|Italian cuisine has always been a favorite in Israel. One wonders if the fascination with these foods dates back to the time of the Romans.
You know Italian cuisine when you see it. Not just pizza, Italian restaurants specialize in a variety of pasta and sauces. Italian cuisine relies largely on herbs and spices. These are expressed in the sauces. Modern Italian cuisine also includes a variety of baked salty pastries fill with vegetables and cheese. Most of the Italian restaurants in Israel are dairy. You can wind up your meal with a great cup of coffee and a luscious dairy dessert.
Aresto - At the Port, Caesarea 04-6363456
Aresto is a beautiful, well-designed restaurant with stylish furniture including white sofas and leather armchairs. You can sit on the porch that looks out over the ocean or the porch that looks out on a lawn. Itís best to go there at night, when the entire place is awash in romantic lights.
Aresto Restaurant presents a delicious dairy menu with fish and specialty dishes.
Al Dente - 50 Usishkin, Jerusalem 02-6251479
"We have been to a lot of restaurants but one that never disappoints us is Al Dente." So we were told by one of our eLuna members. There is no better complement. Relax, and enjoy this quaint neighborhood restaurant located on Usishkin Street between Nachlaot and Rechavia in Jerusalem. Treat yourself to real Tuscany style cuisine, plentiful and creative from the kitchen of chef Shuki Shukrun. Enjoy outstnding and creative salads, fish, and baked dishes. Desserts are a must-have, prepared by a special dessert chef. The delicious food and the pleasant atmosphere, both indoor and outdoor, makes Al Dente a place you'll want to return to, again and again.
Anna - Anna Ticho House , Jerusalem 02-5434144
Anna Italian Cafe offers a delicious Italian dairy menu at the renovated Anna Ticho Museum restaurant. The historic 19th century home of Dr and Anna Ticho has been modernized, while retaining its legacy architectural elements. The house, the gardens, the museum and the restaurant, make this Jerusalem landmark, and a must-visit attraction.
Enjoy light vegetarian dishes, fish, and pasta, with a combination of gentle flavors and textures. The cafe offers delicious foods, excellent service at moderate prices. The presentation of the foods matches the aesthetics of the location itself. Anna Cafe works with the Dualis Fund to put young people on a good footing.
Anna is on the second floor, with an elevator from the first floor. There is indoor and outdoor seating on the picturesque patio. Pay parking lot close to the restaurant on Harav Agan Street.
Luciana Mamila - 8 Mamila, Jerusalem 02-5021000
Luciana at Mamila is a quality Italian dairy restaurant. The charming restaurant designed puts you a quaint Italian street scene, with trees, outdoor lamps, and paths. The Italian menu offers high end fish dishes and excellent Italian pastas and specialty dishes. Portions are generous and filling. Desserts are the calling card at Luciana Mamila. Pastries are displayed in a glass case at the entrance, reminding you what is waiting for you.
The theme of the restaurant many be Italian, but the view is classic Jerusalem. Luciana at Mamila has one of the great views of the walls of the old city, in Jerusalem.
Luigi Katamon - 35 Shai Agnon, Jerusalem 02-5633338
The new branch of Luigi, now open in Katamon is located right across from the Youth Village. With both indoor and outdoor seating this is a comfortable and relaxing addition to the Luigi family.
The menu is Italian and the restaurant specializes in appetizers, salads, pasta and fish. There are also some newer additions to the menu like sandwiches on fresh baked bread. This is a convenient location with plenty of street parking.
Piccolino - 12 Yoel Moshe Solomon, Jerusalem 02-6244186
Piccolino is a downtown Jerusalem restaurant, in Music Square, off Nachalat Shiva. The restaurant has the signature Jerusalem architectural elements such as stone walls and arches. The owners of the restaurant created this lovely space from a formerly abandoned building. Blessed are those who rebuild Jerusalem.
Piccolino restaurant offers a delicious dairy Italian menu. Music is the theme of the menu. Start your morning with Buongiorno breakfast. Choose from the Do Re Mi Shakshuka, the Pavaroti full breakfast or Tarantella breakfast. Got the idea?
The menu continues using the musical metaphor, with dishes from the Overture section the Intermezzo, Concerto, the Sonata section and the Fugue. Whatever you do, be sure to stay for the Finale.
Pompidou - 27 Emek Refaim, Jerusalem 02-6251111
Pompidou is a Bistro dairy restaurant and Bar on Emek Refaim. The restaurant features a dairy menu with a good selection of drinks. The restaurant offers an Italian menu with an esthetic French style atmosphere.
Enjoy mornings with a Pompidou Omelette, or Shakshouka or an unusual Risotto breakfast made with fresh cream, cinnamon, raisins and almonds. For lunch Italian bruschettas and focaccias, delicious salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza. The specials include lasagna, ravioli, and cheese platter including a variety of aged cheeses.
The desserts are excellent as is the great Italian coffee.
Alfredo - Park Ezorim Kiryat Aryeh, Petach-Tikva 03-9230643
Alfredo Restaurant, Petach Tikva is a good dairy restaurant in the lovely Ezorim industrial park. The restaurant interior is beautifully designed and the seating, both indoors and outdoors is comfortable and inviting. There is ample parking in the tech park lot.
Alfredo offers an excellent selection of foods. The restaurant is very professionally run, and the service is outstanding. All of this makes Alfredo a very lovely place to dine. Highly recommended. A must try in the Petach Tikva area.
La Lasagna - 177 Dizengoff St, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa 03-5230037
Talk about authentic! At La Lasagna you can enjoy delicious dishes, rich in Mediterranean flavors and full of Italian secrets. You can enjoy this great authentic Italian experience in the heart of Tel Aviv. In addition to great food, La Lasagna offers a warm and welcoming, relaxed and informal environment.
Lasagna may be the namesake, but the restaurant offers many other Italian dishes. There is pasta with sauces, and delicious looking pizza. Don't hesitate to take your children to La Lasagna which is a great family restaurant.
Pankina - 39 Gordon St, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa 03-6449793
Three charming Italian gentlemen have come on aliya to open Pankina Italian Restaurant in Tel Aviv. We all lucked out, because this restaurant is a find.
Pankina offers elegant, high-end dairy dining. You will enjoy fine Italian dishes in a lovely European style setting. Tables are covered in white cloth, there is outdoor sidewalk seating (or indoors), and fine attentive service.
Chef Manuel developed his culinary expertise in Rome. You are going to love his superb authentic vegetable and risotto starters, fish and cheese delicacies, and fish or pasta main courses. Everything is outstanding from top to toe. Relax and enjoy one of the best neighborhoods in Tel Aviv as you linger over your dinner, fine desserts and top it off with lemoncello.
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