October 12, 2020

The 25 Best Italian Restaurants in Cleveland, According to Yelp Rankings

We all love some hearty Italian food from time to time. Or, well, all the time. And lucky for us in Cleveland, there's an abundance of great options. These are the 25 best options, at least according to Yelp reviewers. We excluded Italian restaurants that are more known as pizza places.

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 Molto Bene Italian Eatery
18401 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
“If you're on the hunt for authentic Italian cuisine, but don't want to head over to Little Italy on the East Side, Molto Bene is your place. The pasta is fresh and delicate as if it were just made by your Nonna, and the sauces are flavorful and delicious.  The gnocchi is my favorite, and I am lucky that they allow me to slightly alter the dish and serve it with vodka cream sauce, delizioso! My taste buds are in heaven!,” Dana W. on Yelp.
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Molto Bene Italian Eatery

18401 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

“If you're on the hunt for authentic Italian cuisine, but don't want to head over to Little Italy on the East Side, Molto Bene is your place. The pasta is fresh and delicate as if it were just made by your Nonna, and the sauces are flavorful and delicious. The gnocchi is my favorite, and I am lucky that they allow me to slightly alter the dish and serve it with vodka cream sauce, delizioso! My taste buds are in heaven!,” Dana W. on Yelp.

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 The Palazzo
10031 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
“I can't get over what a wonderful place this is! If you are a fan of classic Italian food, this is absolutely a place to check out...The food is wonderful...The pastas are rich and flavorful, the calamari sauteed to perfection, the herbs are just picked fresh, everything is expertly crafted by someone who clearly knows what they are doing. The menu covers all the bases with pastas, pizzas, fresh fish, desserts, steaks, you name it. I will definitely be back for more!” Jared W. on Yelp
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The Palazzo

10031 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

“I can't get over what a wonderful place this is! If you are a fan of classic Italian food, this is absolutely a place to check out...The food is wonderful...The pastas are rich and flavorful, the calamari sauteed to perfection, the herbs are just picked fresh, everything is expertly crafted by someone who clearly knows what they are doing. The menu covers all the bases with pastas, pizzas, fresh fish, desserts, steaks, you name it. I will definitely be back for more!” Jared W. on Yelp

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 Aldo’s
8459 Memphis Ave., Cleveland
“If you are an Italian food fan and haven't been here yet, you are missing something special.  The fact Aldo put a little Italian restaurant in a tiny shopping strip mall in a nondescript suburb and it has not only succeeded but THRIVED for 30+ years speaks volumes as to just how special it is. Last night's dinner was a study in seafood/pasta perfection. It's our favorite Italian restaurant in the area, period. There are many that do a fine job but there's just one Aldo's. If you haven't been, GO,” Alan S. on Yelp
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Aldo’s

8459 Memphis Ave., Cleveland

“If you are an Italian food fan and haven't been here yet, you are missing something special. The fact Aldo put a little Italian restaurant in a tiny shopping strip mall in a nondescript suburb and it has not only succeeded but THRIVED for 30+ years speaks volumes as to just how special it is. Last night's dinner was a study in seafood/pasta perfection. It's our favorite Italian restaurant in the area, period. There are many that do a fine job but there's just one Aldo's. If you haven't been, GO,” Alan S. on Yelp

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 Lockkeepers
8001 Rockside Rd., Valley View
“Lockkeepers has been a gem in Cleveland for a long time, and has managed to stay on top and stay popular with great food and great service in a beautiful setting. Their entrees are all reasonably priced, and from the time you are greeted at the hosting stand and throughout your entire experience you feel welcome. Service is prompt without feeling rushed, and attentive without feeling overbearing. It is a great place for a business lunch or a night out. Thank you Lockkeepers for another great experience!” Alex H. on Yelp
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Lockkeepers

8001 Rockside Rd., Valley View

“Lockkeepers has been a gem in Cleveland for a long time, and has managed to stay on top and stay popular with great food and great service in a beautiful setting. Their entrees are all reasonably priced, and from the time you are greeted at the hosting stand and throughout your entire experience you feel welcome. Service is prompt without feeling rushed, and attentive without feeling overbearing. It is a great place for a business lunch or a night out. Thank you Lockkeepers for another great experience!” Alex H. on Yelp

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 ‘Stino da Napoli
19070 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River
“This is one of our favorite places to go for a great Italian meal. The food is always good and the service is the best. I am particularly fond of the gnocchi.  It melts in your mouth. My husband likes the veal and seafood dishes. I also love the basil martini. Tasty! The ambience of the restaurant is wonderful. This is a date night must,” Judi S. on Yelp
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‘Stino da Napoli

19070 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River

“This is one of our favorite places to go for a great Italian meal. The food is always good and the service is the best. I am particularly fond of the gnocchi. It melts in your mouth. My husband likes the veal and seafood dishes. I also love the basil martini. Tasty! The ambience of the restaurant is wonderful. This is a date night must,” Judi S. on Yelp

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 Lago East Bank
1091 West 10th St., Cleveland
“We loved it all. Environment. Service. Food. Price. This place is amazing. You have got to order the meatballs. Heavenly like being in Italy. I had the shorts ribs. They were cooked to perfection. Mouthwatering. Thanks to Mittens, our server, her suggestions were perfect. The menu has a wide variety of options and portions. Can't wait to go back,” Tom S. on Yelp
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Lago East Bank

1091 West 10th St., Cleveland

“We loved it all. Environment. Service. Food. Price. This place is amazing. You have got to order the meatballs. Heavenly like being in Italy. I had the shorts ribs. They were cooked to perfection. Mouthwatering. Thanks to Mittens, our server, her suggestions were perfect. The menu has a wide variety of options and portions. Can't wait to go back,” Tom S. on Yelp

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 Flour
34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills
“Flour is one of the best Italian restaurants in town, without a doubt. This gem in Moreland Hills serves up delicious Italian cuisine in a chic and trendy atmosphere. The mussels and stuffed peppers are wonderful appetizers. The bolognese is one of the best I’ve ever had. The pizzas are great too and so are the eggplant meatballs. You really can’t go wrong with whatever you get here. It’s phenomenal,” Mitch T. on Yelp
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Flour

34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

“Flour is one of the best Italian restaurants in town, without a doubt. This gem in Moreland Hills serves up delicious Italian cuisine in a chic and trendy atmosphere. The mussels and stuffed peppers are wonderful appetizers. The bolognese is one of the best I’ve ever had. The pizzas are great too and so are the eggplant meatballs. You really can’t go wrong with whatever you get here. It’s phenomenal,” Mitch T. on Yelp

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 Johnny’s Bar
3164 Fulton Rd., Cleveland
“Now, look--this is the most special restaurant in Cleveland.  The portions were huge and absolutely delicious.  This is hands down the best restaurant in my opinion.  I have been eating here for 33 years and it is always special,” David C. on Yelp
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Johnny’s Bar

3164 Fulton Rd., Cleveland

“Now, look--this is the most special restaurant in Cleveland. The portions were huge and absolutely delicious. This is hands down the best restaurant in my opinion. I have been eating here for 33 years and it is always special,” David C. on Yelp

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 Mia Bella
12200 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland
“Mia Bella has become one of my favorite restaurants. I have visited this restaurant many times since moving here and brought newcomers too. Till this day, the only way I can get my Northeast friends and family to visit is by promising to bring them to Mia Bella. I have tried many dishes here but my favorites have been pasta verde, cheese tortellini, shrimp saganaki, and of course, their complimentary pipin' hot bread and herbed butter. I am dreaming about my next visit,” Connie C. on Yelp
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Mia Bella

12200 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland

“Mia Bella has become one of my favorite restaurants. I have visited this restaurant many times since moving here and brought newcomers too. Till this day, the only way I can get my Northeast friends and family to visit is by promising to bring them to Mia Bella. I have tried many dishes here but my favorites have been pasta verde, cheese tortellini, shrimp saganaki, and of course, their complimentary pipin' hot bread and herbed butter. I am dreaming about my next visit,” Connie C. on Yelp

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 Bruno’s Ristorante
2644 West 41st St., Cleveland
“The best Italian spot in Cleveland! The food, service, and atmosphere are amazing. We celebrated our 6 year anniversary here and our server was exceptional. We got fried calamari, scallops, and chicken Marsala. They were also so kind to include a complimentary dessert, which was delicious. Definitely recommend Bruno's for any special event!” Rachel R. on Yelp
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Bruno’s Ristorante

2644 West 41st St., Cleveland

“The best Italian spot in Cleveland! The food, service, and atmosphere are amazing. We celebrated our 6 year anniversary here and our server was exceptional. We got fried calamari, scallops, and chicken Marsala. They were also so kind to include a complimentary dessert, which was delicious. Definitely recommend Bruno's for any special event!” Rachel R. on Yelp

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