They say that if there are any two sets of people that can’t be more alike, it’s Italians and Indians. Both love their food more than anything else and their entire day revolves around the four meals of the day. As much as we love our butter naan and butter chicken, we can’t help but reach for that last slice of pizza or that forkful of spaghetti that has been bestowed upon us by our Italian brethren. Even though it is really difficult to find pasta that meets the Italian standard, we rounded up the best Italian restaurants in Mumbai that do justice to the cuisine.
1. Lasagne Di Funghi At CinCin, Bandra Kurla Complex
The very first thing that I associate with Italian food is simple, clean flavours and a lot of colour. CinCin doesn’t disappoint in either way for their food tastes ike you’d something you would eat by the Italian coast. With delectable pizzas and pastas, all you need is a glass of vino and you are good to go for Sunday drunch.
Address – CinCin, Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, C-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Contact – 022 61378070
We recommend – Lasagne Di Funghi, ₹650 (Exclusive of taxes)
2. Fusilli Al Pesto At Gustoso, Khar
One of the best Italian restaurants in the city, Gustoso has got to be one of the best pizza spots in the city. And if that is not your thing, then you just have to sample their pasta, especially the raviolis which are stuffed to the limit and taste absolutely divine.
Address – Gustoso, Jharna Apartments, Dr. BR Ambedkar Road, Khar West, Khar, Mumbai
Contact – +91 7045000010
We recommend – Fusilli Al Pesto, ₹700 (Exclusive of taxes)
3. Pizza Verdura At Mia Cucina, Powai
Mia Cucina literally translates to ‘My Kitchen’ and that perfectly represents what the food tastes like. The pasta here tastes like a warm hug and one bite just won’t be enough. We always make sure to get ourselves a plate of their spaghetti which is always cooked to perfection.
Address – Mia Cucina, G3, Transocean House, Lake Boulevard Street, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai
Contact – +91 9619423108
We recommend – Pizza Verdura, ₹725 (Exclusive of taxes)
4. Diavola At Celini, Santacruz
Located inside the Grand Hyatt, the Italian restaurant, Celini makes some of the best pizzas in the city. They have the perfect dough to topping ratio and they are always fresh owing to Hyatt’s food quality standards. You could drop by and you’ll still find the kitchen at Celini open to bake you a fresh meal.
Address – Celini, Grand Hyatt, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumba
Contact – 022 66761149
We recommend – Diavola, ₹1190 (Exclusive of taxes)
5. Chicken Soup With Orzo Pasta At Trattoria, Cuffe Parade
It’s not just all pastas and pizzas when it comes to Italian food. There’s so much more to and they lend so much flavour to the food. The Chicken Soup with Orzo Pasta is a prime example of that. Being a Taj restaurant, you will never ever be disappointed.
Address – Trattoria, President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
Contact – 022 66650971
We recommend – Chicken Soup With Orzo Pasta, ₹575 (Exclusive of taxes)
6. Polpette di Pollo At Mezzo Mezzo, Juhu
This Italian place is known for its stellar food and a warm ambience. Right from entering the restaurant to having your meal, the staff ensures that you feel right at home. That more than speaks for how seriously they take their diners.
Address – Mezzo Mezzo, JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai
Contact – 022 50645728
We recommend – Polpette di Pollo, Price on request
7. Special Crostini At Riso, Ghatkopar
Now, this is an interesting one, for Riso only caters to the vegetarian audience. Yes, you heard that right. But their food is so good that it has the capability to turn the most steadfast non-vegetarian into a vegetarian. Their food is that good.
Address – Riso, Shop 9, 10, 11, SVDD School Compound, Hingwala Lane, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai
Contact – +91 9710101030
We recommend – Special Crostini, ₹280 (Exclusive of taxes)
8. Bigne de Pollo At Prego, Goregaon
Sure, Goregaon is a tad bit far away but the food at Prego is bound to lure you in. With minimalistic decor, the focus is solely on the food and they make sure that they get it right every single time.
Address – Prego, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Contact – 022 61054648
We recommend – Bigne de Pollo, ₹1025 (Exclusive of taxes)
9. Pizza Margherita At Terttulia, Dadar
My go-to place in Dadar when the cravings for Italian food reach the surface, Terttulia is popularly known for their pizzas and humongous quantities of pasta. You will need at least two people to finish a plate of pasta but you will be more than satiated once you have had your fill.
Address – Terttulia, Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway, Veer Savarkar Marg, Off Cadell Road, Sea Face Road, Dadar Shivaji Park, Mumbai
Contact – 022 24468833
We recommend – Pizza Margherita, ₹395 (Exclusive of taxes)
10. Formaggio de Patate At Quattro Ristorante, Lower Parel
Further down the map, we have Quattro in Lower Parel which dishes out some really good Italian grub. Besides the Italian delicacies, they also make great Mexican food. A side of antipasti with nachos sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
Address – Quattro, 7, Janta India Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact – 022 46104601
We recommend – Formaggio de Patate, ₹465 (Exclusive of taxes)
11. Gnocchi Al Ragu At Romano’s, Chakala
It honestly surprises me how Italians manage to do so much with just a few ingredients. Take the Gnocchi at Romano’s for example. Essentially a potato pasta, it sounds and looks really simple but making good gnocchi is really difficult to master. But that is something that the staff at Romano’s excels at.
Address – Romano’s, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Sahar, Chakala, Mumbai
Contact – 022 68493510
We recommend – Gnocchi Al Ragu, Price on request
12. Tuna Carpaccio At Botticino, Bandra Kurla Complex
After taking a trip to Italy in the summer, I was quite sceptical about eating Italian food in the city. I mean, can you really beat the Italians at their own game? Turns out the folks at Botticino can give them some strict competition though. Right from their Zuppas to their Mains, everything is spot on and made me nostalgic about my Italian summer.
Address – Botticino, C 56, G Block, Trident Hotel, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumba
Contact – 022 66727640
We recommend – Tuna Carpaccio, Price on request
13. Pollo Forza Pizza At Pizza Express, Multiple Outlets
Everyone loves a pizza from Pizza Express! And a side of dough balls to go along with the meal just seals the deal for me when it comes to dinner.
Address – Multiple outlets
We recommend – Pollo Forza Pizza, ₹595 (Exclusive of taxes)
14. Fettuccine Carbonara At Indigo Deli, Multiple Outlets
It’s tough to get a Fettucine Carbonara right. But not at Indigo Deli because their Fettucine Carbonara is neither goopy nor heavy. It’s pure perfection. And we keep on going back there for more. That and their ham and cheese sandwich.
Address – Multiple outlets
We recommend – Fettuccine Carbonara, ₹645 (Exclusive of taxes)
15. Assorted Non-Veg Bruschetta At Smoke House Deli, Multiple Outlets
Bruschetta doesn’t just have to be about bread and tomatoes because it can be so much more than that. With a variety of non-vegetarian toppings, the assorted non-veg bruschetta at Smoke House Deli is quite the snack!
Address – Multiple outlets
We recommend – Assorted Non-Veg Bruschetta, ₹785 (Exclusive of taxes)
16. Arancini Noir At Bandra Project By Pizza Express, Multiple Outlets
Everything tastes great when it’s fried. And of all the great things that taste great fried, the first thing that comes to mind is Arancini. Deep-fried balls filled with cheesy risotto, this is something that you won’t be able to stop snacking on.
Address – Bandra Project By Pizza Express, 534A, Ground Floor, HSBC Building, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
Contact – 022 62506800
We recommend – Arancini Noir, ₹395 (Exclusive of taxes)
17. Parma Ham At Salt Water Cafe, Bandra
A charcuterie board is something that everyone should try out at least once in their life. With various cuts of meats and cheeses, you’ll find yourself serving this at your next dinner party.
Address – Salt Water cafe, 87, Chapel Road, Near Mount Carmel Church, Bandstand, Bandra West, Mumba
Contact – +91 8657531985
We recommend – Parma Ham, ₹550 (Exclusive of taxes)
18. Italian Caprese Sandwich At Fable, Juhu
Besides your risottos and pastas, sandwiches play a major role in Italian cuisine too. And what’s better than a sandwich that comprises of fresh, crusty bread, tomatoes and cheese with just the right amount of basil.
Address – Multiple outlets
We recommend – Italian Caprese Sandwich, ₹415 (Exclusive of taxes)
19. Penne Arrabiata At Olio, Juhu
The humble Penne Arrabiata also gets a mention in this list. And it is because you really can’t go wrong with a dish that is so simple yet delicious. Pasta cooked al dente in tangy tomato sauce, you will simply fall in love with this creation.
Address – Olio, Novotel, Juhu Beach, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu, Mumbai
Contact – 022 66934444
We recommend – Penne Arrabiata, ₹875 (Exclusive of taxes)
20. Carbonara At Fratelli Fresh, Powai
Another favourite among the city folks, is Fratelli Fresh located in the Renaissance Hotel in Powai. Just like their name, the food here tastes fresh and zingy all the time and doesn’t leave room for complaints.
Address – Fratelli Fresh, Renaissance Hotel, 2-3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Mumbai
Contact – 022 61736063
We recommend – Carbonara, ₹1075 (Exclusive of taxes)
21. Burrata At Cecconi’s, Juhu
Is there anything better than some fresh creamy cheese? I say, there isn’t. Once you dig into the Burrata salad at Cecconi’s, you will know exactly what I am talking about. With splendid views of Juhu beach from the restaurant, a meal here is an experience in itself.
Address – Cecconi’s, Soho House Mumbai 16, Juhu Tara Road, Chandrabai Nagar, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Contact – 022 62133333
We recommend – Burrata, ₹575 (Exclusive of taxes)