Dining Out with Kids: Our Favorite Italian Restaurants

From Rustic to Modern, Our Guide to the Best Family-Friendly Italian Restaurants around the World

Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta? It’s a go-to in my family; Especially when the little one is feeling particularly picky, I know I’ll be able to find something at an Italian restaurant that she’ll eat!

Which is why we rounded up some of our Nibble+squeak hosts’ favorite Italian spots in their hometowns to share with you:

St. Cecilia  — Atlanta

Talk about authentic — In order to gain a true understanding of Italian cuisine, the chef at this Atlanta establishment has traveled to Italy multiple times, driving across the country, working in kitchens, getting to know the people who make the food that inspires him.

Juniper  — Austin

Northern Italian cuisine meets central Texas influences at this east Austin restaurant. Get to this surprisingly under-the-radar place ASAP… before people start discovering the awesome-ness and the lines start forming.


Source: Juniper ATX

Spiaggia — Chicago

Spiaggia sets the standard for Italian dining, earning four-star reviews, international praise, numerous national awards — and offering Chicago guests an unrivaled experience that honors the heritage of Italy.

Fiola  — Washington D.C.

It’s no wonder this Washington D.C. institution has one Michelin star. The chef’s highly stylized and impressive cooking style is both ultra-luxurious and Italian-influenced.

Bestia — Los Angeles

Bestia is a chef-driven multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District in DTLA by Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. Trust us, the food is as good as the scene.

Source: Bestia

Bocca di Lupo — London

Bocca di Lupo has been a Soho stalwart for almost a decade and is still a contender for the crown of London’s most exciting Italian food.

City House — Nashville

A foodie’s dream, this trendy rustic Italian spot in Germantown Nashville uses area ingredients to create delicious dishes served alongside artisanal cocktails. Think Italian-meets-Southern comfort.

Delfina — San Francisco

A bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District

Maialino — New York

A little bit of Roman comfort in New York’s Gramercy Park. This Danny Meyer concept has a perfect patina — soft woods and checked tablecloths — to ensure that you feel right at home, and the menu makes you feel transported.


Source: Maialino

Vetri — Philadelphia

A rustic eleven table dining room located in Center City Philadelphia, Vetri Cucina specializes in authentic Northern Italian dining featuring homemade pasta. Vetri Cucina has the longstanding reputation as being one of the most respected and influential Italian restaurants in the country.

Il Corvo — Seattle

Il Corvo is located in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle where Chef Mike Easton prepares fresh pasta using artisanal techniques and the finest ingredients. Our 2 cents? Every Neighborhood in America Should Have an Il Corvo.

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