No matter if it is the authentic Italian pizza, spaghetti, or risottos that you are looking for, Beijing has some well-received Italian restaurants that will meet your appetite.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Bottega Pizza | Courtesy of Bottega
Bottega in Sanlitun’s Nali Patio is reviewed by many foodies as the best place for Neapolitan pizzas in Beijing. The restaurant’s signature pizza is the Bottega pizza, with an iconic pouch of creamy Burrata cheese resting on the pizza, hot from the masonry oven. You may of course try their tiramisu as dessert, but the chocolate fondant is also among many guests’ recommended list.
Though the family restaurant is located in the heart of the embassy region of Sanlitun, the dishes there are reasonably priced. The restaurant specializes in penne pasta and spaghetti, and it’s especially recommended to order its set menu for two which covers from appetizer to dessert.
Pizzeria, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Italian
The high-end Italian restaurant situated in the Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Residence Compound has a dim lighting and chill-out ambiance that is particularly suitable for dating, and VIP rooms are especially satisfactory for business meetings. It offers contemporary Italian dishes that are devoted to bringing out the original flavor from the best ingredients.
Simply Fresh has a very simplistic interior décor, designed to create an atmosphere for a gathering of friends. You may enjoy your seafood bisque soup, spicy tomato pasta, and opera cake in the garden carefully arranged by the restaurant while appreciating the greeneries on the outside simply by looking through the French door.
Here at the Galleria Food Art, you may dine with six-year-old Pablo Picasso—a statue made from chocolate, and giant paintings drawn with colors from food. The restaurant’s owner is dedicated to blend dining with art. The galleria’s chef, Armin, is Spanish, and loves art and creates contemporary dishes that combine characters from Italian, Spanish, and oriental cuisines.
Named “Shi Ba Cha Shan” in Chinese, located on a hutong lane, and decorated in an unsophisticated orient style, it’s a surprise that the restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. And it’s not just the Italian—the chef, Huang Yan, has studied intensively at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Japan, as well as at restaurants in France and Italy. The exquisite dishes at Shi Ba Cha Shan were created by Master Huang, combining the characters of Italian and Japanese cuisines.
The restaurant is pretty spacious, and has a large open-air dining area that is perfect for family gatherings on a sunny day. The restaurant is said to have the best beef risotto in Beijing. Located close to the Beijing New Exhibition Center in Shunyi District, the La Mezzaluna can be a nice option for those who just finished an exhausting walk-around in an exhibition.
Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Italian
The Mio in the Four Seasons Hotel is regarded by many foodies as the top three Italian restaurants in Beijing. From the focaccia and ciabatta bread to the vegetable soup, lasagna, and gelato, the dishes at the Mio remain top quality and the beauty that you can’t resist to snap a shot of for your social media account.