We may be far from Rome, but Alaska still has a variety of tasty Italian restaurants. These places are homey, friendly and their pasta dishes will warm up the coldest winter nights. Alaskans love going out for Italian after a long winter day in the snow. These are some of the best Italian restaurants in Alaska.
1. Geraldo's Restaurant, 701 College Road, Fairbanks.
Geraldo's prides itself on being "The Garlic Capital of the World", and most of their dishes are infused with the flavor. They have delicious pizzas, a famous salad bar, and are a great choice for lunch or dinner.
2. Gambardella's Pasta Bella, 706 2nd Avenue,
This place has been a standard in downtown Fairbanks since 1987. Their bread is homemade and delicious, their lasagna legendary, and the family run business feels old world. They host popular wine tastings throughout the year.
3. The Vallata, 2190 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks.
This classic Italian place is tucked in the forest of the Goldstream Valley outside Fairbanks. The ambiance is heightened by live piano music and a tinkling bar in the upper level. This is a great place for a night out and the steak is delicious.
4. Gallantino's Italian Restaurante, 1452 South Cushman Street, Fairbanks.
This relative newcomer to the Fairbanks dining scene has made a mark. With a great menu of Italian classics and affordable lunch specials, this place is a new star. Enjoy the clean, classy aesthetic and the prompt service.
5. Evangelo's, 2530 East Parks Highway, Wasilla.
An excellent choice for dinner in Wasilla. Portions are ample and dishes are made with the freshest ingredients. The Seafood Arrabiata is to die for!
6. Orso, 737 West 5th Avenue, Suite 110, Anchorage.
Orso is the premiere Italian spot in Anchorage. The ambiance is upscale, the food is divine and perfectly presented, and the wine is exquisite. Be ready to splurge, but it'll be worth every penny.
7. Sorrento's, 610 East Fireweed Lane,
This quintessential Italian bistro is famed for being absolutely delicious. Dim lighting and a romantic vibe, ravioli and chicken parmesean make it a perfect Italian spot in Anchorage. Try the halibut, the Alaskan touch on the menu.
8. Fat Ptarmigan, 441 West 5th Avenue, Suite 100,
This elegant restaurant is right downtown, and a serious local favorite. Pizza, pasta, fresh tomato and mozerella all pop with freshness and flavor. You won't be disappointed in this popular restaurant.
9. Fiori D'Italia, 2502 McRae Road,
Serving delicious cuisine in Anchorage since 1995, this neighborhood Italian place has been a hit. Authentic dishes and friendly service are what keep people coming back for more. Drink in style from their elaborate wine cellar and stocked bar.
10. Villa Nova, 5121 Arctic Blvd., Suite I, Anchorage.
This place prides itself on old-world ambiance and garlic! They start you off with bread and a garlic laden spread, the you can move on to the delicious dishes in elegant sauces. The fish is fresh and the portions are healthy. Don't miss this under-the-radar spot!
11. Little Italy, 2300 East 88th Avenue, Anchorage.
Known for authenticity, this hide away in Anchorage is delicious and well loved. The friendly service and tasty dishes will keep you coming back. Perfect for date night.
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