Getting your hands on good Italian food can be tricky in the southern states – after all, when we think of America’s biggest Little Italy, the mind goes right to New York. But believe it or not, Harrisonburg, VA is one place where you can find some amazing Italian restaurants south of the Mason Dixon line.
Whether you live in Harrisonburg or are just here visiting – located near the Swift Run Gap Entrance to Shenandoah National Park, the area gets its fair share of visitors – we’re sure that something on this list will satisfy your craving for tasty Italian cuisine. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up on the list:
Plus, we’ve done the legwork – every restaurant on this list has a link to the menu, information about the kitchen in question, and we even let you know which of these fine establishments are currently accepting GiftYa.
GiftYa is a digital gift card that can be sent within seconds right from your phone. These gift cards can be used at a variety of locations but are particularly popular for restaurants. This is especially true if you are out traveling and don’t love to carry cash around with you. Instead you can just carry your gift cards right on your phone that you take with you everywhere already.
You don’t even have to worry about keeping track of the gift cards and the balances because your phone does all of that for you. There really isn’t a more convenient option when it comes to buying gift cards and gifts for others.
Grab a Vito’s Italian Kitchen gift card by following the link!
1047 Port Republic Rd | Harrisonburg | vitositaliankitchen.com
Have you ever dreamed of taking a long (and delicious) European vacation to sample the best food Italy has to offer? Sigh. While international travel might be a little out of reach for dinner tonight, we’ve got the next best thing – Vito’s Italian Kitchen! The family-owned restaurant is serving up some of the best and most authentic Italian food you can find in Harrisonburg.
Vito was born in Carini, a small town on the Island of Sicily. Since 2007, he and his wife Katherine have been making locals and out-of-towners alike feel like family with fresh, tasty Italian meals and genuine hospitality. Popular menu items include the stuffed shells and shrimp scampi. If you’ve never tried the mushroom-topped classic chicken Marsala before, let Vito and his family introduce you to your new favorite dish.
“I'm an Italian American from the Northeast (NYC) so the bar for a decent Italian restaurant is pretty high. Food is reliably good and the staff who looks after you are efficient and pleasant If you want a "feel at home" kind of place where you'll be treated well and have great Italian-American comfort food, make your way to Vito's.” - Yelp Review
Grab a Benny’s gift card by following the link!
64 S Mason Ave | Harrisonburg | bennysva.com
Feeding a hungry family doesn’t have to break the bank – whether it’s your band of broke college friends or your spouse with the little ones in tow. Benny’s was born in 2011 “out of necessity” to serve up quick, quality, and most importantly affordable meals.
Pizza can be purchased by the slice for just $5 – and we’re using the word slice loosely here. A single cut of Benny’s pizza takes up two full-sized paper plates (a white tablecloth joint this ain’t) and can serve as a respectable meal for even the hangriest people out there. A buck or two extra will get you some toppings, or if you wanna drop a little more dough (pun intended) you can get a whole 28” pie, which should feed approximately two families and you may want to measure before attempting to squeeze it through the door to your dorm. Yes, that advice is based on experience.
If you’re feeling brave (and are 18 or older), you can even participate in Benny’s Challenge – which means if you can get through a whole pizza all on your own, you can even pocket some winnings to take home.
“When it says online it's a big slice, OMG!!! I called in to order a pie from the car. When I walked in to get it I saw this monster size pizza. It has it's own zip code! The crust is perfect. The sauce is very flavorful. The cheese is just the right amount of balance between flavor, oils and salt.
What a pizza! And open til 3 am!!!” - Yelp Review
1059 S High St | Harrisonburg | brotherspizzapastasubs.com
Not sure what form you want your comfort food to come in? It’s okay, we’ve all been there – craving something warm, cheesy, and delicious, but we’re not sure exactly what. If you find yourself in this boat in Harrisonburg, Brothers Italian Restaurant has plenty of options to help you satisfy your Italian food craving.
Known around town for serving up great food and huge portions, you won’t want to miss classics like the gnocchi sorrento, eggplant parmigiana, or chicken cacciatore. Or, bring some friends to split a tasty pizza pie…but definitely don’t forget about cannoli for dessert.
“This food was incredible. The worker helped us navigate the menu and offered a pizza special they were having that day which we ended up getting. We got the meat lover's pizza and it was so so delicious. Huge slices in the large pizza and lots of meat piled on. Would highly recommend!” - Yelp Review
778 E Market St | Harrisonburg | ciroslasagnahousemenu.com
Ciro’s does indeed serve delicious layers of meat, cheese, and noodles, but don’t let the name fool you – there’s plenty more on the menu, too. Whether you’re looking for New York-style pizza, subs piled high with toppings, or classic meals like eggplant parmigiana.
As one of Harrisonburg’s most popular Italian restaurants, just be aware that they do get busy sometimes, which can lead to longer waits. But despite their popularity, locals have been raving about Ciro’s in-restaurant and delivery food for over 20 years.
“I love Ciros! I recently moved from NJ to Harrisonburg and their pizza is the closest if not just like New York style pizza theirs subs are also great.” - Yelp Review
Grab an Italian Touch gift card by following the link!
345 W Reservoir Rd | Woodstock | italiantouchpizzava.com
Kids don’t always have the most elevated palette – they may not appreciate the subtleties of pesto or polenta, let alone baccalà alla Vicentina. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about finding the right option for your picky eaters here. The kids menu features spaghetti, pizza, and even burgers and nuggets for anyone who wasn’t on board with Italian for dinner.
Adults can enjoy bigger potions of pizza, stromboli, pasta, subs, cheesesteaks, and even wings. To get a sense of the full scope of the menu, we recommend checking out their website for yourself! No matter what you choose, locals agree that you’ll get a high quality dish for a good value.
“Always original! Everything is good but the salad which is too simple with not enough ingredients to enjoy. Love the calzone and chicken parmigiana.” - Yelp Review
45 Burgess Rd | Harrisonburg | olivegarden.com
Sick of sampling the local cuisine? We get that. Traveling can be a lot of trying new things, and sometimes you just want the same bottomless breadstick bowl you’ve loved since, well, forever. If none of the other Italian restaurants in Harrisburg feel like the right fit, you can also opt for an old favorite like Olive Garden.
Located near the Market Square East Shopping Center, this location is easy to get to for dine-in, takeout, or careside pickup. Get all of your favorites – from the shrimp scampi to the salad to the Tour of Italy pasta extravaganza – any way you want it.
“I've been to Olive Garden many times, & honestly I never felt it was worth the price as the food was just ok. However, I recently took a trip to this location & left feeling completely satisfied, the salad & bread were great as always. I will be coming here again for sure.” - Yelp Review
If you’ve made it this far without dropping your phone and driving directly to one of the Italian restaurants on this list, congratulations – you have more willpower than we do! From authentic Italian cuisine to kid-friendly pizza shops, we’ve covered some of the most popular and highest rated Italian restaurants Harrisonburg has to offer.
And don’t forget, if you or someone you love is out in Harrisonburg searching for the best Italian food they can find, we marked off which of these restaurants currently accept our convenient GiftYa digital gift cards. Even if you (or they) choose an Italian restaurant that doesn’t accept GiftYa for dinner tonight, you’ll be sure to find some mouthwatering menu options that will certainly satisfy that Italian comfort food craving. Harrisonburg and GiftYa definitely have something to offer.