The best Italian restaurants in Belfast

Looking for the best Italian restaurants in Belfast? You’ve come to the right place!

The spirit of Naples, Sicily and Rome is alive and well in Belfast, as there are many amazing eateries serving up authentic Italian pizza and classic dishes from the region.

The great thing about Italian food is that there is a wide range of different dishes and environments which can fulfil any appetite and suit any budget.

From casual and authentic pizza chain Little Wing based on the Lisburn Road, Ballyhackamore and the city centre, to the highly popular Coppi in St. Anne’s Square, you’ll never be stuck for some pizza, pasta or antipasti in Belfast.

Here’s Eat Out Belfast’s top picks for Italian grub in Belfast:

Little Wing

If you want to eat one pizza in Belfast, let it be this one.

Feeding the family? Or just plain starving? Little Wing also has a selection of 24″ pizzas that will make you drool.

Check them out on Lisburn Road, trendy Ballyhack or on Ann Street in the city centre.

Coppi

Tucked away in the beautiful St. Anne’s square is this quaint Italian eatery, which has become a really popular choice for diners in the city.

Certainly not the cheapest, but the food is great quality and proper authentic Italian. Not just your average pizza or pasta joint.

We couldn’t even pronounce half the items on the menu.

That’s how you know it’s good.

Order like this

Scalini

An old favourite from Botanic Avenue, you need to go here for the decor alone. It has a great old Italian vibe spread across three floors in the university area of Belfast.

They don’t take bookings so you will just have to take your chances, but generally you will find a table with little hassle and be surrounded by cheesy carby goodness in no time.

Fratelli

Situated on Great Victoria Street in the city centre, this gem is owned by the same company as the Galgorm Resort and Spa. So it must be good, right?

While we’re also a fan of the Scottish band who sing Chelsea Dagger, Fratelli will leave you with a warm feeling in your tummy that only good old-fashioned Italian comfort food can.

Il Pirata

Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best places to eat in Ballyhackamore, Il Pirata is known for an old Italian favourite – an exquisite duck ragu.

At the weekend they also have great sharing roasts – for those lazy Sundays when you want some great home-cooked food but can’t be bothered with the hassle yourself. Win – Win.

Deane and Decano

Is this an Italian? We’re not really sure to be honest but there’s enough quality risotto on the menu for us to be convinced.

Either way, one thing is for sure. Michael Deane knows things about food. That much we can confirm, and to confirm this for yourself head down to the Lisburn Road to enjoy Deane and Decano.

Check out their live music sessions on Friday evenings as well, it’s a perfect date night idea!

Wood Fired Pizza

You have pizza coming out of your ears on the Lisburn Road (not literally, of course) but Wood Fired has to be up there with the best of them.

Bella Vita

This little quaint spot used to be known as Opera, and we were a little sad when the former closed down as it was a go-to spot on the Dublin Road for tasty pizza in a cosy setting.

But Bella Vita opened its doors recently and it looks like the same quality pizza remains, despite the name change.

Amici

Another of the Lisburn Road Italian brigade, Amici is known for its unreal 5.95 lunch deal during the week, but it’s also pretty decent value at evenings and weekends too.

It’s a cosy little place and it rarely disappoints on the food end of things either.

Green’s Pizza

Okay, you called our bluff. Green’s isn’t what you would call an authentic Italian. Does that mean it doesn’t have mouth wateringly good pizza pie that is now an establishment in Belfast restaurant terms? Hell no.

Big portions and little prices in their shops on the Lisburn Road and Ormeau Road, you really can’t go wrong with Green’s. Former Ireland and Ulster rugby star Stephen Ferris designed a monster of a pizza for their menu as well, so look out for that.