Italian restaurants to try in Lebanon

In case you miss Italy so much
By Helena Saadeh
August 29, 2019

 1. Totò - Cucina Italiana

As soon as you enter, you are captivated by the modern black and white decor contrasting with the old walls of the traditional Lebanese house where this restaurant is located.  Theirpizzas are delicious! A thin crust with just enough sauce and quality ingredients to titillate your palate.

2. Marinella

Characterizing the urban chic of Mar Mikhaël, Marinella is an elegant and contemporary trattoria located at the corner of the street and facing a wall of poetic graffiti.  A green terrace and an intimate interior, complemented by a unique Italian menu offering a selection of high quality dishes. You can choose between tagliatelle with artichokes, osso bucco, aubergines caponata, lemon gnocchi or mushroom ravioli.  D-E-L-I-Z-I-O-S-O! Marinalla is open only for lunch.

 3. Tavolina

Located in the heart of Mar Mikhaël, you will find in this restaurant traditional Italian cuisine served in a warm and comfortable ambiance. The menu offers a wide variety of more than 15 kinds of Italian antipasti, as well as pizzas, hearty pastas and risottos. Here are some examples of their specialties: shiitake mushrooms with sea urchin sauce, Buffala salad and pasta with truffles. 

4. Matto

This Italian restaurant a modern approach to traditional cooking methods, while offering a culinary experience like no other. Cool and helpful staff and an amazing sea view.

 5. Al Dente Ristorante - Hotel Albergo

Authentic and pleasant Italian cuisine in a unique setting with understated elegance.  Located in the beautiful traditional building of Albergo hotel, with high ceilings and beautiful authentic plasters, you will have eyes only for the splendid murals and beautiful curtains surrounding the old wooden windows.  As for the menu, it's a work of art on its own!