5 of the Most Delicious Italian Restaurants in the World

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 By: Josie Sampson

On 25th October, World Pasta Day will hit our plates and our taste buds, allowing us to show our appreciation for this delicious and versatile staple. Whether you’re a culinary expert or you simply enjoy a hearty meal, you can’t go far wrong with this Italian speciality! So, in celebration of World Pasta Day, here we bring you a rundown of five of the world’s very best Italian restaurants. Delizioso!

Hong Kong: Otto e Mezzo

Boasting the accolade of being the only 3 Michelin starred Italian restaurant anywhere outside of Italy, Otto e Mezzo would have every right to be a bit ‘haute couture’ about things. However, this is one fine-dining restaurant that does things a bit differently, with a laidback atmosphere and a reputation for friendliness – indeed, manager Antonio Bombini’s smile is infectious! Located on the second floor of Central’s Alexandra House, Otto e Mezzo is elegantly casual, with a warm and earthy feel, food that needs no introduction and a wine cellar of over 2000 bottles. The name means “8 ½” in Italian, but we wouldn’t hesitate to give Otto e Mezzo 10 out of 10.

202 Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central                                    ottoemezzobombana.com

Mon-Sat: 12 midday–2.30pm & 6.30pm–10.30pm

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São Paulo, Brazil: Due Cuochi Cucina

 Brazil’s São Paulo is a melting pot of culinary culture, offering every type of cuisine you could imagine. But if it’s Italian you’re after, then Due Cuochi Cucina is hands down the restaurant of choice. With its contemporary décor, super cosy feel and atmosphere buzzing with energy, this traditional Italian is a sure-fire with friends and families alike. Lunch reservations aren’t accepted, so be sure to come down early because the hearty food is certainly a popular choice!

R. Manuel Guedes, 93, Itam Bibi, 04536-070                                    duecuochi.com.br

Mon-Thurs: 12 midday-7pm / Friday-Sat: 12 midday-3pm & 4pm-1am / Sun: 11am-5pm

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New York City: Del Posto

Perhaps housed in the grandest setting of the list, Del Posto is certainly an attack on all of the senses. A warmly grandiose building complete with a myriad of dark wood, marble and even an in-house piano player, Del Posto is traditional Italian fare lovingly run by celebrity food personalities, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich. Receiving a glowing 4-star review from The New York Times – the first Italian restaurant to do so in nearly 40 years – Del Posto is the ultimate choice for an Italian delicacy in the heart of New York City.

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011                                    delposto.com

Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-11pm / Sat: 4.30pm-11pm / Sun: 4.30pm-10pm

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London: Zucca

With its modern approach to food and its sleek and minimalist setting, Zucca is surely the cream of the Italian crop in London. Flooded with natural light and pleasant ambience, Zucca is a dreamy place to spend an afternoon lunch – and the food ain’t half bad either! The daily-changing menu allows for seasonal perfections and optimum ingredients, all handpicked for the best combinations.  Top it off with the all-Italian wine list and you’ll soon seen why this is the gem of the already impressive Bermondsey street.

184 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ                                    zuccalondon.com

Tue-Fri: 12-3pm / Sat-Sun: 12-3.30pm / Tue-Sat: 6-10pm

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Rome: Colline Emiliane

Of course, we couldn’t compile this list without including at least one restaurant in Italy itself – and where better to look for delicious inspiration than to Rome. Colline Emiliane is a truly authentic, family-run affair, tucked away from the crowds near the famous Trevi fountain. Specialising in pasta dishes, this place is somewhat of a cult classic to those in the know, managing to retain its homemade feel despite its popularity. Be sure to book a table the day before as this small place can fill up fast – but hey, when even the locals dine there, you know it must be good!

Helpful info

Of course, if you want to celebrate World Pasta Day in true style, head to the city where it all began back in 1995: Rome! Pasta – and indeed Italian cooking – has been practically an institution in Rome for centuries and there’s no better city to indulge your gastronomic desires.

If you’re planning to spend World Pasta Day in Rome on 25th October, be aware that the city may be extra busy and you may need to book to ensure you have somewhere to sleep! Check out the selection at Expedia, who have some great deals on hotels in Rome to help you out.