Food & Wine

Best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam – where the locals eat

Some of Amsterdam's best restaurants serve delicious Italian cuisine. We've found several local favourites for you.


Adrian Møller Haugan

What to eat for lunch or dinner is an eternal subject of discussion when one is on holiday. Should you go for the local cuisine or is something international more tempting? A good pasta dish or a pizza with a crispy crust. We've talked to the locals and found some Italian favourites in Amsterdam.

La Perla

A small but delicious menu is the best way to describe this small Italian restaurant about ten to fifteen minutes' walk from Dam Platz. La Perla serves tasty, homemade pasta and assorted antipasti, but it's their large selection of delicious red and white pizzas that has made them a local favourite. Its reputation for tasty pizza makes it a popular place and it's recommended to book in advance.

Address: Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 53.

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Realitalian pizza in Amsterdam

You don't have to leave Amsterdam if you're a fan of real Italian pizza. You get that at La Perla.


If you are looking for real Italian pizza in the "Venice of the North", we have the place for you. Pazzi is the name of a chain that offers pizza made from high-quality ingredients, baked in a stone oven. The chain has several locations around the city, including in the popular Jordaan area. Find your favourite!

Address: Pazzi Jordaan, Eerste Looiersdwarsstraat 4 (see the website for other locations).

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La Maschera Lillo Tatini

In a mediaeval castle in a small village between the regions of Umbria and Tuscany in Italy, you will find the renowned restaurant Lillo Tatini. Run by married couple Patrizia and Vittorio, the small restaurant has become a must-visit destination for food lovers from around the world. For those who have neither the time nor the opportunity to visit the world-famous restaurant in the centre of the boot-shaped country, fear not, you can do so in Amsterdam.

The son of Patrizia and Vittorio, Marco, chose to follow his heart by leaving finance behind and entering the culinary world. Together with his friend Federico, he opened the restaurant La Maschera LilloTatini, located about a quarter of an hour from Dam Platz.

It serves simple yet fantastic food based on traditional Italian ingredients. You can choose a multi-course menu crafted by the chef, or an à la carte menu.

Address: Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat 6-HS.


If you want a more refined fine dining experience with Italian food on the menu, Momenti is the place to go. The restaurant is the sister restaurant to La Maschera LilloTatini and offers a more creative and playful approach to Italian cuisine.

In addition to Frederico and Marco, former La Maschera executive chef at Lillo Tatini, Marco Lupi, has been brought on board. The menu changes twice a month based on available ingredients and is accompanied by a generous wine list hand-picked by Marco, who is a trained sommelier.

Address: Herenstraat 25.

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Fa. Pekelhaaring

The Italian kitchen offers more than just pasta and pizza, and local favourite Fa. Pekelhaaring knows how to showcase its delicious variety.

Here you will not find any pizza, but rather more traditional Italian fare from the countryside, with chicken, veal and cheeses on the menu. That said, the kitchen likes to mix these items with local ingredients. The mix has been a hit with guests and reviewers alike, and Fa. Pekelhaaring has been awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.

Address: Van Woustraat 127.


Sister restaurant in Amsterdam

The Italian fine dining restaurant Momenti in Amsterdam offers delicious dishes, good wine and cozy premises. It´s the sister restaurant to La Maschera LilloTatini.


Incanto means "enchantment", and that is precisely the goal of this Italian fine dining restaurant. Venetian chef Nicolò Rossi's innovative menu offers a modern twist on Italian cuisine. The menu changes four times a year and follows seasonal ingredients. Incanto is about a 10-minute walk from Dam Platz.

Address: Amstel 2.


If you want a more refined approach to Italian cuisine, a visit to Bussia is just what you need. In elegant and romantic premises, a stone's throw from Dam Platz, you will be served everything from homemade pasta to more advanced main courses. The restaurant also has its own bakery that makes a variety of fresh Italian delicacies. Bussia is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, where you have the choice between a three or four-course menu or à la carte.

Address: Reestraat 28-32.


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