Italian Restaurants in Lexington, KY

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Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Lexington's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Lexington. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Bella Notte or tell you that Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

This Lexington addition to the Italian chain Carino's is a fun place that's perfect for the whole family. With a roster of classic Italian dishes to choose from, you're sure to find something to hit the spot. Start the evening with an Italian specialty drink such as a Bellini or Italian Sangria. Then for an appetizer, try the Sicilian fire sticks, a medley of sausage, bacon, jalapeños and chicken tidily wrapped up in a tasty tortilla. Finally feast on one of their notable entrées such as the signature 16-layer lasagna or five-meat Tuscan pasta. (859-245-0091)

Occupying a former Jewish temple, this Lexington mainstay still sports stained glass windows, chandeliers, and other features from the building's late 19th century origin. These days, however, college students and locals munch pizza in the sanctuary and order beer from the pulpit's old location. Homemade pastas, sub sandwiches, and crisp salads round out the menu, but the pizza harks back to Joe B's origins and remains a long-lived favorite. Make sure to try their awesome breadsticks, too, homemade and delicious! (859-259-0495, 859-252-4933)

Upscale and elegant, this spacious restaurant shares quarters with professional offices in a renovated warehouse. Its candlelit dining rooms still retain the building's rustic charms while adding white linens and intriguing local art. Bustling and popular, Portofino also has a way with food, marrying Italian tradition with California innovation. Tempting pastas, fresh fish, tender steaks, and incredible seared scallops and steamed mussels offer proof of the gourmet menu, and a well-stocked bar offers great wines, cognacs, and bourbons. Opt for the wonderful outdoor patio when the weather accommodates. (859-253-9300)

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What are the best restaurants in Lexington, KY?

At a high price point, Malone's (steak and American food), Jonathan's at Gratz Park (fine dining Southern), and Portofino (Italian) are excellent. For lower priced