The very first thought that follows when you hear ‘Italian food’ is a plate full of thick, creamy Fettuccine Alfredo pasta or the hot tangy Arrabiata pasta seasoned with the fine flavour of garlic, tomatoes, and dried red chilli peppers. Not to forget the most relished Italian dish by every single soul in town: pizza.
Since nobody can resist the mouth-watering delicacies like rich velvety risotto, thick entwining pasta in aromatic sauces and a wholesome range of gourmet Neapolitan pizza that the cuisine has to offer, we bring you the 10 finest restaurants in Mumbai that you can count on to experience the best of Italian fare.
1. Pizza By The Bay
Overlooking the scenic Marine Drive in South Mumbai, Pizza By The Bay tops the list as the choicest Italian restaurant in town. This elite restaurant opened its doors in 1969 and has been the talk of the town ever since. Previously known as Jazz By The Bay, the restaurant turned its focus from live jazz performances to authentic Italian cuisine for its customers. This cafe serves, just as the name suggests, some of the best pizzas in town by the Arabian sea. Their most recommended dishes are Bruschetta Al Pomodoro, Eggplant Parmigiano and the Carbonara and Sorrentino Pasta. They serve brilliant appetisers like the BBQ Mushroom Melt, Paprika potatoes, freshly baked Garlic Bread and the saucy Spicy Chicken Melt. Their most popular and must-have gourmet pizza options include Indian Smoke Pizza, Devil's Delight Pizza, the Baconator Pizza and the Rustichella Pizza. Customers have the liberty of picking these pizzas in one very rare format - as a deep-dish pizza. Their risotto and lasagna deserve equal praise. Even though it leans on the more costly side, each and every dish is absolutely worth every penny.
INR 2,000 for two | Open in Google Maps
Trattoria is undoubtedly one of the city's favourite Italian restaurant. Stylish and contemporary, this restaurant churns out more than 600 pizzas a day! "Trats" as it's lovingly called by the patrons, serves up authentic Italian fare, where the food is largely influenced by the southern regions of Italy bringing distinct flavours from regions like Sicily, Pescara, Potenza and Bari. Located in Cuffe Parade in South Mumbai, people rave about this fine dining experience to enjoy the famous Trattoria Pizza along with fine wine. Their Artisan Smoked Salmon, Fried Squid with Tartare sauce, Lamb Risotto and Croquettes bring out the authentic Italian food essence to cater to the Mumbai folks. Their side dishes including barbeque chicken, lamb bolognese and many crepes are quite fondly enjoyed by Italian food enthusiasts. This tasteful and elegant restaurant makes for a great dinner place to experience the best fine dining in the city.
INR 2,700 for two | Open in Google Maps
CinCin, an all-day dining Italian cuisine restaurant that transforms into a lively, buzzing bar by evening caters for some of the best fusion Italian food dishes. Cincin which translates to "cheers" in Italian, is a fitting name for this gem of a place situated in one of Mumbai's most prominent commercial hubs, Bandra. With its lively ambience and alfresco setting, they serve the best innovative and intrepid Italian cuisine- which offers you dishes like the Strozzapreti which is a slow-cooked chicken ragu from the Marche and Tuscany regions of Italy or a comforting bowl of Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper). Some of their most delectable dishes are Avacado Crostini, Truffle Spaghetti, Mushroom Lasagna, Lasagne Di Funghi, Rucola Salad and the Diavola Pizza. They are specifically known for their Italian inspired Cicchetti, hand-rolled pasta and wood-fired pizza along with a wide range in their bar menu. For the sweet tooths, classic dessert parties like Tiramisu is a go-to.
INR 2,800 for two | Open in Google Maps
4. Mezzo Mezzo
Overlooking the Juhu beach, JW Marriott's Mezzo Mezzo is a sea-facing classy Italian restaurant. The Italian restaurant's chic ambience brings some of the most delicious dishes for all of the city's folks to enjoy. Some of their popular dishes include the Ossobuco, Lasagna di Verdure, New Zealand Lamb chops, Spinach Ravioli, Pesto Spaghetti, and their gourmet pizzas like the Della Casa Pizza, Ben Fatta Pizza, and the vegetarian Ortolana pizza which can be savoured with a good selection of Italian wines that help you unwind. Every bite expresses the authenticity of the Italian food at this fine dining restaurant and makes a great lunch as well as a dinner place.
INR 3,000 for two | Open in Google Maps
Located in the suburbs of Juhu, Novotel hotel's Olio also overlooks the Juhu beach and makes for a very romantic dinner date restaurant. Famous for their amazing variety of risotto, pizza and pasta, as well as seafood delicacies such as grilled Cajun prawns, grilled chicken breast and grilled lobster, they cater to people with all kinds of cravings. Their top suggestions are Penne Al Pomodoro, Smoked Chicken Pizza, Peri-Peri Shrimp Pizza and Risotto Al Funghi in their Italian cuisine. They have some interesting choices for kids like mac and cheese that makes this a great place for family outings.
INR 2,000 for two | Open in Google Maps
2) Italian Restaurants
6. Little Italy
Another popular hot spot in Juhu, this restaurant literally brings the best Italian food to the people of Mumbai. Little Italy is the perfect place to dine in with friends and family for its mouth-watering cuisine, for all hardcore vegetarian and Italian cuisine lovers. Even though it does not offer meat options, this eatery is just as loved as the other for its authentic Italian food. Their Cannelloni Alla Florentina, Pasta Barbaresca, Pasta Del Barone, Risotto Balls, Crespelle and Wood Burn pizzas like Pizza Mellino, Ortolana Pizza and Calzone Al Forno Pizza are the most popular choices. They also serve Mexican and Lebanese special dishes that add to their already elaborate menu. Their soups, salads and bruschettas make great appetisers. This comparatively affordable Italian restaurant is just as strong a contender as the others while being easy on the pocket!
INR 1,800 for two | Open in Google Maps
7. Quattro Ristorante
Quattro Ristorante situated in the busy location of Lower Parel serves some of the finest Italian dishes we've ever had. Another strictly vegetarian Italian restaurant, it has made a distinguished name in Mumbai for its quality Italian food. Right from their Bruschetta Al Pesto, Pink Risotto, Spinach Riso with Vegetable Paprika, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Aglio Olio to the Fiamma Pizza, Pimento Pizza, and Primavera Pizza, everything is freshly made to absolute perfection. Their extensive menu also includes Mexican dishes like queso, guacamole and nachos, which also brings forth a fusion of Mexican and Italian food in its Burrito Pizza. Its aesthetic and warm ambience makes for a great family restaurant.
INR 1,300 for two | Open in Google Maps
Grand Hyatt's Celini offers a world-class luxurious fine dining experience with multiple cuisines like North Indian, Chinese and especially Italian. The restaurant's brilliant chef reflects the Italian cuisine's authenticity in the tempting dishes served here. Their Aparagus Risotto, Primevera, Diavola Pizza, Caprese Bruschetta Sandwich Young Coconut Pannacota are sure to catch your taste buds by surprise. The Parmesan Risotto and Garlic buttered bread are some of the most in-demand dishes at the high scale restaurant. Although this super sophisticated restaurant is on the expensive end, customers express the worth of the prices after indulging in all their fantastic dishes.
INR 6,000 for two | Open in Google Maps
9. Smoke House Deli
With a variety of non-vegetarian toppings, Italian food doesn't just have to be about bread and tomatoes and Smoke House Deli proves just that. The assorted non-veg bruschetta at this snug cafe is quite the snack, while other Italian dishes like the SHD Fresher and Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara, Cheesy Alfredo Pasta, Aglio Olio Peperoncino Pasta, Basil Pesto Pasta, Smoked Tomato and Mascarpone Risotto, Wild Mushroom and Kale Risotto are the actual highlights of the deli. Their Smoke House Quattro Formaggi Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza and Breakfast Calzone are highly recommended by the loyal customers. This eatery with stylish decor offers many more dishes of multiple cuisines for their customers to enjoy.
INR 2,000 for two | Open in Google Maps
10. Indigo Delicatessen
Last but in no way least, the popular restaurant chain that has multiple outlets in Mumbai offers a superb deli experience to people, serving European, Continental, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisines. Their Italian dishes are the most enjoyed and demanded by all their regular customers. The deli's signature Italian dishes, including their Baked Mac and Cheese Pasta, Pesto Cream Pasta and artisan gourmet pizzas like the Three Smoked Peppers and Three Cheese Pizza and the Chorizo and Scamorza Pizza are highly appreciated by Italian food lovers from across the city. Their large serving portions and elaborate breakfast menu attracts foodies for a great food experience.
INR 2,400 for two | Open in Google Maps