New York, United States Food Guide: 10 Italian food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Watertown

September 3, 2019 Rebbecca Marino

Find out what Italian restaurants to try in Watertown. Watertown is a city in the state of New York and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is situated approximately 20 miles (35 km) south of the Thousand Islands. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 27,023, an increase of 1.2% since 2000. The U.S. Army post Fort Drum is near the city.
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10. Sbarro

1300 Salmon Run Mall Loop W, Watertown, NY 13601-2244 Italian, Pizza +1 315-786-0948

Reviewed By MarchBreakNeeded44

the pizza was amazing, hot and tasty. The pizza sauce was so tasty! For $13 it was well worth it. We only ordered the pizza and it fed 4 for lunch.

9. Bernardo's Pizzeria

702 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601 Italian, Pizza Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 315-782-9500 https://www.bernardosnow.com/

Reviewed By DJK30

I went to Bernardo's Pizza to try out their pizza. I had not heard anyone speak of them, but I've passed the restaurant several times and thought I would stop in. The restaurant is small but clean, the service was friendly, and the prices are reasonable. They serve a variety of Italian style meals and have a variety of Pepsi products. The pizza is rolled out the way you would expect a pizzeria to serve a pizza, thin crust. The toppings were fresh but the sauce was very watered down and tasted like watery ketchup, which took away from the overall flavor. I probably won't order from them again, but I'd recommend them to anyone who was looking for a reasonably priced Italian styled meal.

8. Sbarro

21182 Salmon Run Mall Loop W Ste 124, Watertown, NY 13601 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 315-786-0948 https://sbarro.com/locations/location/96/?utm_source=Yext&utm_medium=yext_directories&utm_campaign=MainWebsiteLink

Home of the original XL NY Slice. Since 1956, Sbarro has been serving the XL NY Slice. Starting with made-daily hand stretched dough, San Marzano style sauce and topped with 100% Whole Milk Mozzarella cheese.

Reviewed By W J B

Just left the restaurant. Really did not want a chain . We had a bottle of wine, a gnocchi appetizer, a grilled tenderloin steak salad, and Fettucine Alfredo with grilled chicken. No room for dessert!Everything, including our waitress was wonderful. I am told they have a new chef, so old reviews may not mean much anymore.

7. Original Italian Pizza

222 N Massey St, Watertown, NY 13601-2404 Pizza, Italian +1 315-786-0000 http://www.oip.com
Original Italian Pizza

Reviewed By bighrt

20 wings for the Super Bowl Sunday game. This was my first visit to OIP and I will go back again. The original wings with honey garlic flavor was the bomb and so delicous. I recommend this place for wings but I don't know much about their pizza. If you are in town you should stop by.

6. Piezanos

1322 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601-4532 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Wheelchair Accessible +1 315-608-3778 http://www.piezanos.pizza/
Piezanos

Reviewed By GmaSandra

Stopped in for lunch after seeing an ad on t.v. We had a small antipasto which was delicious and chock full of salad ingredients. The pizza slices were huge and the best I've had since leaving long island 20 years ago.

5. Savory Downtown

300 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601-3734 American, Bar, Italian, Pub Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +1 315-788-0272 http://www.savorydowntown.com/
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3 based on 65 reviews

Savory Downtown

Reviewed By Mike D

We ate here on Thursday Night and Friday night while staying at the attached Best Western.Thursday -Happy Hour 4 till 6 + $2.00 wine night made for a very busy restaurant. Seven of us for Dinner, served by a very flustered waitress who had difficulty getting the simple orders straight. She was still bringing side dishes when everyone at the table had finished their meals. The food was superb, huge portions and very reasonably priced.Friday-Two of us on a quiet evening, with Trey as our server. Great service, and again excellent food.

4. Art's Jug Restaurant

820 Huntington St, Watertown, NY 13601-2822 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, [email protected] +1 315-782-9764 http://www.artsjug.com
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4 based on 113 reviews

Art's Jug Restaurant

Art's Jug at Huntington St., Watertown, is owned by the Sboro family since 1933. Four generations of the Sboro family continue to carry on the traditions and business principles that have made Art's Jug a highly popular dining destination in Northern New

Reviewed By Charles F

I really hope I can post at least 1 nice thing about Art's Jug but even the interior renovations haven't increased the customer comfort. Our first booth near the kitchen was so loud and drafty we asked our server to move us to another table. Nice thing #1 The waitress was more than happy to move us. I ordered the Sirloin Maison which came with bearnaise sauce and crab meat. The sauce was ok but there was so much shell in the crab I was unable eat any and I still have a bit stuck in my throat. This is the kind of thing the chef should be checking you don't just buy the lowest cost crab and slap it on a plate. My wife's veal Limon was devoid of any lemon flavor and her garlic mashed potatoes weren't warm enough to melt butter. I wish it was better we need additional restaurant choices in our area.We are sorry to hear of your experience. We will look into the crab meat with our chef. Please next time you join us let us know of anything that's not up to your liking while dining with us so we can have a chance to rectify your dining experience that evening.

3. Olive Garden

20988 Salmon Run Mall Loop E, Watertown, NY 13601-2290 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 315-786-2934 http://www.olivegarden.com/locations/ny/watertown/watertown/1823
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4 based on 318 reviews

Olive Garden

Reviewed By CMN14

While Olive Garden can't be described as a gourmet restaurant, it is reliably consistent, reasonably priced and usually quick to get in and out. On top of that, it has some gluten free options, which we appreciate.We each ordered what has come to be our standard Olive Garden meal -- gluten free pasta and marinara sauce for my husband and the minestrone soup and salad combo for me. Our waitress at this location was efficient, though she certainly wasn't overly friendly. All in all, it was a reasonably good experience and met our expectations.

2. Fairground Inn

852 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601-2317 Italian, American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Full Bar +1 315-782-7335 http://colemanrestaurants.com
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4 based on 273 reviews

Fairground Inn

Reviewed By stephanielou66

Have had many prime ribs, but, never as delicious as the one here... Was there a week ago to thoroughly enjoy one, and, going back tonight just to have another!!!!Waitress was great also !

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1. Pete's Trattoria

111 Breen Ave, Watertown, NY 13601-2311 Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 315-486-1675 http://www.petestrattoria.com/
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4 based on 257 reviews

Pete's Trattoria

Reviewed By sherid981

Sauce is different, pasta is different, desserts are different. They try too hard to present the basics. This use to be my favorite restaurant as it was in my family's neighborhood. I believe many people will agree with me that growing up in the area, we had many amazing italian restaurants, this use to be the last great standing reasonably priced restaurant in Watertown. When i last visited the restaurant, , the gnocchis were terrible, the sauce was lacking and bread was hard. Every item I tried or could view from my chair had balsamic glaze on it...just FYI, I don't use balsamic on any item ...won't go back and luckily moved away so I can make my own gnocchi, thanks for the prior Pete's memories!Thanks for trying us and sorry you didn’t care for the gnocchi. We actually retained the kitchen staff when we took over in 2012 and the recipe and prep cook have been the same for 18+ years now. We use balsamic reduction on 5 items and easily can be omitted if requested. Thanks again for coming in on your visit.

Top 10 restaurants in Watertown, United States

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