Best Italian Restaurants in Calgary

When it comes to high quality Italian restaurants, Calgary is spoiled for choice.

Chef Guiseppe Di Gennaro making a pappardelle ragu at Cotto. Photograph by Jared Such.

*Listed in alphabetical order.

Bread and Circus Trattoria Romana

Entering this trattoria tucked behind the Una Takeaway counter is like stumbling upon a hidden gem on some Roman back street. Come hungry to ensure there’s room for antipasti.

616 17 Ave. S.W., 403-476-3615,


Cotto Italian Comfort Food

Giuseppe Di Gennaro is a chef synonymous with impeccable Italian dishes. At Cotto, he takes a comfort-food approach with fresh pastas, the chef’s signature arancini and a Milanese pork chop worth returning for.

314D 10 St. N.W., 587-356-4088,



Jam-packed with diners at meal times, Mercato is a lively spot where you will be well fed on salads, risottos, pasta and meats while you get to watch the action in the open kitchen. Grab Italian staples, produce and deli items from the market for an Italian feast at home.

2224 4 St. S.W., 403-263-5535,



It’s the casual charm combined with hearty Italian eats that keep us coming back to Tavernetta. With co-owner Chris McKinnon warmly chatting with guests as plates of seasonal pastas and salads come out of the small, central kitchen, it’s like going for dinner at a friend’s house.

1002 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-250-8894,



Teatro’s longevity and reputation for being a top restaurant in the city is a testament to both the classic Italian food coming from the kitchen and impeccable service on the floor.

200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012,

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Update: This article has been changed from its originally published form to reflect that Tony Migliarese is not longer the co-owner of Tavernetta. 

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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