Best Italian Spots in Winston-Salem
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent pasta dish, a wood-fired calzone, or maybe just a good ol’ slice of pizza, we have a taste of Italy right here in Winston-Salem. In this article, we’ve rounded up the best Italian eats in Winston-Salem. Next time that pasta craving hits, check out one of these locally-owned Italian gems! Buon appetito!
Updated October 2023
ADDRESS | 380 Knollwood Street
Don’t let the strip mall exterior fool you, BLL Rotisserie Factory will greet you with a warm welcome and some delicious cuisine. Serving Winston-Salem since 1993, this family-owned joint incorporates its flagship house-made rotisserie chicken into many of their Italian pasta dishes.
Pro Tip: Try their Chicken Alla Boscaiola for a hearty, authentic dish!
ADDRESS | 707 Trade Street NW
Mission Pizza boasts much more than its name may suggest! While they specialize in craft pizzas with authentic Italian toppings, they also have a solid selection of pasta – classic, but with a modern spin. Chef Peyton Smith was one of two chefs from Winston-Salem to be named a semi-finalist for a James Beard award! Looking for more pizza? Check out our pizza guide!
Pro Tip: $5 wine by the glass on Wednesdays!
ADDRESS | 680 W 4th Street
Quanto Basta is one of the more authentic Italian eateries here in Winston-Salem; their menu truly covers all the bases! From meatballs and arancini for starters to all the pasta your heart desires – Bolognese, Chicken Marsala, and don’t forget the Short Ribs Barbaresco with house-made gnocchi!
Pro Tip: They have one of the most extensive wine lists, you’re sure to find something to pair with each of the exquisite pasta dishes!!
ADDRESS | 601 N Liberty Street
Cibo Trattoria has it all – an array of Italian fare and a full bar set in a spacious, upscale atmosphere. It has mouthwatering appetizers like Wagyu meatballs and delicious pasta entrées like the Capellini Prosciutto. The Veal Osso Buco is a home run!
Pro Tip: Cibo Trattoria has two private event spaces you can book for any special occasion.
ADDRESS | 301 Brookstown Ave
Di Lisio’s owner and Naples, Italy native, Tony Di Lisio, brings an extensive menu with an old-world Italian feel right to downtown Winston. Whether you enjoy your meal outside on the casual patio, or inside for a more upscale feel, the hearty dishes here are sure to satisfy. They even have a build your own pasta menu with all the sauces!
Pro Tip: Try the Mozzarella in Carozza appetizer for an elevated fried mozzarella experience!
ADDRESS | 633 N Liberty Street
Located inside Roar, Est! Est!! Est!!! is dishing up some of the most authentic Italian eats in the city. These dishes are not only delicious but very pleasing to the eye. Chef Simone Conosciani, hailing from Rome, Italy, provides a unique take on Caprese, featuring prosciutto and burrata. The Cacio e Pepe is a must-try!
Pro Tip: Try boutique bowling or have a drink on the rooftop bar at Roar, during your trip to Est! Est!! Est!!!
ADDRESS | 5089 Country Club Rd
Enjoy the best of New York and Sicilian-style pizza at this charming Italian restaurant. With counter service and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to indulge in delicious pasta, stromboli, calzones, subs, and more. Don’t miss out on their authentic Greek pitas and platters, including the mouthwatering lamb gyro and flavorful chicken souvlaki.
Bonus: They also have a gluten-free crust option for their pizza!
ADDRESS | 930 Gramercy Park Ln
Experience authentic Italian cuisine without breaking the bank at Francesco’s. With a casual dining atmosphere, their menu is filled with classic dishes such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana, subs, pizza, strombolis, and calzones. Our team recommends the baked ziti and the steak and cheese stromboli.
Pro Tip: Save room for dessert because Francesco’s serves DJ’s Cheesecakes for dessert!
ADDRESS | 3449 Robinhood Road
Vincenzo’s has been serving up consistently fantastic Italian food in Winston-Salem for over 50 years. Vincenzo’s only offers take-out and delivery, allowing you to savor their delicious dishes in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy a full Italian menu featuring all your favorite classics, alongside their New York-style pizzas.
Bonus: If you order take-out, check out the wall of celebrities who have visited Vincenzo’s when you pick up your order.