6 Best Italian Restaurants in Tucson, AZ

While only a two-hour drive away from the Phoenix area, Tucson has its own vibe, its own traditions, and yes — even its own favorite restaurants. Are you wondering what the best Italian restaurants in Tucson are? We’ve got a list for you!

Caruso’s

434 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

A family-owned restaurant since 1938, this Tucson staple represents the community and tradition, and has been offering a quaint atmosphere and superb Italian food for so long. Have a seat on their delightful patio setting while digging into a cannoli! 

Mama Louisa’s

2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711

This landmark of Tucson’s cuisine landscape has featured homemade pasta and Italian sandwiches for over 50 years. A chef at this Italian restaurant was featured in Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, in a competition aptly named “Nothin’ But Noodles”.

Renee’s Organic Oven — Tucson

7065 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715

Love Italian food, but have a specific dietary restriction? Renee’s Tucson is a compact kitchen that offers various eats, including gluten free pizzas and vegan meals, to boot! If that’s not enough, just know that it’s another restaurant whose work is featured on the Food Network, in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!

Vero Amore

2920 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712

From making magnificently plated appetizers and palate pleasers like the rustic burrata to the show-stopping tableside creation of a house fettuccine alfredo con prosciutto, this Italian restaurant in Tucson makes a true spectacle out of its expertise in Neapolitan cuisine.

Vivace Restaurant

6440 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718

Northern Italy’s best cuisine has found its way to Arizona, where it made its home at Vivace. Whether it’s a first course like the seafood stuffed portabella mushrooms or if you make it all the way to the dinner course of pork parmigiana or the fish of the day, you’ll be stunned by the quality and the sheer lusciousness of every elegant bite.

Zona 78

7301 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715

This Italian-inspired restaurant was the first to receive an Arizona license for charcuterie! Zona 78 is famous for its cured meats, diverse bruschetta, and no-waste policy. The delicious food distinguishes this restaurant in the Tucson community as a unique, family-owned experience and a unique credit to the foodservice industry.

Featured image credit: Vero Amore

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