11 Best Italian Restaurants in York 2021

Italian restaurants York – Looking for a great Italian Restaurant in York?  Whether it’s pizza, pasta or calzones that float your boat, here are a few of our favourite Italian restaurants in York City Centre. See also our top ten family friendly restaurants in York.



18 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA

Piccolino is an upscale Italian restaurant situated on Ouse Bridge.  They have a good range of steaks from both the UK and Canada.  “Specialising in the best steak cuts from around the world, provided by our very own butchers in Cheshire.”  Excellent service and attractive décor make this a great Italian restaurant for a special occasion.

Read our full review of Piccolino here on our other site dedicated to all things York!

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Spaghetti al Frutti di Mare – Wild red prawn, mussels, palourde clams, calamari, tomato & chilli at Piccolino


Lucia –  Italian York

Swinegate, York

From their website: Experience al fresco dining with Lucia, the perfect destination whatever the occasion. Join us in our York, Harrogate & Beverley restaurants and lounge bars for exquisite Italian food, world class cocktails, wines, beers and good times.

Have a look at our review of Lucia here.

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The meat sharing board at Lucia


Delrio’s Sardinian Restaurant York

Micklegate, York

I have eaten in Delrio’s many times in the past, it has a lovely ambience.  Described as ‘The little Italian restaurant down the stairs by Micklegate’ this perfectly sums it up.  Nice independent long standing Italian restaurant in York. Fab Sardinian restaurant York.



Il Paradiso del Cibo, Italian Restaurant Walmgate York

Italian Restaurant Walmgate, York

This is another restaurant in York I haven’t tried yet but comes recommended by a local family. In her words, “little friendly Italian, amazing food, and they love children, one of the best Italian restaurants in York”. The menu looks fab too.  Walmgate and Fossgate have lots of great restaurants.


Best Italian Restaurants York

La Piazza Italian York

Goodramgate, York

Traditional and authentic Italian restaurant in York.  Located in a very pretty looking medieval building.  From its website: Our menu features authentic South Italian dishes, freshly prepared by the experienced chefs at La Piazza York. With its welcoming and warm atmosphere, our restaurant is an ideal venue for parties, private functions or a romantic meal for two. Our comprehensive menu includes delectable antipasti starters, main courses and desserts.


Little Italy York

Italian Restaurants Goodramgate York

One of the restaurants near York Minster.  Little Italy York – From their website: Little Italy is one of York’s finest family run Italian restaurants!  Nestled between York Minster and Monk Bar “Little Italy” was established by owners Andrea & Mandy Gaias in January 1992, and as a result of endless dedication have built up an enviable reputation as one of York’s finest Italian restaurants offering gourmet cuisine to satify the most discerning tastes.

Scamorza Arancini Sicilian rice balls filled with spinach and smoked mozzarella at Carluccio's York.
Scamorza Arancini –  Sicilian rice balls filled with spinach and smoked mozzarella at Carluccio’s York.

La Vecchia Scuola, York

Petergate York

Fine dining Italian restaurant in a beautiful historic building in the centre of York.  A bit of history from the website: If La Vecchia Scuola’s walls could talk they would have incredible tales to tell! That’s because our opulent restaurant is set in a 300-year-old building with a dynamic and colourful history.  Before it became La Vecchia Scuola, 62 Low Petergate was the address of York College for Girls; before that it was a doctor’s residence; and before that it was the house of a lawyer who worked for the Church of England. And going right back to Roman times, a fortress stood on this very spot!

Italian Restaurants in York City Centre

Bari Ristorante Italian York

The Shambles

An Italian restaurant in York city centre that has been there for many years and still stands the test of time.  Known affectionately in my younger days as ‘Barry’s Caff’, Ristorante Bari is located in the beautiful Shambles, which gives it a lovely atmosphere. One of the Italian restaurants in York Shambles.


Lantica Locanda York

The Shambles

Another of the Italian restaurants in York Shambles.  From their website: Situated  as it is on The Shambles in the heart of the City of York, this restaurant has been established for over ten years.  Its menu offers an unusual variety of Italian dishes, some of them specialities of Puglia and Sardinia.  The atmosphere is about as Italian as you can get and the cosy upstairs restaurant area provides a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy Shambles, with Italian music and a superb décor  transporting the diner straight into ‘a piece of Southern Italy’.  A great spot for Italian food York.

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Stone baked salami pizza at Lucia York


Caesar’s Italian Food York

Goodramgate York

Another of the restaurants near York Minster.  From their website: All of our dishes are homemade and we only use the freshest, best quality ingredients. Our selections include traditional Italian pizzas, pastas, risottos, fish and meat specialities and wide range of great Italian wines. Our desserts are made from scratch and include favourites such as tiramisu, Italian gelatos.


Silvano’s Italian Restaurants York

Micklegate York

Another long established independent Italian restaurant in York.  From the website: Head Chef and Proprietor Silvano Scanu brings you the finest Italian cuisine from our peaceful restaurant located in picturesque York. Silvano’s uses the freshest ingredients and traditional recipes to bring you a dining experience you can really sink your teeth into.




Great Italian Restaurants, York

York has so many fabulous restaurants!  Also have a look at my post for Thai Restaurants in York or Indian Restaurants in York.  Or if you are looking for child friendly restaurants or if you want to go upmarket and sample one of the Michelin Starred Restaurants in Yorkshire.