When you desire a wholesome, delicious dinner, there’s simply nothing more satisfying than authentic Italian cuisine—and you don’t have to travel to Italy to find it. Fortunately, Ohio is full of local Italian eateries that will romance your tastebuds and make an Italian cuisine connoisseur out of you. The following are what we consider to be the 12 best Italian eateries in Ohio, (arranged in no particular order.)
1. Moretti's of Arlington (Columbus)
Voted "Best Italian" by readers in the July 2015 edition of "Columbus Monthly," this local favorite eatery is a must-try for visitors passing through. (They even serve up some delicious Italian-style tacos.) Moretti's of Arlington is located at 2124 Tremont Ctr, Columbus, OH 43221.
2. Luca Italian Cuisine (Cleveland)
This high-end Italian restaurant and its divine cuisine is perfect for an elegant date night. Luca Italian Cuisine is located at 2100 Superior Via, Cleveland, OH 44113.
3. Zia's (Toledo)
The relaxed, family-style setting of this restaurant will truly make you feel like family at this favorite Toledo eatery. Zia's is located at 20 Main St. the Docks at International Park, Toledo, OH 43605.
4. Bella Luna (Cincinnati)
This colorful bar and restaurant serves up some of Cincinnati's best authentic Italian food "with heritage and hospitality." Bella Luna is located at 4632 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
5. Luigi's Restaurant (Akron)
For the Akron area's best Italian cuisine and pizza, you can't go wrong with Luigi's, which has proudly served the good people of Akron since 1949. Luigi's Restaurant is located at 105 N Main St, Akron, OH 44308.
6. Roost Modern Italian (Dayton)
This high-end Italian eatery in Dayton received a 2015 "Certificate of Excellence" from Trip Advisor. Roost Modern Italian is located at
524 E Fifth St, Dayton, OH 45402.
7. Tuscan Table (Circleville)
When you're looking for a casual yet elegant authentic Italian dining experience, Tuscan Table is the perfect place for a date night out or a family get together. (Pictured: Chicken Tetrazzini.) Tuscan Table is located at 122 N Court St, Circleville, OH 43113.
8. Z Cucina di Spirito (Columbus)
In addition to some of Columbus' best Italian dining, this high-end bar and restaurant also features Mediterranean cuisine. Z Cucina di Spirito is located at 1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212.
9. Aldo's Restaurant (Cleveland area)
Considered one of the Cleveland area's best kept secrets, this Italian eatery will have you coming back for more. Aldo's Restaurant is located at 8459 Memphis Ave. Brooklyn, OH 44144.
10. Tuscany Cuccini (Gallipolis)
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For a casual yet elegant atmosphere and unbelievably delicious, authentic Italian cuisine, try the French City's (Gallipolis) Tuscany Cuccini. This local favorite is perfect for a family get together or a date night. Tuscany Cuccini is located at 1308 Eastern Ave, Gallipolis, OH 4563.
11. Boca (Cincinnati)
For the best combination of Italian, French and American cuisine, Boca is the place to be. Boca is located at 114 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
12. Adornetto's (Zanesville)
"The pizza people come home for," and the best authentic Italian cuisine in the Zanesville area is undeniably here. Adornetto's is located at 2224 Maple Ave, Zanesville, OH 4370.
Have you been to any of these mouthwatering restaurants? Where is your favorite place in Ohio to eat Italian food?