8 Best Italian Restaurants in York

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.

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The Olive Tree

10 Tower St, York YO1 9SA Tel: 01904 624433

The Olive Tree has a great location with a fantastic view of Clifford’s Tower.  The menu is centred on seasonal ingredients drawing inspiration from the South of France, Italy, and the Mediterranean.  Locally sourced game, lamb, and beef from Yorkshire. 

The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is popular with celebrities visiting the Barbican Centre (and is a good choice to pair with a show there or at The Grand Opera House).


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Lucia –  Italian York

East, 13 Swinegate, York YO1 8AJ

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

City Centre, 10-12 Blossom St, York YO24 1AE

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.


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Il Paradiso del Cibo, Italian Restaurant Walmgate York

40 Walmgate, York YO1 9TJ

Il Paradiso del Cibo 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.


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Little Italy York

12 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ

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 satisfy the most discerning tastes.


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La Vecchia Scuola, York

62 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ

La Vecchia Scuola is a 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!


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Caesar at the Minster

27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS

Another of the restaurants near York Minster.  From Caesar’s 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.


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Cicchetti Lounge

62 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ

At Cicchetti Lounge, “we invite you on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavors of Italy, where every bite tells a story of tradition, taste, and togetherness. Nestled in one of York’s charming corners, our Italian-themed restaurant is your passport to the enchanting world of Cicchetti, those delightful small plates of Italian goodness that bring friends and family closer over shared moments of gastronomic joy. Our passion for authentic Italian cuisine and our commitment to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere converge here, making Cicchetti Lounge the perfect destination for those seeking a taste of Italy’s culinary treasures.”


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.