Read on for our list of the best Italian restaurants in Calgary to discover everything from family run authentic haunts to upscale, refined Tuscan cookery.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
An impressive option for upscale Mediterranean cuisine is the elegant Teatro restaurant. Centered around providing outstanding seasonal dishes, the restaurant’s principal philosophy of quality food and knowledgeable service has been the same since it opened over 20 years ago. The menu reflects the duality of the owner’s family roots in Italy as well as the influence of local producers and the ingredients available from organic suppliers.
Teatro, 200 8 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 290 1012
Prego Cucina Italiana
Hidden away in a rather inauspicious location, Prego Cucina Italiana is nevertheless a great, unpretentious Italian restaurant in Calgary’s downtown Eau Claire shopping centre. Once you make it inside, the place has a bright, airy interior and relaxed atmosphere. The menu is relatively simple, focusing on Italian classics like house made cannelloni and seafood risotto.
Prego Cucina Italiana, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 233 7885
Buon Giorno Ristorante Italiano
Family-owned for almost 30 years, Buon Giorno Ristorante truly succeeds in capturing the essence of Italian hospitality. With a real authentic feel, this is the place to go for delicious pasta dishes, like the traditional spaghetti vongole, as well as their seafood and veal specialities. If you’re really looking to push the boat out, they also offer an l’abbuffata, a two to four course dinner option that includes both an assorted seafood and pasta appetizer, veal, beef and lamb entrée with sides and the daily special dessert.
Buon Giorno Ristorante Italiano, 823 17 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 244 5522
Centini Restaurant & Lounge
Centini is a cozy, intimate restaurant that is perfect for a romantic date night or family celebration. The main menu is full of Italian favorite dishes with a Canadian twist, including plenty of sharing platters that are perfect for groups. The wine list here is also worth a note, due to its great selection of European and international wines and the knowledgeable advice of the maitre d’ team.
Centini Restaurant & Lounge, CTCC, 160 8 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 269 1600
A contemporary take on the traditional trattoria, Bonterra places a central emphasis on Tuscan flavors and fresh, simple ingredients. The choice of dishes is relatively compact and each appears uncomplicated, yet is delivered with a creative twist. The homely yet elegant dining room, combined with exquisite food presentation, makes this a restaurant experience to cherish.
Bonterra Trattoria, 1016 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 262 8480