The 13 best restaurants in Tel Aviv for a little taste of Italy
Susannah and Shlomi Salomon, the owners of Amore Mio, know good Italian food. That’s because the couple traveled to Italy specifically to study the secrets of Italian cuisine. Once they became masters, the duo came back home to share their delicious talents with Tel Aviv. Expertly crafted pastas, pizzas, salads, meat dishes, focaccia, pastries, and traditional Italian desserts grace the menu of the homey restaurant. It’s the perfect place to have a romantic date night, or to take the whole family to enjoy the authentic dishes and fine wine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The two buzz words, “intimate” and “Italian,” are phrases born to live together forever. Like pizza and cheese, pasta and sauce – it’s no surprise the classic restaurant run by chef Nir Wayman imbues a sense of magic inspired by Italy. With awards and a continuously growing fan base, bring your date for the handmade gnocchi, fresh pasta and local produce – and if that doesn’t work out, the food will never fail to draw you into a long life relationship with Mel & Michelle. They’ll snatch your heart and keep you coming back for more.
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.
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.
Chef Yaron Shalev‘s award-winning Toto is known for its highly accomplished Italian dishes, excellent seafood, mounds of innovation and the incredible quality of the ingredients used. With it’s flattering light, clean lines, comfortable seating and a seasonal menu prepared in style, It’s no surprise that Toto is one of the most loved spots for fine dining in Tel Aviv.