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Best Italian Restaurants in Westport

Image via Pan e Bene

The best Italian Restaurants in Westport bring a taste of Italy to the Connecticut coast. From casual spots with a long history in town, to gussied-up newcomers, we’ve rounded up the top places to indulge in all of your favorite zuppe, pane, pizza and more.

The Best Italian Restaurants in Westport

1. Il Pastaficio

135 Post Road E, Westport, CT 06880

Image via Il Pastaficio

Il Pastaficio has been dubbed “a slice of Italy” in Westport, Connecticut; and with a menu featuring authentic Italian dishes made entirely with imported ingredients down to flour, it’s no wonder why. Locals are buzzing over the mouthwatering classic pasta dishes like the Tagliatelle al Ragù, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna Al Tartufo and more.

Whether you dine in or take home, be sure to top off your meal with some delectable Italian pastries. An expansion of its sister location that opened in Cos Cob in 2018, this newcomer to the Westport restaurant scene has quickly become a staple.

2. Casa Me

7 Sconset Square, Westport, CT 06880

Inspired by fond memories of Italian vacation foods, the owners of Casa Me have brought the tastes of an Italian holiday to Westport. Start your meal with one of their many pane, spuntini, salumi e formaggi or antipasti options.

Their heavenly house made pastas include classics like spaghetti frutti di mare and cacio e pepe, and entrées like polipo and filetto di branzino are cooked to perfection. The Casa Me bar features iconic Italian cocktails to pair with your meal including Negroni, Spritz’s, Apertivi and Amari. The delicious plates and lively ambiance are a recipe for a great night out.

3. Pan e Bene

1620 Post Road E, Westport, CT 06880

A favorite among locals, Pan e Bene is a traditional Italian restaurant with old school offerings like orecchiette, cacciucco, and costata di vitello. Known for their attentive service, your wine glass will never be empty and their ample wine selection and cocktail menu offer several options to accompany your meal.

Parents of picky-eaters need not worry about bringing the family along for dinner because Pan e Bene offers a kids menu with classic Italian options alongside kid-favorites like chicken and fries. Don’t forget to save room for dessert after your delectable meal– the tiramisu and tartufo la bomba are not to be missed!

4. Gabriele’s of Westport

27 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880

Gabriele’s of Westport blends the best of Italian cuisine coupled with the classic American steakhouse into an unforgettable cuisine experience. An upscale atmosphere with a dark wood interior and an illuminated hearth that creates a glowing ambiance, Gabriele’s is perfect for a dinner with friends or for date night. The raw bar features local selections of oysters as well as shrimp, crab meat, and a seafood tower.

Starters include steakhouse classics like Ahi Tuna Tartare alongside Italian favorites like grilled polpo, meatballs, and a salumi board. Mains like Lobster Carbonara and Cavatelli with Hot Italian Sausage are rich and flavorful. For those who want The Steak Experience, Gabriele’s offers several cuts, all dry-aged for 28 days that can be accompanied by sauces and add-ons like lobster tail. For a five star experience in Westport, Gabriele’s is a must!

5. Arezzo Ristorante

5 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880

For a flavorful Italian dinner with a view, look no further than Arezzo Ristorante. Chef Vinicio Llanos serves up from-scratch Italian dishes as guests take in the panoramic views of the Saugatuck River, the Post Road Bridge, and quintessential downtown Westport from the multi-tiered sundeck and patio.

Restaurant-goers can choose from Arezzo’s wide selection of antipasti, insalata, and mouthwatering pasta dishes like Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Tagliolini Nero Frutti di Mare, and Fettucini con Fungi that will please every palate. Secondi plates offer the best from the land and the sea cooked to perfection in Arezzo’s wood fired oven. Pizza-lovers will be pleased with the variety of classics offered like Figata e Prosciutto, Burrata Caprese and Contadina. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and picturesque views of Westport while savoring this authentic Italian cuisine.

6. Finalmente Trattoria

165 Post Road E, Westport, CT 06880

An intimate Italian bistro in the heart of Westport, Finalmente offers a classic menu with recipes that have been passed down through generations of family all the way from Isola Di Ponza, Italy and refined by Chef and owner Andre.

Diners rave about the out-of-this-world red sauce on the Gnocchi Caprese, the fresh anchovy in the homemade Caesar dressing, and the iconic Tuscan cheesecake is so rich and delightful, regulars demanded it have a permanent spot on the menu. The wine selection has been expertly curated and knowledgeable staff can recommend the best pairings for your meal.

7. Capuli Restaurant

143 Post Road E, Westport, CT 06880

Capuli restaurant offers California-Mediterranean cuisine, a twist on classic Italian, that does not disappoint. With a focus on fresh ingredients, seasonal veggies, and lean meats you can be certain each dish is crafted with care.

Appetizers include a variety of chimichurri skewers as well as traditional dishes like grilled octopus and crostini. Green goddesses will be delighted at the bowl menu featuring several gluten free, vegan salad options like the Mediterranean, California, and Harvest bowls. Popular entrees and crowdpleasers like Eggplant Polenta Napoleon, traditional Tagliatelle al Sugo, and Seared Scallops will leave you stuffed and satisfied. Capuli is fast becoming a local favorite with their inclusive and delectable menu!