Vive La Italia

Vive La Italia

Where do you go if you’re craving Italian food? We’ve got some ideas. 

1. The Pizza Works

Where: Sanad
Known for: pizza

pizza works

Pizza Works serves some of the best pizzas in Bahrain. With choices like Pollo Rosso, Pizza Quattro Formaggi and Diavolo; as well as best-selling dishes like Mushroom Alfredo; guests are in for a treat. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Nutella pizza, which is a pizza spread with Nutella, strawberries, bananas, and hazelnut.

2. Vanelli’s 

Where: all over Bahrain
Known for: fast food delivery


Despite being known as a fast-food joint, Vanelli’s serves up comforting Italian food made fresh in front of you. You can choose from chicken or shrimp, vegetables, or sausages plus let them know if you want it spicy or normal; and they’ll whip up the pasta right before your eyes. Get a Greek salad on the side, it is delicious.

3. Petalo

Where: Riffa
Known for: quirky, charming interior and great food
Website: Road 1412 mashtan avenue، Riffa


Petalo Cafe aims to turn food into fine art. From cooking to plating, they find ways to elevate the palate and enhance guest experience. Petalo itself, is a charming little cafe with an outside courtyard (complete with fountain). A one-stop shop, you can also buy flower arrangements and cakes from the store.

4. Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant

Where: BLock 338, Adliya
Known for: iconic landmark


Nicole’s is a beautiful establishment with a bright, airy interior. It compliments the food perfectly as the mix of Mediterranean dishes are always nice and fresh and piquantly seasoned. Beef Rib Eye, Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Nicole’s Signature Pizza are on the menu. An unforgettable dining experience, Nicole’s should definitely be on your list.

5. Joey’s 

Where: BLock 338, Adliya
Known for: perfect pizza


Despite its unpretentious exterior, Joey’s serves great food as seen above. From risotto, to canelloni, to pizza; Joey’s got you covered. Try Joey’s special pizza which is fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and mushrooms topped with Joey’s special sauce. Or if you’re in the mood for gnocchi, their version is home-made stuffed pasta served with cheese and rose sauce.

6. Carino’s 

Where: Sanabis
Known for: Italian comfort food


If you aim for simple, authentic Italian fare; you can’t go wrong with Carino’s. From Baked Cheese Tortellini to Grilled Citrus Balsamic Salmon, to homemade Baked Lasagna; you’ll find comfort food and great staff at this place. The Eggplant Parmigiana is a real winner, while the spicy Sicilian Fire Sticks are only for the daredevils.

6. Cafe Italia

Where: Sanabis
Known for: authentic Italian cuisine in an exquisite setting

cafe italia

This charming little place is elegant and serves impeccable food. From gnocchi to ravioli, to Tuscan Seafood Soup; the possibilities are rich and endless. They have their own take on Arabic pizza (thyme & labneh and egg & tomato) and the hammour spaggheti. Romantic and endlessly surprising, this is a great place to take your special someone for an occasion.

7. L’ulivo

Where: Sanabis
Known for: pasta, pizza, and steak


Refreshingly casual, L’ulivo will definitely be on your list of favorite restaurants. The funghi fritte and vegetarian lasagna is fantastic. You can also try the sampler (which consists of a combination of their best appetizers); which is perfect for a group. In addition, they have very cool pizza flavors like Asparagus, Potato, and Eggplant. Definitely exciting!

8. Cucina Italiana

Where: Road 2411, Block 324, Building 670, Juffair
Known for: authentic Italian food

cucina italiana

A truly unique restaurant that takes great pride in delivering the highest quality dishes with only the freshest and finest hand-picked ingredients maintaining traditional Italian cooking techniques. Cucina Italiana has proven a sure fire hit with the local, ex-pat and tourist community alike. Whether it’s a business lunch, romantic evening or a friends and family get-together Cucina Italiana has something for everyone.

9. Il Gondoliere 

Where: Asdal Gulf Inn
Known for: homey Italian style

Il Gondoliere

Italian food in a very contemporary setting. This is what awaits you at Il Gondoliere, Asdal Gulf Inn’s flagship restaurant. Savor succulent pastas, savory pizzas, and more. Also take advantage of their offers (like Buy 1 Get 1 pizza free!). They also have daily luncheon affairs that won’t break the bank. Great value for money!

10. Fiamma 

Where: Sofitel
Known for: authentic Italian food

If you have a craving for Italian food, you can’t go wrong with Fiamma. With an adequate offering of antipasto, soups, pizza, fish, meat, and risotto; you’ll have all your favorites at hand. Exquisitely prepared and presented food, a great ambiance, and flawless service all make for one memorable meal.

What is your favorite Italian restaurant?