The taste of la dolce vita
From rustic plates of pasta to well selected regional specialities and fine dining, see our guide to Moscow's most delicious destinations for Italian food.
Whether you’re in search for Napolitano-style pizza to traditional Sicilian dishes, most of which have never been heard before and finely selected regional specialities drawn from the rustic south or the fashionable north, Moscow’s best Italian restaurants offer something to suit every occasion.
Here comes our choice of the 10 best places to enjoy excellent Italian cuisine.
At Probka they know how Italian cuisine works.
And in the way that scores in its simplicity with the focus on quality products.
Head to Probka at Tvetnoy for the best wood-fired pizza, that carries a Mediterranean breeze to Moscow and their homemade "Tiramisu" will ring in the sweet final of the menu.
Prosecco lovers can even order a 1.5l bottle for the price of 3900 rubles.
Address: Tsvetnoy Blvd. 2
Phone: +7 495 995-90-45
Semifreddo is a classical fine dining Italian, with a perfectly formed menu of sicilian and author's delights from the famous sicilian chef Nino Graziano and Luca Verdolini.
The chef’s menu boasts such delights as the fresh Sicilian red shrimp with apple and celery tartare 1800 rubles or the pasta “alla Norma” pan-fried with eggplant and tomatoes 1100 rubles.
Semifreddo is definitely not the cheapest address, but worth the experiance.
Address: 11стр. 55, Ulitsa Timura Frunze
Metro: Park Kultury / Frunzenskaya
Phone: +7 495 181-55-55
The location close to Smolenskaya, the world-famous brand "Antinori", the charm of the house and a traditional care of the Tuscan table culture contribute to the success of this restaurant.
Behind the concept is the idea to offer the rich wine palette of the Marchesi Antinori with typical Tuscan, simply prepared dishes, and all this on a qualitatively high level.
Address: Denezhnyy Pereulok 20
Phone: +7 499 241-33-25
OVO by Carlo Cracco - Michelin stars arwarded chef
Ovo is the first restaurant in Moscow of Michelin star awarded Italian chef Carlo Cracco.
This restaurant offers traditional dishes from Milan and elsewhere in Italy reinterpreted with a modern twist and playing on contrasts of textures, flavours and colours.
The philosophy of Carlo Cracco, a pioneer in progressive Italian cuisine is determined by beliefing in gastronomic traditions, history and culture of the Italian cuisine which he represents to the Russian public with modern tastes and aesthetics.
Address: Hotel Lotte Plaza, Novinskiy boulevard 8
Phone: +7 495 287-05-15
Located in a two-storeyed mansion at bustling Patriarchy ponds, Butler is an elegant Italian / Mediterranean restaurant with focus on Sicilian dishes.
The menu of chef Giuseppe Davi who has worked with some Michelin star restaurants embraces the native approach to food – take the best ingredients, allow that quality to shine through and present them attractive.
With the finest organic ingredients to go with their Sicilian dishes, be prepared for a traditionally mouthwatering Italian experience from beginning to end.
Address: Trekhprudny pereulok 15
Phone: +7 495 150-45-86
Metro: Tverskaya / Mayakovskaya
Salumeria is bringing the best of Italy to Moscow.
With the rooted connection to the Italian culture, this place is a beautiful example of honest, fresh and delicious Italian cuisine.
It is thought out to the smallest detail, where you can find what you were looking for, where you can relax in the atmosphere of Italy.
Address: Spiridonyevsky Pereulok 12/9
Phone: +7 499 290-00-01
La Bottega Siciliana
Welcome to Sicilia.
La Bottega Siciliana is the materialisation of a concept woven with beauty, local Sicilian cuisine and good taste.
Their food is the story of a long trip which changes over time, but with one common point: the tradition.
The restaurant offers traditional dishes giving fresh sensations to their customers.
Address: Ulitsa Okhotny Ryad 2
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
Phone: + 7 495 660-03-83
Located in the most fashionable area of Moscow on Malaya Bronnaya, this place offers the perfect Italian formula: Simpel and clear classic Italian dishes (such as Burrata with tomatoes and basil, Ossobuko with green peas and a huge choice of pizzas - Made by Italians!
Chef Mirko Zago and his team will be happy to feed everyone, from students to VIPs, with the authentic taste of Naples, according to the motto “quality and quantity at honest prices”.
Address: Ulitsa Malaya Bronnaya 27/14
Phone: +7495 650-00-50
Pinzeria by Bontempi
First of all, what is the difference between pinzeria and pizzeria?
A "pinza" is a special thick pizza which requires a special leaven and with little in common with classical pizza, where yeast is used.
Pinzeria by Bontempi is a mix of good food, Italian atmosphere and reasonable prices.
Tasty and aromatic Italian food is served in Pinzeria by Bontempi - take a bite of cheezy, flavorable pinza's and enjoy a good glas of wine while here.
Address: Bolshoy Znamenskiy Lane 2
Phone: +7 499 678-30-09
Osteria della piazza Bianca
Situated in the heart of White Square, next to Belorusskaya one of Moscow’s big train stations, Osteria della piazza Binaca has been established since 2012 and is extremely popular with local residents, business people, tourists and families.
It offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere paired with bold and ingredient-focused modern Italian cooking.
A special attraction is the operation around the clock.
Address: Lesnaya Ulitsa 5A
Phone: +7 495 508-25-18