The Best Italian Restaurants In Berkeley, California

Sicily © Scott Wylie/Flickr
Sicily © Scott Wylie/Flickr
Photo of Jessica Rico
9 February 2017

Whether looking for a spot to have a casual lunch or a fancy night out, you can never go wrong with Italian food. With many Sicilian-inspired meals, you can find Italy right here in the heart of Berkeley, California. From pizza to paninis, let our list of the top Italian restaurants be your guide when you are visiting the city.

Trattoria La Siciliana

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Recognized as one of America’s top Italian restaurants, Trattoria La Siciliana is an outstanding family-run gem in Berkeley. Located on College Avenue, this Sicilian-style restaurant offers homestyle Italian dishes. The antipasti includes an assortment of fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables to get you started. To follow, there are pastas from linguine to rigatoni that are perfected with tantalizing sauces.

Pasta Bene

A local favorite, Pasta Bene is a cozy and casual location to grab a bite to eat at any time of the day. Offering choices from sandwiches to pizzas to pasta, there is something for everyone on the menu. And if you are in a rush, or feel like a night in, Pasta Bene also offers anytime takeout.

Pasta Bene, 2565 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 845 2363


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Located in downtown Berkeley, Corso is a wonderful choice for a special night out. Corso offers a modern take on Italian cuisine while promoting the local and sustainable ingredients used in every meal. Although the menu at Corso changes regularly with the seasons, you can count on quality specialty pastas and salads. Also offered are superb cakes and gelato to finish your meal off

Corso, 1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510-704-8004

PIQ Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Italian, 0
PIQ Bakery
PIQ Bakery | © Sharon Hahn Darlin/Flickr
Right in the heart of Shattuck Square, PIQ Bakery is situated in just the right spot for a pause in your busy day. With both upstairs and outdoor seating, you can have a quick lunch next to the bustling city of Berkeley. PIQ Bakery offers paninis, freshly made pizzas, and an assortment of baked goods.

Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana

Restaurant, Italian
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Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana is found at the entrance to Berkeley’s Asian Ghetto. Its small and cozy ambience is what makes this restaurant an attraction for many to enjoy the best in Italian cuisine. Pastas, calzones, and sandwiches are all made from scratch and served in fast-food style. So, whether you are a college student or just visiting, the low prices that Gypsy’s offers are good for anyone who is looking for an affordable meal.

Lo Coco’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Exploding with flavor, Lo Coco’s Restaurant is a must visit for anyone passing through Berkeley. With a lovely family atmosphere, Lo Coco’s Restaurant delivers unique flavors that will definitely please you. Lo Coco’s has choices of pizza, salad, pasta along with specialty dishes.