The Cheshire Italian restaurants to try before you die

The best places in the county for your carbonara


Italian food is a failsafe option when going out for dinner. There’s something for everyone, be it spaghetti carbonara or penne in a simple sauce, margarita pizza or spicy pepperoni.

Here’s the lowdown of the best Italian restaurants in Cheshire.

Gusto (Alderley Edge, Knutsford and Cheadle Hulme)

Gusto is hard to beat. Great food, amazing atmosphere and friendly staff for a reasonable price. 

Their food can be simple if you want to keep it on the cheap side (Margherita pizza for £8.50!) or you can splash out with the family and have lobster spaghetti.

Piccolino (Alderley Edge, Bramhall, Chester, Knutsford, Hale and Stockton Heath)

Piccolino is hard to beat. With its glamorous decor, it’s so much more than your average pizza and pasta dishes.

It’s not too expensive, and is bound to impress if you take someone there for a date.

Scalini, Altrincham

More of a traditional Italian restaurant, this family business will bring joy to your tastebuds. Only small, you’ll need to book in advance, but it’s somewhere to try if you’re in the area.

Their garlic bread is to die for, and the pasta dishes are beautifully made with care and attention.

Turturici, Davenham

Set in the quaint village of Davenham just outside Northwich, Turturici is somewhere to take your dad for father’s day.

The food is delicious, and the staff are unbelievably friendly. A taste of Naples in Northwich.

Pesto at The Cabbage Hall, Tarporley 

The ultimate place for people with a big appetite. You can order as many tapas-style dishes as you like, varying from pizza to spicy meatballs, so you’ll never get bored halfway through your dinner, and you can just keep on ordering extra things! It’s like a dream come true…

La Fattoria, Chester 

Where the Italian families go to eat, La Fattoria is a gem of a restaurant. Big portions and a warm atmosphere, their pizzas and pastas are to die for.

They offer gluten-free and dairy-free options as part of their menu, and the gelato is gobsmackingly delicious.

The Italian Lab, Wilmslow 

An unusual name for an unusual restaurant, “The Italian Lab” is glamorous and modern with their take on Italian food.

The hot chocolate is unbelievably good, and the paninis at lunchtime are worth a try.

Danilo’s Pizzeria, Hale 

In the middle of Hale village by the train station is Danilo’s, an Italian restaurant that’s been there for years. It knocks Pizza Express out of the water in terms of quality and it’s even been known to host the likes of Louis Van Gaal.

Their pizzas are to die for, but you’ll need to book in advance as it gets busy.