Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Indianapolis

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From a date night out to a filling meal of comfort-food favorites, you can never go wrong with Italian food.

Thanks to its wide range of dishes, Italian restaurants are also a great choice when you need to pick a gift card for a friend or loved one.

With a virtual GiftYa card, you can choose from any of the best Italian restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana, so you'll have no trouble finding one that your recipient will love. Add a personalized message and hit send, and they'll have a gift they'll love to use in just minutes.

If you're looking for the perfect restaurant to choose from for your GiftYa card, check out these amazing Italian restaurants located in Indianapolis.

1. Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine

A classic Italian restaurant serving up fresh-made pasta and wood-fired pizzas.

Italian food meets a modern, relaxed atmosphere in this popular restaurant. Image courtesy of Yelp.

11529 Spring Mill Rd, Suite #300| Carmel |

If you're looking for authentic Italian cuisine in Indianapolis, Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine is the answer. With a focus on artisanal cuisine, the menu features fresh-made pasta, fresh-baked bread, wood-fired pizzas, and other classics. Their mission is to introduce visitors to Italian traditions, with foods that are authentic, but never pretentious. A live pasta shop in each location allows guests to see how pasta noodles are made, the classic Italian way. There's also a dessert case full of decadent pastries, cakes, and other tasty treats. Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine has two locations in the Indianapolis area; one in Carmel and one in Zionsville.

"The food here is just delicious! We went here for a birthday celebration and was not disappointed. The appetizer we started with, was hot and I loved the combination of calamari, shrimp, and octopus. We ordered two salads the beet salad and caprese salad as you can see from the pictures they were a good portion size with great flavor. Now dinner, Oh. My. Deliciousness! The pasta is made in house and let me tell you, homemade noodles MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! I ordered the chicken Pizzaiola the sauce was thick and  creamy but not to rich. The chicken was tender and the noodles were amazing!The service was incredible, our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings. Covid precautions were most certainly in place and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.If you love Italian food, you have to try this place." -Yelp Review

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2. Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Old school Italian food served up in a historic model home.

From the white table clothes and twinkling lights to the food, this restaurant is classic Old Italian. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1031 E 54th St | Indianapolis |

You won't find any trendy dishes filled with ingredients you've never heard of here. Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant is old school, through and through. You'll find every Italian staple you can think of, each lovingly prepared with real, hearty ingredients and just the right amount of spice.

Mama Carolla herself was inspired by the authentic Italian cooking she enjoyed growing up in Omaha, where a population of immigrants served up their native dishes in small restaurants or even out of their own home kitchens. The restaurant itself is also worth noting. It was originally built as a model home for a new style of houses being built in Indianapolis in the 1920s. It features a California Stucco design that blends Mediterranean styles with a touch of Spanish and Italian, making it the perfect setting for Mama Carolla's.

"Doesn't matter what you order it is going to be amazing! I'm gluten free but there are lots of delicious things I can still have. Grilled Shrimp Stuffed with Goat Cheese is a great starter. Also the stuffed Portabella Mushroom and caprese salad or prosciutto and melone for starters... They have gluten free pasta and you can get many of their pasta dishes that way. I love the Chicken Involtine and Veal Saltinboca... anything is good I'm telling you!!! And I always have to get red wine pairings and creme brûlée for dessert!!! " -Yelp Review

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3. Iaria's Italian Restaurant

A fourth-generation restaurant serving up simple, classic Italian food.

This restaurant continues to serve the same delicious Italian classics it first offered more than 90 years ago. Image courtesy of Yelp.

317 S College Ave | Indianapolis |

For more than 90 years, the Iaria family has been cooking up classic Italian food on the very same corner in Indianapolis. While the view out the front door may have changed, the delicious flavors and friendly atmosphere inside certainly have not. Popular menu staples include their made-from-scratch pizza dough and sauce, hearty lasagna and spaghetti, and decadent tiramisu. You'll also find seafood pasta, spicy Italian sausages, and a wide selection of wines, cocktails, and beers. Make sure to check out the walls, where you'll find photos of celebrities who have dined at Iaria's, as well as the sign out from, which is the same neon red and green one that's original to the restaurant.

"Came here for our first dinner out since the pandemic began.  Wife wasn't feeling well last week, so this was our late anniversary dinner. Masks are required to come inside, but they'll sell you one if you forget to bring it ($1).  The staff is courteous and friendly.  The place is clean. The portions are generous and reasonably priced.  I had the grilled chicken Caesar salad (it was huge!).  My wife had the chicken picatta with antipasto side salad.  The sauce on the picatta was awesome!  It's easy to see how this place has stayed in business since 1933.  It's also conveniently close to our home." -Yelp Review

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4. La Trattoria Italian Restaurant & Steak House

Simple, delicious Italian favorites in a laid-back atmosphere.

Enjoy simple, yet tasty Italian favorites in this neighborhood staple. Image courtesy of Yelp.

201 N Madison Ave | Greenwood

It's often the most understated neighborhood restaurants that serve up the tastiest food. While the outside of this restaurant may be unassuming, the delicious dishes it is serving up is anything but. La Trattoria Italian Restaurant & Steak House has been known for years as the place in Greenwood for filling, tasty Italian dinners at an affordable price. Pair your favorite steak with a side of Fetticien alfredo, or sample appetizers like stuffed mushrooms and meatballs.

"Amazing mom and pop shop in old town greenwood! It's always been a favorite between my friends and I. I took my family there for my birthday this year and none of them had tried it before but they were all very impressed! They are well known for their steaks and fettuccine! Great service and delicious food! " -Yelp Review

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5. Kinsey's Italian Cafe

Casual Italian fares alongside subs, wings, and pizzas.

Basic Italian dishes, bar foods, and sandwiches makes this a great casual dinner or filling lunch. Image courtesy of Yelp.

6383 W Broadway | McCordsville |

While it may not be fancy enough for a date night, Kinsey's Italian Cafe is great for just about every other occasion. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff make it a family favorite, perfect for a fun dinner or a quick, filling lunch. The menu features Italian favorites like pasta and pizza, as well as subs, sandwiches, wings, and more.

"We have pizza Monday for dinner every week and like trying different pizza places in the area, but Kinsey's is by far one of our favorites.  We've only had pizza carry-out so far, but we plan to do dine-in sometime in their cute little restaurant and try some of their other Italian dishes that look delicious.  The staff is very friendly (and they adhere to COVID-19 guidelines), and the pizza is fantastic.  Their salads are wonderful, and the garlic knots are very good.  We always look forward to having Kinsey's for dinner! " -Yelp Review

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Whether you want something family-friendly or a restaurant more suited for a date night out, there's no shortage of delicious Italian restaurant options to choose from in Indianapolis.


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