Feeling a hankering for Italian? Need to stuff your face with some red sauce? Check out our list of 7 authentic Italian restaurants that are sure to fill you up.
Ranelli’s Deli and Cafe
For 40 years, Ranelli’s has served their delicious sandwiches and pastas in Birmingham’s Southside. Still family-owned and operated, this restaurant serves up great food at great prices. They also offer dine-in and carry-out. Try the Richman’s Po-Boy — it’s world-famous!
You’ll find Joe’s Italian in Alabaster, a suburb of Birmingham. But don’t let that deter you! People drive from miles around to try Mamma’s dishes. With fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, Joe’s serves up house-made pasta dishes and, of course, Mamma’s famous desserts. They serve a sweet selection of cakes and Italian desserts as well.
Owned by a father and his sons, Gianmarco’s is located in the close-knit suburb of Homewood, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham. Gianmarco’s doesn’t require reservations, though they’re definitely recommended. This small space fills up quickly. The restaurant is a local favorite and one of the most popular restaurants in the Iron City.
Giuseppe’s, a family-friendly restaurant, offers hand-made Italian food in Southside. Every morning, they hand-roll the dough, bake the day’s lasagnes, and chop the fresh produce. Giuseppe’s takes reservations by phone. They are open for both lunch and dinner.
A group of first-generation Americans own this restaurant, and they keep things traditional. Whether you order the award-winning meatballs, homemade ravioli or the freshest catch available, you’ll be wanting more. Walk-ins are welcome, though they highly recommend reservations (which you can make online) on Fridays and Saturdays.
A bit different from the rest, Trattoria Central offers breakfast and lunch options, along with Friday dinner and Sunday brunch. They are well-known for their rectangular, Roman-style pizza, but also offer pastas, soups and specials. For breakfast, they boast locally sourced eggs, bread, grits, coffee and milk.
Bottega consists of both a restaurant and a café. Bottega restaurant is only open for dinner, and reservations are recommended. They fuse flavors from the Italian countryside with the American South for some truly delectable dishes. Bottega Café is the more relaxed, low-key version. It is open for lunch and does not take reservations.
No matter your tastes, you are sure to find some of the finest Italian cuisine Alabama has to offer!