17 Ultimate Italian Restaurants In Mumbai: EatTreat Bucket List
The best way to get the attention of the room is to scream PIZZA aloud. Seriously- who doesn’t love pizzas? How many times have you not betrayed your best mates for that last slice of? Italian food is one global cuisine that Indians hog on frequently. The creamy delicacies and flavoursome sauces of the cuisine, loaded with fresh herbs are the favoured Indian options for a quick meal. For interesting antipastis and cheesy pizzas and pastas- here’s a list of the best Italian Restaurants in Mumbai.
The 17 Ultimate Italian Restaurants In Mumbai
1. Trattoria, Taj Vivanta
Ask any night bird in Mumbai where to get a wholesome gourmet meal at 3 am in the morning, and they will guide you to Trattoria in Cuff Parade. Trattoria was the first restaurant that the Taj Group launched after taking over the President. The restaurant weighs heavy on Italian fare with distinct regional flavours discretely identifiable in the elaborate menu that is served 24/7. The Trattoria ambience is relaxed and comfortable, with walls suspended with murals depicting Italian festivals, wooden flooring, and maple-veneered furniture. The restaurant is highly revered by its patrons for their crisp and cheesy pizzas, pastas, and exquisite grill specialities.
What to have: Carpaccio, Wagyu Beef, Margarita Pizza
Perfect for: Late Night Eats
|Head To||Vivanta by Taj President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 30151992|
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2. Smoke House Deli, Lower Parel
This popular eatery has made its mark in Mumbai with its kitschy decor, supreme food, and an overall wonderful deli experience. The deli first makes an impression with its doodled walls featuring papier-máché telephones, gramophones, and cut-out chandeliers; a further glare to the left reveals an open kitchen where the chef can be seen whipping cold sandwiches and ready to eat salads. The appetiser menu of the restaurant features an assortment of delectable seafood dishes, Italian gourmet dishes, and grilled specialities. The Smoked House Rossito here is a special delight- chewy, with a hazy smoked texture, and infused with various layers of discrete flavours.
What to have: Tenderloin Cheese Rosemary Burger, Smoked House Rossito, Paprika Puffs with Wasabi Salsa
Perfect for: Lunch, Catching Up
|Head To||Phoenix Mill Compound, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 24933222|
3. Celini, Grand Hyatt
Celini has come a long way from the time when its kitchen was completely occupied with room service of the Grand Hyatt guests. But the restaurant, manned by executive Chef Alessandro Persico, now lays heavy emphasis on customer experience, quality of ingredients, and authenticity of the Italian delicacies here. The restaurant’s interactive show kitchen is the most appealing area, with a wooden pizzeria, rotisserie, and charcoal grill, brightly lit and poised with a buzzing character. The pizzas here are testament to their authenticity, crisp thin-crusted, and baked to perfection. Celini’s Cooked Tomato Ravioli, Pumptin Tortellini, and Tuna Pasta are hard to miss; the pork sausages are equally delectable- succulent, warm, and chewy. Celini’s wine cellar is also packed with a fine selection of Italian wines.
What to have: Parmigiana Eggplant, Pizza Celini, Tuna Pasta
Perfect for: Wine and Dine
|Head To||Grand Hyatt, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 66761149|
4. Mezzo Mezzo, Juhu
Mezzo’s spacious layout, comfortable sofa settees, open tables, and a huge glass window offering a view of the beach make it the perfect place to dine with a large group or family. There is also special cubicle seating for those seeking a little privacy. The succulent burgers on the menu here are ginormous, filled with leafy vegetables and spicy sauces that could effortlessly please the most blasé palates. Try the Grilled Salmon- cooked rare medium and added with Tabasco sauce and chilli flakes on the side for some added spice.
What to have: Wings with Skeeter Sauce; Ham Salad; Grilled Salmon
Perfect for: Family Outing
|Head To||JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 33126784|
5. Prego, The Westin Mumbai
Prego is the epitome of goodness, health, and innovation in culinary arts. The restaurant serves traditional Italian delicacies with a contemporary twist. Popular TV Chef Ajay Chopra, has introduced the concept of live clockwork kitchen to the restaurant, and a menu infused with superfoods. Here, you’ll find waiters serenading the positive effects of healthy food. Watch fresh pastas being prepared at the restaurant’s live kitchen, while relishing, home-made bread, hand tossed pizzas, and well rendered ravioli. There is a dessert counter at the entrance that serves creamy pastries, velvety Semi Freddo, and dense Giandiotti. Open a bottle of one of their premium wines to breath in the aromatic flavours of Italy.
What to have: Mushroom Soup, Roasted Goat Cheese with Beetroot Marmalade, Melanzane Alla Parmigiana
Perfect for: Fine Dining
|Head To||The Westin Mumbai Garden City, International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City, Goregaon East|
|Say Hello At||+91 9004661024|
6. Tertullia, Shivaji Park
Loacted beside the Dadar seafront, this quaint and cozy eatery, with gleaming pastel hues, done-up in chaotic clubby fashion is known for its delectable sandwiches, juicy burgers, and lovely ravioli. The decor of the cafe tries hard to impress with bird cages, mismatched upholstery, antique trunk, and chalk art. As you enter, high-seated chairs placed in a chaotic atmosphere greet you, but the restaurant’s delicious food is far from amiss. The ribs are well-cooked, infused with a sweet-spicy flavour, the ravioli comes stacked with gorgonzola cheese and brown butter sauce, and the creamy Tertullia Pizza, with a crisp thin crust topped with tomato sauce and spinach is an all time winner.
What to have: Tertullia Pizza, Ravioli
Perfect for: Quick Bites, Hangout
|Head To||Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway, Off Cadell Road,Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 24468833|
7. Salt Water Cafe, Bandra
Salt Water Cafe offers a quiet escape from the chaotic suburb traffic jams and leads you on a delightful culinary journey. The restaurant, manned by Chef Greshem Fernandes, poses a well-balanced menu that offers both adventure and familiarity. The alfresco-dining area on the first floor is the perfect spot to enjoy a splendid view of the adjacent Mount Caramel Church along with flavourful Italian delicacies like tenderloin Carpaccio, Roasted Potato Gnocchi, and Grilled Pork Chops. The minimalist decor of the cafe resonates the tranquillity of an idyllic Bandra neighbourhood and the delectable food on the plate extracts sensuous felicity.
What to have: Smoked Spanish Paprika Chicken Burger, Salt Water Cafe Michioe Salad, Hazelnut Mousse
Perfect for: Hangout, Breakfast Date
|Head To||87 Chapel Road, Next to Mount Carmel Church, Reclamation, Bandra West|
|Say Hello At||022 26434441|
8. Mia Cucina, Powai
Literally translating to “My Kitchen” this Italian Bistro in Powai attracts you towards its warm ambience, marked by a well-lit patio (filament chandeliers dangling from the leafy branches of a tree beside the outdoor seating area). The interiors are cosy and intimate, featuring an island bar, high seated chairs, walls suspended with framed photographs, and pastel green furnishing. The Mia Cucina menu is spread with staple Italian delicacies such as pastas, pizzas, and paninis. The Panna Cotta here is divine.
What to have: Pizza Verdura, Char-Grilled Chicken
Perfect for: Outdoor Seating, Karaoke Nights
|Head To||G3, Transocean House, Lake Boulevard Street, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 30151465|
9. Little Italy, Juhu
Little Italy is a chain of a popular Italian restaurant with outlets spread across multiple cities in India. Unfortunately, the only existing outlet is Mumbai is temporarily shut but the good news is that they are still delivering to your doorstep. The food here rides high on the wave of veganism, with predominantly Italian dishes. The one on Juhu Tara Road is the only Little Italy outlet left in the city (there were 3 of them earlier) and it stands out for its delicious and authentic food. The food is prepared with fresh ingredients (authentic herbs and spices) that infuse an added richness to the flavours. Try the chef’s home made pastas, especially the Aldente Ravioli.
What to have: Pasta with Gargonzala Cheese and Gnocchi, Lasagna Alla Verdure
Perfect for: Vegan Food
|Head To||Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||–|
10. Quattro Ristorante, Lower Parel
Located right opposite Pheonix Mills, this vegetarian diner adds the lacking touch of molecular gastronomy to the Mumbai culinary circuit. Spread across two longish rooms, that are dark but (not stark), with a hint of whimsical snazziness added by the red leather chairs- the eatery keeps the decor elegant and minimally embellished. At Quattro Ristorante, food is given prominence, and its menu, replete with Tex-Mex and Italian dishes, doesn’t fail to impress. The pizzas are crisp and cheesy, pastas are creamy and the desserts, especially the Cage Brownie and Chocolate Fudge, are gooey and heavenly.
What to have: Gnocchi, Burritos, Margherita Upside Down
Perfect for: Vegetarians
|Head To||022 46104601|
|Say Hello At||7, Janta India Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai|
11. Gustoso, Kemps Corner
This rebranding and redevelopment of ‘Pizza Metro Pizza’ simply cannot be excluded whilst the mention of top notch Italian joints is being made. Gustoso is the definition of elite, Italian, gourmet dining. Nestled in the posh Kemps Corner locality, it makes the promise of delicious, meticulously detailed and elaborate dishes enough to ensure gastronomical delight. The Napolitan style pizza baked in the live open kitchen and the stratling culinary achievement of an approximately 40 inch large pizza positively satifies a hungry tummy! However, the uncompromised quality and the collective effort towards awakening all senses is what makes Gustoso worth a visit.
What to have: Lasagne Di Polio, Tagliatelle Al Pesto
Perfect for: Post Work Dinner
|Head To||Plot 109, Kwality House, August Kranti Marg, Below Kemps Corner Bridge, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 23822584|
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12. Indigo Deli, Lower Parel
Indigo Deli promises a quintessential deli experience with its sophisticated atmosphere, humongous burgers, and stylish decor. The menu, crafted by Chef Rodney Kabral, is extensive and uses European and American techniques using authentic herbs and spices to prepare the dishes. Look out for their daily specials. Booking a table in advance is advised as the restaurant is packed at almost all times.
What to have: Eggs On The Beach, Ravioli, Swiss Cheese Sandwich
Perfect for: Family Outing, Sunday Brunch
Suggested by: Food and Travel Journalist, Harnoor Channi-Tiwary
|Head To||1st Floor, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 43666666|
13. Romano, JW Marriott Sahar
If you get carried away by the opulence and grandeur of the JW Mariott lobby, with shimmering chandeliers, high ceiling, and tall staircases, it’s alright. The hotel’s Italian restaurant will maintain your high with its appetising Italian gourmets, and enchanting wine collection. In contrast to the ambience, the menu at Romano is rather home-style, spread out with traditional Italian dishes. Executive Chef Roberto Zorzoli (hails from Naples), puts methodical detail in his craft and lays emphasis on simplistic style and freshness of authentic ingredients. The first floor of the restaurant is equipped with a private dining room and a bar that serves one of the best Negronis in town. The bread at Romano is prepared in-house, and dishes such as Gavi, Burrata with Ham, and Fritto Misto stand out.
What to have: Poplette Di Melenzane Con Purea Di Ceci
Perfect for: Fine Dining
Suggested by: Food Writer and Editor, Meher Mirza
|Head To||JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chakala, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 28538888|
14. Pizza By The Bay, Churchgate
Dining with a serene view of the Marine Drive, this offers just that to you. Outside Pizza By The Bay’s entrance, a signboard with a quirky adage yields a grin, while inside the premises of the eatery, moulded along the curvature of the corner road, are packed with customers seated on high chairs and white tables. The restaurant’s extensive menu includes staple Italian dishes like pastas, lasagne, risotto, and of course, pizzas. The restaurant’s jazzy vibe and great ambience makes it one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city. P.S. They have a special kids menu too.
What to have: Breakfast Buffet, Our Style Eggs Florentine, Crispy Waffles, Pizzas
Perfect for: Hungover Breakfast, Great View
|Head To||143, Soona Mahal, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 33951572|
15. Pizza Express, Colaba
Crispy crusts, thin or thick, breads that snugly fit and melt in your mouth and much more is coming your way if you choose to dine at the Pizza Express with friends, collegues or family. Spacious and comfortable seating allows one to eat to their heart’s delight at this frequented Italian joint. Located side by side to the breathtaking Gateway of India, the location is just one of the incentives to visit this place. The feature stealing the show is the live kitchen where dough is masterfully kneaded, skillfully tossed high up in the air and baked to perfection. The atmosphere is great and music is mindfully picked to allow conversation with the friendly, attentive and quick staff.
What to have: Calabrese Pizza, Thin crust Pepperoni Romana Pizza, Banoffee Pie
Perfect for: Pizza Lovers, Kids
|Head To||Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 66562633|
16. Woodside Inn, Lower Parel
Want a drink and some good food? Head to this chic yet laid back gastro bar. Woodside Inn stands to be the first pubs of its kind that is not a brewpub to serve craft beer. Amidst garrulous sports bars and overpriced cafes, this haven provides solace over fine beer. Visitors craving Italian and Continental food are in for a treat because the dining and service is almost faultless. So go ahead, delve deep into their comfort food and brews making your contribution to their mantra of tightly-knit neighbourhood dens.
What to have: Craft beer, The Spelt Risotto With Wild Mushrooms, White Wine and Thyme
Perfect for: Beer Lovers, Students
|Head To||Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 24975019|
17. Out Of the Blue, Bandra
What’s so special about Out of the Blue? The answer lies in its unassuming setting yet a keen attention to detail. The vibe of this restaurant is so relaxed and filled with ease. If you stumbled out of bed and landed here for breakfast, nobody would so much as bat an eyelid. They have a wide variety of curious and interesting Italian flavours that are sure to satisfy you. Live performances and fashion bazaars provide an overall, forever buzzing and lively experience.
What to have: Penne Masala Mafia
Perfect for: Brunch, Live Music
|Head To||Le Sutra Hotel, 14 Union Park, Off Carter Road, Khar West, Khar, Mumbai|
|Say Hello At||022 33126139|
How many of your favourite Italian joints made it to the list? Next time you are in need of a delightful Italian meal, just pick a restaurant from our list of the best Italian restaurants in Mumbai, and see if it becomes your next hangout spot!
Editor’s Note: All recommendations are based on reviews conducted by the EatTreat team, suggestions from food experts and audience polls.