Best Italian Restaurants in Barcelona

 

Are you on the lookout for good Italian food? You won’t be disappointed, there are some seriously good Italian restaurants to choose from in Barcelona. Or maybe you need some inspiration for new places to try? Here is a list of some of the best Italian restaurants you can find in the city.

Rabbit with cherries at Fastuc, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Rabbit with cherries at Fastuc, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Fastuc - Sicilian chef Giuseppe Cusimano creates magic in his kitchen, and it was love at first sight when we visited his restaurant Fastuc. Modern Italian/Mediterranean meet in a menu that might just give you goosebumps. Make sure to try the rabbit with cherries, it’s out of this world. Read my review on Fastuc here. Carrer d’Oliana 14 (Sarria-Sant Gervasi).

Bacaro - Another Venetian restaurant, and has quickly become one of the favorite Italian restaurants in Barcelona for many food enthusiasts. The location might be somewhat surprising, right next to La Boqueria, but don’t let that scare you: this is the real deal. And it’s affordable. Carrer de Jerusalem 6 (Raval).

Le Cucine de Mandarosso - If you are looking for a romantic Italian restaurant then this is definitely it. Make sure to try the fresh pasta, and the gnocchis. Booking in advance is a must. Carrer de Verdaguer I Callís 4 (La Ribera).

Xemei, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Xemei, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Xemei - I adore this restaurant. I have celebrated several birthdays here, and their Venetian far wins me over every time. The owners, the Colombo twins are also behind success stories such as Can Cisa/Bar Brutal, and popular pizza spot Frankie Gallo Cha Cha Cha. Passeig de l’Exposició 85 (Poble Sec).

Meneghina - In this cozy restaurant Italian and Catalan fares unite, and the friendly couple who runs the place will take good care of you. They offer a good lunch deal. Carrer dels Tiradors 2 (Born).

Cecconi’s - Soho House landed in Barcelona a couple of years ago, and brought with it Cecconi’s, where the beautiful people hang out and indulge in surprisingly humble Northern Italian fare. Passeig de Colom 20 (Gotico).

Bodega Santo Porcello, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Bodega Santo Porcello, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Bodega Santo Porcello - It was love at first sight for me when I entered through the doors of this charming Italian deli for the first time. Go here to buy ingredients for your next stellar dish with goods imported straight outta Italy, or stay for a tasty sandwich and a glass of wine. Read more about Santo Porcello here. Carrer de Sepúlveda 151 (Sant Antoni).

Due Spaghi - Before opening Santo Porcello above, Due Spaghi next door charmed the pants off the Sant Antoni neighborhood with its northern Italian food with a Catalan flair. Carrer de Sepúlveda 151 (Sant Antoni).

La Bella Napoli - You might feel like you are in a Disney movie in La Bella Napoli, and that is not a bad thing. The staff is friendly and funny, and the pizzas are excellent. Carrer de Margarit 12-14 (Poble Sec).

Il Birrino, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Il Birrino, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Il Birrino - Not many have heard about this little bar that focuses on craft beer, and excellent Italian food. Their pasta is made fresh, and the pasta machine is right there by the bar for you to see. Bring a date and surprise them with this little gem. Read my review on Il Birrino here. Carrer d’Ali Bei 123 (Marina).

LeccaBaffi - What started out as a deli has now expanded into a charming restaurant, and the latest addition to the family is a cocktail bar. Carrer de València 341 (Eixample).

Pappa e Citti - Gracia hosts this little Sardinian restaurant that few know about, possibly because the ones that frequent the restaurant don’t really want anybody else to know about it..! C/ de la Encarnación 38 (Gracia).

Las Sorrentinas - A tiny little Italian restaurant in the Born that knows how to charm its clientele. Plaça de Sant Pere 5 (Born).

Ostaja - One of the newest additions to the Italian food scene in Barcelona. The cuisine is Genovese, and showcases classy dishes made with good quality ingredients. Carrer d’Aribau 58 (Eixample).

Benzina restaurant, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Benzina restaurant, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Benzina - This hip restaurant brings together food from Rome with a Brooklynesque atmosphere. Make sure to try the cocktails. Read my review on Benzina here. Passatge de Pere Calders 6 (Sant Antoni).

Le Romane - Roman cuisine and pizzas at this new restaurant on Aribau. Carrer de Muntaner 103 (Eixample).

Raffaelli Ristorante - Another Gracia secret that is the favorite of many a pasta lover. Carrer de Luis Antúnez 11 (Gracia).

Gourmet pizza at La Balmesina, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

Gourmet pizza at La Balmesina, Barcelona. Photo © Barcelona Food Experience.

La Balmesina - This restaurant is not only about pizza, but I have to say that theirs are pretty spectacular. Carrer de Balmes 193 (Sarria-Sant Gervasi).

L’Osteria del Contadino - This friendly and humble Italian restaurant can be found in Putxet. Carrer de Saragossa 123 (Putxet).