Top 10 Italian food in Rochester, New York, United States

December 13, 2019 Claudia Navarrete

Discover Restaurants offering the best Italian food in Rochester, New York, United States. From family-friendly activities to professional sports teams, museums and galleries, Rochester has something for everyone. Enjoy the scenic Erie Canal, Genesee River and Lake Ontario. Don't miss the Strong National Museum of Play (America's second-largest children's museum) or the International Museum of Photography. Be sure to sample one of Rochester's famous "white hots," Rochester's version of the hotdog! And don't miss the nearby Finger Lakes region with its wine trails and gorges.
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10. Panzari's Italian Bistro

321 Exchange Blvd, Rochester, NY 14608-2708 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Table Service [email protected] +1 585-546-7990 http://www.panzarisitalianbistro.com/
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4 based on 101 reviews

Panzari's Italian Bistro

Reviewed By L F

I was at Panzari Italian Bistro for lunch. The salad special sounded interesting, so I ordered it. It was mostly Romaine and Iceberg lettuces with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olive, and thin slices of gyro-type meat. In other words, it was your basic Greek salad served with tzaziki dressing. Imagine my surprise when I received my bill for an $18.00 salad. I have had few salads worth $18, but this one did not come even close. The wines are marked up triple or more from retail. Service was pleasant, but not speedy. The adjacent table ordered a second round of wine and it took 15-20" before it arrived. The food was fresh, but unremarkable.

9. Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant

920 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626-3467 Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Table Service +1 585-723-9988 http://www.fedelesbrookhouse.com/
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4 based on 150 reviews

Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant

Reviewed By Karma203

My wife, her extended family and I went for dinner at this restaurant. It was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant has a very nice environment both inside and outdoors--we put photos. They quickly accommodated us especially a disabled guest who needed seating modified. The servers were cheerful, friendly and helpful. The food came quickly and was piping hot fresh and tasty. As we started eating, the owner Red ( he has run this place apparently for decades) came and talked with us in a friendly, warm welcoming manner. Its clear the restaurant and its staff have adopted his values of being a gracious welcoming host to clients.The portions were good sized--3 teenage boys felt full, I was stuffed.An excellent Italian restaurant in Rochester, definitely worth trying.The server

8. Lamplighter Restaurant

831 Fetzner Rd (Corner of Maiden Lane), Rochester, NY 14626-1897 Italian, American Dinner Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 585-225-2500 http://Lamplighterrestaurant.com
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4 based on 109 reviews

Lamplighter Restaurant

The Lamplighter restaurant was established in 1970. It's located at 831 Fetzner Rd, near the corner of Maiden Lane, in a quaint little shopping area off the busy highway [Ridge Rd. W. Rt 104] , Right down the road from the Greece Marriott Hotel Once you e

Reviewed By FoxJT

Really enjoyed my most recent experience. Happy hour specials are good. Nice app list and meals were good too. It's expensive though so look for the deals Thank you for your review and visiting the lamplighter!! I'm glad enjoyed the food and atmosphere!! We have expanded our menu to accommodate both casual items and higher end items as well , the price range for ENTREES is anywhere between $12- $37. Thank you for your business Lisa Seifert

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7. Osteria Rocco

165 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607-3526 Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 585-454-3510 http://www.roccorochester.com/
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4 based on 137 reviews

Osteria Rocco

Reviewed By Steven S

Just had an amazing evening at Rocco’s. Warm and friendly with outstanding cuisine. Don’t leave until Mark sings...he trained voice at Eastman. Started we’re buffalo and heirloom tomatoes...so ripe and seeet. The buffalo was creamy and tangy. Then pulpo on skewers. Then pizza del giorno. The steak. Then now vin santo but something Mark recommended. When he’s not doing an aria, the soundtrack is pure blues with a focus on Van Morrison. Could be the perfect restaurant. And your wallet won’t mind a bit. Amazing value. Thanks for making a trip to Rochester so tasty!

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6. Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria

573 Clinton Ave S, Rochester, NY 14620-1131 American, Bar, Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations, Parking Available [email protected] +1 585-232-8558 http://www.napawoodfired.com
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4 based on 161 reviews

Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria

OUR MISSION At Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria, we truly believe the emotion put into preparing food affects its final quality and taste. We strive to prepare homemade, fresh, & creative food to be enjoyed in a relaxing gathering place with good friends and fami

Reviewed By 187hughk

This restaurant looks nice, cozy, and comfortable on the inside. I would imagine, with all hard-wood interiors, that it gets very loud on a busy weekend dinnertime. We were the only people eating there for lunch on the day of our visit. The food was quite good--pear and gorgonzola salad and a Margherita pizza. The undoing of an otherwise-excellent experience was our server, who seemed utterly indifferent to our presence. She had ZERO other customers and was slooooooooow.

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5. Tony D’s

288 Exchange Blvd, Rochester, NY 14608-2707 Italian, Pizza, American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Television +1 585-413-3640 http://tonyds.net
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4 based on 248 reviews

Tony D’s

Reviewed By Archited2013

Very good restaurant in Corn Hill Landing. Right on the river. Nice in the summer for walking after lunch. Parking can be difficult. Very good food and service. Wood fired pizzas and good pasta dishes.

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4. Delmonico's Italian Steak House

125 White Spruce Blvd, Rochester, NY 14623-1607 American, Steakhouse, Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +1 585-424-4242 http://www.delmonicositaliansteakhouse.com/
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4 based on 328 reviews

Delmonico's Italian Steak House

Reviewed By Tracey B

I have taken both my employees and one of our customers here. Great atmosphere. We sat in a private room with curtains. Filet Mignon was delicious. Drinks are good. Service was good.

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3. Ristorante Lucano

1815 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14610-1823 Italian Dinner Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +1 585-244-3460 http://ristorantelucano.com/
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4 based on 225 reviews

Ristorante Lucano

Reviewed By Paul14534

The layout of Ristorante Lucano rambles, much like someone's home. Several small dining rooms create an intimate setting. Owners Chuck and JoAnn Formoso host and are genuinely concerned that their guests have a good experience. They are well versed in fine Italian dining, well beyond the usual cliches. Many of the staff have been with Lucano’s for a long time and seem to share the Formoso’s vision.The menu only tells half the story, as there are usually many imaginative starter and main specials available. Seafood is generally on the specials menu, to take advantage of the freshest and best available.Recently I had the Barramundi fish, prepared with a Panko and walnut crust and finished with a citrus beurre blanc. It was heavenly! I chose the haricots verts and candied carrots as my side dishes. The carrots were drizzled with fragrant fresh honey and were really nice. My dining companions were very pleased with their braised veal shanks and beef tenderloin.We’ve dined at Ristorante Lucano several times in the past and have never been disappointed in this lovely family establishment, that tries very hard and usually succeeds beautifully.

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2. Pane Vino

175 N Water St, Rochester, NY 14604-1131 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music +1 585-232-6090 http://www.panevinoontheriver.com/
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4 based on 315 reviews

Pane Vino

Reviewed By jackiepaddy

We took my son and is girlfriend for his 21st birthday. Made a reservation weeks in advance for a 6pm weeknight dinner. Upon arrival, reminded the hostess of the special event. She was less than interested in her job when we arrived and actually told me to "hold on" while she walked over to speak with other employees. She took us to a table on the outdoor patio. Our server was very nice. I went back inside and asked if we could move to an open table overlooking the river and she said no, those tables were reserved for a 6:30pm dinner. I was said no problem, just thought I'd ask. At about 7:00pm, to her credit, she came over to apologize for not moving us because the party no-showed. For this, she gave my son a dessert on the house. Very nice gesture. After reviewing the dessert menu, which included dessert coffees, he selected a coffee but was told the offer only included desserts, not coffee. So, he declined the dessert. Food was good. Service was good. We enjoyed the view and atmosphere.

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1. Guido's Pasta Villa

1313 E Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14621-2004 Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 585-266-2676 http://www.thepastavilla.com/
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4 based on 269 reviews

Guido's Pasta Villa

Pasta Villa is a family owned Italian-American restaurant with the emphasis on family. We celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2012 & are looking forward to 20 more! From homemade pastas to handcut steaks, we offer something for everyone. We pride ourselves

Reviewed By Judy_and_Doug

While in town for a shopping weekend, we went to Pasta Villa because it was close to our hotel. What an amazing experience we had! The service is top notch! Extremely professional and knowledgeable. We decided to split the Escarole special for our appetizer. It was to die for! Lovely sautéed escarole in olive oil with prosciutto, artichoke hearts, garlic and something red (red pepper? Sorry not sure.). My husband, who is not a huge vegetable lover, thoroughly enjoyed it. I could have eaten it all, it was so good (but I had to share). A salad or soup came with our meals. We chose the salad. They were very fresh and tasty. Then the entrees. Hubby had chicken Parmesan with linguini. The chicken breast was massive! Our server suggested the vodka sauce, which I had on the gnocchi. I added a meatball, as well. It was delicious. The vodka sauce was so flavourful and they put generous pieces of prosciutto in it. The meatball was so tender. There was so much food that we brought more than half of it home. We would highly recommend this little Italian family owned and operated restaurant!

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