven focaccia and end off slurping up a perfectly creamy pasta. 

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Cantina
Cantina
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9. Cantina

Restaurants Italian White City

If you want to feel the glamorous side of Tel-Aviv, the Cantina is where you’ll want to go. It's well known for the numerous sightings of famous Israeli actors and public figures, so if you’re looking to spot some stars, you’ve come to the right place. The menu features a variety of authentic Italian dishes from penne vodka to rich ravioli. The restaurant features a large patio overlooking the iconic Rothschild Boulevard, making Cantina the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh pasta and cocktails while watching the people pass by the beautiful tree-lined boulevard.

Beccafico
Beccafico
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10. Beccafico

Restaurants Pizza White City

Fittingly located in Neve Tzedek, the most romantic and quaint neighborhood in Tel Aviv, lies a lovely little authentic Italian restaurant named Beccafico. The menu here changes often, as they serve only the freshest produce that’s in season. It can be a challenge to find a truly well-made pizza in Israel, but take solace in the fact that Beccafico lovingly creates other-worldly homemade pies with thin and crispy crust. And don’t forget to put on some decadent toppings such as goat cheese, sweet potato, and smoked goose. 

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