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. If you are looking for places to dine for lunch or dinner, we have compiled a list of popular Italian restaurants in Tucson, AZ you need to visit.
434 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
The first place that comes to mind when I think of Italian food in Tucson is Caruso’s. This family owned Italian restaurant has been around since 1938 and will continue to live on for years to come with their fresh authentic Italian cuisine, large dinner portions and great service. Try out their famous spaghetti carbonara with a glass of Chianti out on their lovely patio then take a stroll around Fourth Avenue for a beautiful evening.
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”.
7065 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715
Love Italian food, but have a specific dietary restriction? Renee’s Organic Oven in 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 Italian restaurant whose work is featured on the Food Network, in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!
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.
2890 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
If you’re looking for an elegant restaurant in Tucson, AZ that is sure to impress your date or dinner party, you need to go to Tavolino Ristorante Italiano. Not only is their northern Italian cuisine authentic, it’s award winning. Start the night off with their refreshing prosciutto and melon appetizer. Next, try their rich and creamy lasagna and pair it with a Pierre Leon Pinot Noir. You can enjoy your cuisine al fresco as well!
4911 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85704
The pizza at Scordato’s is on another level. Seriously! If you haven’t had a slice, or two, or three of their mouth watering artisan pizza you are missing out. The smoky crust and high quality gourmet toppings will leave you amazed. Try their pizza Margherita and end the night with a creamy almond praline gelato. Che buono!
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 the Italian food at this restaurant.
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.
1110 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745
Bianchi’s has been serving Italian cuisine since the 70s and the quality of the food and service is why they’ve been around for so long. This family owned and operated restaurant is open every day of the week and serves classic Italian cuisine as well as some American eats like burgers and wings. Try their amazing home-made specialty pizzas and end the night with their chocolate suicide cake.
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