The Best Italian Restaurants In Seoul, South Korea

Photo of Chrissy Pak
9 February 2017

Korean citizens love their food, and that culinary passion shows in the thousands of Korean restaurants that fill the streets of South Korea’s capital. Yet, for the traveler fancying a touch of Europe, Seoul also offers some good and fairly authentic Italian cuisine. We pick the best pasta spots here.

Seoul city skyline | © mariusz kluzniak/Flickr


Grano delivers a contemporary Korean twist to classic Italian cuisine. Located in a quiet area on the south shore of the Han River, Grano offers privacy whether you choose to sit inside or on the balcony outside. With large 50-inch tv screens often tuned to the current soccer match, Grano is the perfect destination for the dedicated sports fan with a taste for Italian.

1F 645-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, + 82 2 540 1330

The Kitchen, Salvatore Cuomo

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
The Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo, Seoul
The Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo, Seoul | © Sharon Ang/Pixabay
Located in the upscale fashion district, Sinsa-dong, The Kitchen is every bit as chic and sleek as its surroundings might suggest. With upbeat music, a contemporary design, and a spacious terrace for outdoor dining during clement weather, The Kitchen provides a modern, trendy ambience along with authentic Italian cuisine.

Paolodemaria Fine Trattoria

Featuring a dessert trolley that offers at least 10 different choices of cakes and pies, Paolodemaria Fine Trattoria understands the need to feed a sweet tooth. Each dessert is made at the restaurant from scratch, and customers can choose three different options. Desserts aside, the restaurant is also renowned for its high quality Italian pasta.

Daesagwan-ro 31-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 599 9936

Tiramisu | © Alexis Fam/Flickr

Di Matteo

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Di Matteoh Daehakro, Seoul
Di Matteoh Daehakro, Seoul | © Yuichi Sakuraba/Flickr
Featuring authentic Napoli pizza, the restaurant Di Matteo centers around an enormous pizza oven, which takes up most of the first floor. The décor features an old-world, colonial-style charm as well as proudly displaying the various awards which Di Matteo has won over the years.

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