Tuesday October 25th is World Pasta Day! To celebrate, we chose to showcase some of the best locally owned and operated pasta loving Italian restaurants in Jacksonville. Here are our top 8 favorites!

Prati Italia

Located at the St. John’s Town Center, Prati Italia is a sister restaurant of another local favorite, Town Hall in San Marco. Their Italian focus features “locally owned, thoughtfully sourced, seriously delicious” food. Their pastas are home and hand made. Their prime location and ambient dining area offer great times.

Milano’s Italian Restaurant

Located at Kernan Square and North Beaches Plaza, Milano’s Italian Restaurant is locally owned and operated specializing in New York style Italian Food. They pride themselves in fresh ingredients and overall quality and have a full bar! With more than 20 years of experience and success you can be guaranteed that their cuisine will satisfy. Wine not visit?

Catullo’s Italian

What began as a humble food truck venture by two food loving brothers has grown significantly in recent years. Catullo’s has a location in San Pablo and a new location opening in Nocatee this December! Their locations are small and cozy so as to bring an authentic experience. Without lunch service or reservations, CEO and chairman of PARC group has claimed that “Catullo’s may be the most authentic Italian experience in Northeast Florida”.


Gusto prides itself in offering “a taste of Rome.” They have two locations, one in Jacksonville and the other in St. Augustine. They prepare classic pasta, pizzas, salads, and starters by hand, using fresh, local, ingredients and authentic Italian family recipes passed down for generations! 

Siena’s Italian Cuisine

Looking for a plethora of pastas? Siena’s is your place! Located off of Atlantic, this family owned restaurant prides itself in its homemade Lasagna and Chicago style stuffed pizza. They strive to make you feel like family and offer take out and delivery options. Isn’t that pre-pasta-rous!

Roaslia’s Italian Restaurant

Rosalia and Dante, owners of Roaslia’s, come from a very long line of great Italian restaurants and family traditions. They strive to provide homemade and authentic Italian dishes. From Grouper Francaise to giant meatballs, Rosalia’s has options for everyone!

Casa Dora Italian Cuisine and Pizza

Are you a ziti slicker? Then Casa Dora is the palace for you! Located in the heart of downtown, this restaurant offers a wide selection of pasta options, from classic to seafood, baked and beyond. Casa Dora is guaranteed to transport you to Italy and treat you like family from beginning to end. 

Primi Piatti

I hope you’re feeling saucy! Primi Piatti prides itself in its homemade sauces. Four cheese, signature herb rosato and sun-dried tomato Alfredo are just a few of their signatures. Skip the trip to Northern Italy when looking for authentic dishes and head over to this hidden gem. What may seem unassuming from the outside, is bound to make a regular out of you with its quaint charm, friendly service and impeccable attention to detail.

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