Find great Italian food at these Halifax restaurants

For a small city, Halifax has a surprisingly extensive Italian selection. Whether you want just pizza, something a little fancier, or a place to go with the family, there’s definitely something to meet your needs here in the city. Buon appetito!

Ristorante a Mano

1477 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Z4

Located right on the Halifax waterfront, not only will you have great food a aMano, but you’ll have great views. The restaurant has a large outdoor patio that is packed all summer long, and serves up homemade gnocchi, Illy coffee, and of course, lots of wine. You won’t be disappointed with your restaurant choice (or your view) when you get your Italian fix from Ristorante aMano.

La Frasca Cibi & Vini

5650 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H4

This restaurant prides itself on bringing “old and new together, with a modern twist on familiar tastes.” Located in the heart of downtown, you can’t go wrong with the restaurant, cuisine or location. Enjoy your meal and then walk down the street to one of Halifax’s many craft breweries to finish off the night.

da Maurizio Dining Room

1496 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3R5

This Italian restaurant represents our best in fine dining Italian cuisine, and also offers private dining if you’re planning to dine with a crowd. The restaurant atmosphere is fancy and sophisticated, and the menu and wine list are much the same. Enjoy a great night out right in the heart of downtown Halifax.

The Bicycle Thief

1475 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Z2

Situated right across the parking lot from Ristorante aMano, your hardest decision when it comes to Italian will be deciding which restaurant to choose. The menu at Bicycle Thief is extensive, authentic and loaded with Italian options that blend a local theme, often featuring lots of delicious Nova Scotia seafood. But make your choice quick: there’s never any tables left on their gorgeous waterfront patio!

Piatto Pizzeria Enoteca

5144 Morris St, Halifax, NS B3J 1B1

Specializing in classic Italian pizza, Piatto is a great place for lunch or dinner. It has a bit of a less formal sit down atmosphere and an extensive pizza selection. But don’t think you’re limited to pizza: the menu offers lots of Italian options.

Cafe Chianti

1241 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Y2

This restaurant seeks to mix the seasonal produce and traditional ingredients of Nova Scotia with the familiar flavours and dishes of Italy. Voted Halifax Regional Municipality’s Restaurant of the Year by the local paper, they clearly get it right and will leave you ready to come back for more no matter which Italian dish you choose!

Tomavino's Pizzeria & Ristorante

5173 South St, Halifax, NS B3J 1A2

A little restaurant nestled at the bottom of a tall building, on first look you may miss Tomavinos. But resume your search, because this place is not to be missed. The small size means the authenticity of the food is like none other, and they are known for their delicious, 20-year perfected pizza, made using local, seasonal ingredients.

No matter how good your coffee is at home, sometimes it’s just nice to go out. Whether you’re grabbing your cup of joe on your daily morning commute, or are looking for a place where you can sit down on a Sunday morning and spend a few hours poring over the paper and catching up on emails, this list has you covered. Set the alarm early, because coffee is calling, and these places know how to do it right!
Whether it’s your first date, or your 21st, it’s nice to go some place a little different, and maybe completely new to celebrate your time together. If you’re new to the city, start at the top and work your way through 10 dates. If you’re a seasoned Haligonian, pick your favourite, get dressed up and head out on date night. In a city surrounded by the ocean and known for it’s craft beer, you can’t go wrong!
There’s nothing to start the weekend like a delicious brunch. And when it’s one that is made by someone else and there’s delicious drinks involved, it’s even better. Even if you’re a Halifax local, or a regular visitor to the city, you’ll be doing yourself a favour by checking out some of these delicious brunch spots!
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