Stockholm loves a great Italian restaurant and lucky for both city dwellers and visitors the Italian restaurant scene is not just growing but also getting better and better all the time.
Italian cuisine, which made its way to Stockholm quite a few decades ago, was originally seen as pizza, pasta, and maybe some more pizza. Spaghetti Bolognese and lasagna played supporting roles… to pizza. But while we’ll never turn down a top-notch pizza things have changed and Mamma Mia! Those changes have us drooling. Here are Stockholm’s best Italian restaurants.
Sure, this fantastic little gem has pizza on the menu but this is the kind of pizza where the recipe is defended to the death. It really is that good – but if you’re in the mood for something a bit more upscale the menu will not disappoint. How about some potato crisp and truffle dip to whet your appetite, followed by a fig, prosciutto & pine nut anti pasti? Then maybe some goat cheese, sage & amaretti ravioli? Yes, our mouths are watering as well.
Where: Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464, Kungsholmen
Started by Angelo Ottobre back in 1989 Papa and sister restaurant Italiano are still run by Angelo’s family today. The staff is Italian, the food is Italian, the atmosphere is Italian – and this is some of the best Italian food you’ll find outside of Italy. The classic Saltimbocca all Romana is a house specialty and we recommend trying the Pappardelle al Ragù di Cinghiale, which includes while boar, pancetta, red wine, and baby spinach. The wine list is near perfection.
Where: Riddargatan 9, Östermalm
Located in the heart of Old Town Paganini is rustic and authentic and dedicated to the finest ingredients. At lunch you’ll find some Swedish favourites mixed in with the Italian but evenings is when this spot really shines, particularly with a wine list representing all regions of Italy.
Where: Västerlånggatan 75, Old Town
This cosy little neighbourhood Italian restaurant does a bustling business and with good reason: the menu includes classics such as Carpaccio con ruccola and Linguini Vongole but you’ll also find Linguini del Golfo and Penne Stravaganti. And the Panna Cotta? Bellissimo! The knowledgeable and friendly staff are the final flourish.
Where: Frejgatan 48, Vasastan
Uncomplicated, comfortable and dedicated to homemade food this is how grandma does Italian – if grandma thew a modern twist into her cooking. All the classics are here, such as Frutti di Mari and lasagna – and that pizza we were talking about? The award winning pizza here is cooked in an Italian wood oven and is among the best in the city.
Where: Birger Jarlsgatan 95, Vasastan
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