The Best Italian Restaurants In Berkeley, California

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Jessica Rico

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.

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.


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

Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana

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

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.

La Note

La Note is a charming French-inspired restaurant located in the heart of Berkeley, California. The restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere that transports diners to the French countryside, complete with vintage furnishings, floral tablecloths, and quaint décor. The menu features classic French dishes with a modern twist, showcasing the best of seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. The breakfast and brunch options are especially popular, with mouth-watering dishes such as their famous lavender-infused pancakes and quiches.

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