Best Italian Restaurants in Stockholm

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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.
Last updated: March 22, 2024

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.

Find the right Italian restaurant in Stockholm


From Södermalm to Vasastan, from Old Town to Östermalm, and of course in the heart of the city – if you’re looking for an excellent Italian restaurant in Stockholm, you have a plethora of lovely gems to choose from.

The city offers everything from luxury restaurants with Italian-inspired fine dining to cozy neighborhood restaurants with a Lady and the Tramp atmosphere, red and white checkered tablecloths, and candles. To help you find your favorite in the Italian restaurant scene, we’ve created a guide to Stockholm’s best Italian restaurants. Bon appetito!

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Basta

Basta - Italian restaurant in Stockholm

Enjoy delicious Italian food in a fantastic setting – Photo: © Emma Broberg

How about enjoying fantastic Italian food in the middle of the city with unbeatable views of Stockholm’s rooftops? That’s what you get when you visit the restaurant Basta. Take the elevator to the fourth floor in Åhléns City and get ready for a restaurant experience beyond the ordinary. Basta is consistently top class, but the guests’ big favorite is their spectacular rooftop terrace, one of the city’s absolute best with sun from morning to evening. The terrace offers a wonderful Capri feeling and is perfect whether you want to have lunch or an after-work with colleagues, have a cozy evening with your partner or have a guaranteed successful start to your night out with friends. Eccellente! as the Italians themselves would say.

Basta has a great passion for Italian cuisine, and the extensive menu has something for everyone. Start with antipasti – delicious small dishes inspired by Italy’s street food culture. Then continue with a tasty main course. Here you’ll find Neapolitan fine pizzas with long-fermented dough and exciting toppings, fresh pasta (which they describe as hipster pasta), salads, and risotto. Then end your meal in the best way with a sweet dolci (dessert). When you’re full and satisfied, just sit down in the fantastic bar and enjoy a fresh drink, a glass of wine, or some other good beverage. What more could you ask for? You’ll simply find the good things in life on Åhléns’ roof.

Åhléns City, Klarabergsgatan 50, Norrmalm/City

La Nonna

Basta - Italian restaurant in Stockholm

“Nothing tastes better than Nonna’s food”.

La Nonna is an Italian restaurant in Kungsholmen that takes you on a culinary food journey in Italian cuisine. The restaurant has received several awards, and it’s clear that the owners have Italian blood in their veins. Here you get to experience Italian food and atmosphere at its best. Nonna means grandmother, and the great source of inspiration is the food in grandma’s kitchen – where, as you know, it always tastes the best.

The menu at La Nonna has everything you can expect from an excellent Italian, and they offer delicious taste experiences for those who like meat, fish, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Fettuccine with veal fillet and truffle, grilled tuna, gambas, tenderloin, and risotto are some of the guests’ favorites. To accompany the food, there’s an extensive and well-sorted wine list where you are guaranteed to find something you like.

The friendly staff delivers first-class service and ensures that you and your party have a good time in every way. So aim for Fleminggatan next time you’re hungry for delicious food. In addition, La Nonna is dog-friendly if you want to bring your four-legged friend when you go out to eat.

Fleminggatan 45, Kungsholmen

Paganini

Ristorante Paganini Stockholm
Visit Paganini in Old Town for some great Italian food

Paganini is a restaurant in Old Town and one of Stockholm’s veterans when it comes to Italians. Since 1995, they’ve served delicious, high-quality food in a rustic and historic atmosphere on Västerlånggatan. A true “ristorante” where you can enjoy authentic Italian delicacies prepared with love and first-class ingredients. Stockholm meets Tuscany, and classic is mixed with innovation (“Nuovo e Classico”). The inspiration is vast – everyone from old ladies in the countryside to greedy chefs in Modena has contributed. And the result is delightful.

At Paganini, you can have both lunch and dinner. The popular lunches mix Swedish and Italian home cooking, but it’s in the evenings that this gem really comes alive. The exciting à la carte menu, mainly focusing on the Emiliga-Romagna region, offers high-class dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients. Enjoy small dishes, antipasti, burrata, cold cuts, pasta, pizza, meat, and fish dishes – there’s something for everyone. The icing on the cake is the extensive wine list, which has something from every Italian region.

Västerlånggatan 75, Old Town

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Florentine

Scarpetta - Italian restaurant in Stockholm
Enjoy delicious handmade pasta at the modern trattoria Florentine

A delicious Neapolitan pizza with fresh toppings? Handmade pasta that makes your mouth water? Or any other Italian classic? That’s what you’ll be served at Florentine, a restaurant in Södermalm located at Medborgarplatsen. Entering this restaurant is like visiting a glamorous Italian movie classic from the 70s. The modern and exclusive trattoria is inspired by Italian disco culture and takes you on a culinary journey to Italy, where the atmosphere is at its best – more is more! Behind the concept are the founders of the successful Basta restaurants.

Tradition meets modern cooking techniques in the kitchen, and the menu is full of well-prepared Italian classics where the raw ingredients and craftsmanship take center stage. There are tasty pizzas à la Napoli with high-quality toppings and dough that has fermented for 72 hours. If you’re more in the mood for handmade pasta, there are several excellent options, and of course, there are also a number of main courses with meat and fish. The icing on the cake is the desserts, led by Florentine’s unique version of tiramisu. In short, there’s something for everyone, and the restaurant is just as good for a three-course family dinner as it is for a nice bar hangout with friends.

The lovely venue is 500 square meters and has room for 200+ guests. And the decor, created by internationally award-winning designers, is extraordinary, to say the least. Handmade Murano chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and historic hand-carved marble statues line the walls. Add to that a beautiful marble floor, a theatrical open kitchen, and many other amazing details. And above all, Florentine has a magnificent 360-degree cocktail bar where you can sip homemade drinks from the impressive menu or spontaneously dance to DJs.

Folkungagatan 44, Södermalm

Dolce Vita

Get an authentic Italian experience at Dolce Vita in Kungsholmen
Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant on Kungsholmen that’s all about the Italian way. You get checkered tablecloths, candlelight, dimmed lighting, and everything else that goes with it: a Lady and the Tramp atmosphere, in short. The restaurant has been offering Stockholmers and tourists from near and far an authentic Italian experience since 1984, and here you come to eat well and socialize with friends and family à la Italy – with lots of laughter and joy.

They serve both lunch and dinner, and the menu has something for everyone. Meat, fish, vegetarian – and, of course, pasta and pizza. All prepared with love and fresh, quality ingredients. With your meal, you can enjoy good Italian wine from the well-stocked wine cellar and round off your meal with one of the delicious desserts and a cup of coffee. The friendly staff provide excellent service and take care of you and your party in the best possible way. Tasty, pleasant, and very Italian – at Dolce Vita, it’s all about the good life.

Kungsholmsgatan 16, Kungsholmen

Capannone

Enjoy delicious food in an elegant setting at Capannone

On Roslagsgatan in Vasastan, you’ll find the elegant Italian restaurant Capannone. Here you and your party can enjoy genuine flavors and food traditions in a stylish and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant is located downstairs from the ground floor and when you enter, you’ll be greeted by dim lighting, stylish velvet furniture, and white tablecloths. Whether you’re looking for a romantic restaurant for a date or want to have a delicious dinner with family or friends, you’ll like it here.

Inspired by New York’s Little Italy, the menu offers a wide range of delicacies, including fresh, handmade pasta, fried seafood, and grilled fish, always seasonal and very well-prepared. The dessert cart is a guest favorite, offering treats like tiramisù, profiteroles, and cannoli.

Capannone also has a nice and spacious bar with both bar counter and armchairs, perfect for sipping a Negroni or Bellini before dinner or just meeting up for a good glass of wine. If you’re a larger group wanting a private dinner, there’s also a chambre séparée, Camera Separata, with room for up to 20 people.

Roslagsgatan 4, Vasastan

Invece

Enjoy Italian delicacies at Invece

In the middle of Götgatan, between Medborgarplatsen and Skanstull, in Södermalm, you’ll find the Italian restaurant Invece. Here, you’re offered a restaurant experience à la Italian trattoria with delicious food, good drinks, first-class service, and a pleasant atmosphere. The place has a big city vibe, and the decor is stylish and elegant with brown leather sofas, green wood panels, and lovely retro posters.

The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner (plus brunch on weekends), and the menus are a dream for lovers of Italian food culture. There are carefully selected charcuterie, handmade pasta, rustic meat and fish dishes, and fresh vegetarian dishes. All are well-prepared from scratch using quality seasonal ingredients. The specially compiled wine list maintains the same high standards and offers a wide range of classic and exclusive Italian wines.

Invece also has a nice cocktail bar with the feeling of Italy meets New York. Perfect for sipping a Negroni or Limoncello Spritz before dinner or hanging out all evening (why not have an after-work?). And in summer, don’t miss the cozy outdoor terrace where you can watch the bustling crowds of Götgatan while enjoying good food and drinks.

Götgatan 73, Södermalm

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Scarpetta

Scarpetta - Italian restaurant in Stockholm
Sit down, relax, have a drink and some delicious Italian food at Scarpetta

Scarpetta is a restaurant in Stockholm run by the well-known Emilio and Åsa Ingrosso. On Drottninggatan, in the middle of Stockholm city, the couple has created a popular neighborhood restaurant with the best of Italian cuisine. The concept, where the influences come from a fusion of Amalfi, Capri, Ibiza, and Mallorca, is a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic decor, great music, generous opening hours, good service, and, of course, delicious food. In other words, everything you could wish for in an excellent restaurant. And considering how popular Scarpetta is, they’ve definitely found a successful set-up.

Take your customers to a luxurious business lunch (two- or three-course meals that change weekly). Ask your partner out on a cozy dinner date and enjoy a creamy saffron risotto or beef fillet with duck liver pâté. Or gather the whole family for a wonderful Sunday dinner. Whatever the occasion, Scarpetta delivers an unforgettable dining experience. And the pleasant and cozy outdoor seating is recommended if the weather allows.

Drottninggatan 71A, Norrmalm/City

Il Molo

Il Molo, Italian restaurant Stockholm
Il Molo is one of Stockholm’s best Italian restaurants

Do you want to eat delicious Italian food right in the heart of Stockholm? Then you should head to Il Molo, located inside the mall Gallerian in the city center. Here you’ll find dishes from all over Italy – from north to south – and the menu has something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for meat, fish, pasta, or something else. And don’t miss Il Molo’s amazing pizzas with delicious toppings and a dough that has been fermented for almost four days.

Gallerian, Hamngatan 37, Norrmalm/City

Grappa

Grappa is a cozy Italian restaurant with a nice bar and lounge

If you are looking for good Italian food in Vasastan, the restaurant Grappa is a good choice. You’ll find it at Sankt Eriksplan, and here you can sit in the pleasant dining room with a stylish interior and have a great time. Among the tables are everything from couples on a date to larger groups, and over the years, the restaurant has gained a lot of regulars. And it’s not surprising. There’s a great atmosphere, friendly staff who deliver good service, and a broad menu with something for everyone – à la carte, pizza, pasta, vegetarian dishes, and salads.

The restaurant also has a cozy bar and lounge, with comfortable chairs and sofas – perfect for anything from an intimate glass of wine to an after-work mingle. The bar serves an extensive range of drinks, from wine and champagne to beer and cider. And, of course, the Italian spirit grappa. Should you wish to have a private dinner or a company meeting, Grappa has a spacious chambre séparée, and in the summer, you shouldn’t miss the large outdoor terrace, which is often full of people.

Sankt Eriksgatan 86, Vasastan

Agaton

Restaurang Agaton Stockholm
Restaurang Agaton in Old Town
As you walk on the cobblestone streets of Old Town, you feel how every street, every alley, every building, carries a story. And Restaurang Agaton, located in a house that’s more than 500 years is no exception. The restaurant is named after the former tenant, the men’s clothing store Agaton, and since 1999 they’ve served a delicious mix of Swedish and Italian cuisine in a warm and homely environment with excellent service.

The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, and the menu has something for everyone – meat and fish dishes, vegetarian food, fresh pasta, or freshly baked pizzas. And why not finish your meal with a classic Italian dessert topped with Swedish berries?

Västerlånggatan 72, Old Town

Italiano

Italiano in Östermalm offers a genuine Italian dining experience
Italiano is an Italian restaurant run by an Italian family in Östermalm, on the corner of Nybrogatan and Riddargatan. This warm and welcoming restaurant opened back in 1989 and was the family’s first. Since then, the business has grown to include the restaurants Papà and Ciccio’s, both a stone’s throw away, the Italian bar Italiano Bar on Stureplan, and the inn Mäster Anders in Kungsholmen.

With its beautiful dining room, Italiano is perfect for everything from a cozy date to an important business dinner. And it’s really Italy all the way – the service-oriented staff, the unique family atmosphere, and, of course, the food culture. Here, you can dine with friends or family in the Italian way, with smaller portions and several dishes shared by the group. The menu is composed by a well-qualified chef, and you’ll find well-cooked Italian food, from pasta to charcoal-grilled dishes. The wine list is also high class, and make sure to try the restaurant’s delicious cocktails.

Nybrogatan 12, Östermalm

Stockholms Glass- & Pastahus

Stockholms Glass- & Pastahus
Stockholms Glass- & Pastahus was one of the first restaurants in the city to serve pasta

If there’s something we associate with Italian cuisine, it’s pasta, and one of the first restaurants in Stockholm to start serving this food favorite was Stockholms Glass- & Pastahus. Already in the mid-1980s, inspiration from Italy led this family-owned and guest-friendly restaurant to start offering pasta dishes. In other words, they know how to cook authentic Italian pasta. And their concept has been appreciated by their guests, who keep coming back to enjoy excellent and well-cooked food (there’s much more besides pasta dishes).

In their nice restaurant next to the park Tessinparken in Östermalm, a stone’s throw from the mall Fältöversten, you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu, composed by the well-acclaimed chef, includes a classic Carbonara, a fresh Linguine Scampi, and a delicious Risotto Funghi. Plus tasty pizzas, salads, and some Swedish classics. Eat on-site, order takeaway, or sit down at their sunny outdoor seating if the weather is good. Stockholms Glass- & Pastahus also has a deli if you want to buy goodies to bring home, and before you go, don’t miss their heavenly good ice cream. (If you’re going to have a party, their famous cakes and pastries – especially for Christmas and New Year’s – are also recommended.)

Valhallavägen 155, Östermalm

Michelangelo

Trattorian, Italian restaurant Stockholm

Michelangelo will satisfy your sweet tooth

Old Town, with its beautiful cobbled streets and historic buildings, is not only one of Stockholm’s most famous tourist attractions but also offers some of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants. One of the most favored among Stockholmers and tourists is Michelangelo, a trattoria located in a charming historic building dating back to the 16th century on the bustling Västerlånggatan. This place has everything you need for a pleasant dining experience – good food, friendly staff, and a cozy atmosphere à la Lady and the Tramp with red and white checkered tablecloths, candles, and atmospheric music.

But it’s not just the environment that makes Michelangelo a favorite. The food is also high-class. The menu offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, from classics to modern creations. There’s something for all tastes – meat (don’t miss the restaurant’s giant 1.2 kg T-bone steak), fish, vegetarian, pasta, and antipasti. Not to mention the popular pizzas – stone-oven baked and Neapolitan with fresh Fior Di Latte and San Marzano tomato sauce. The food is complemented by an extensive wine list filled with hand-picked Italian wines. Try Michelangelo the next time you want to experience a piece of Italy in the Swedish capital.

Västerlånggatan 62, Gamla stan

Trattorian

Trattorian, Italian restaurant Stockholm
Enjoy Italian delicacies at Trattorian

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 fig, prosciutto & pine nut antipasti? Then maybe some goat cheese, sage & amaretti ravioli? Yes, our mouths are watering as well, so head to Trattorian at Norr Mälarstrand as soon as possible!

Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464, Kungsholmen

Linguini

This cozy little neighborhood 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.
Frejgatan 48, Vasastan

We hope you’ll enjoy your visit and your food at the best Italian restaurants in Stockholm!

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