There was a time–not that long ago, in fact–when Italian restaurants in New Mexico were dismissed as just “good for New Mexico,” but certainly not of the caliber of Italian eateries in more sophisticated, more cosmopolitan locales heavily populated by Italians. There are restaurants on my list below which wouldn’t have to take a backseat to any Italian restaurant anywhere! By clicking on the name of the restaurant for which you wish to know my opinion, you will be magically transported directly to my review of that restaurant.
|Restaurant||Location||Rating||Why It’s On The List|
||Not only New Mexico’s best Italian restaurant, but likely its very best steakhouse, too. There’s a reason Bob and Kim Yacone are multi-time award winners in national and world pizza and wings competitions. Simply the best!
|Joe’s Pasta House||Rio Rancho||25||New Mexico’s best “red sauce” Italian restaurant in the finest traditions of red sauce restaurants throughout the East Coast. This is the anti-Olive Garden in every respect! It’s also one of New Mexico’s very best “seafood” restaurants.
||The crown jewel of the M’Tucci’s restaurant family, a 10,000 square-foot pantheon of delicious Italian cuisine. Offering everything from artisan pizza and pasta to unique entrees and appetizers sure to please.
|Il Piatto||Santa Fe||24||A sumptuous seasonal menu of traditional and contemporary Italian dishes crafted with farm-fresh and innovative ingredients. Prix fixe prices make this gem affordable for everyone.|
|M’Tucci’s Kitchina||Albuquerque||24||One of the very best restaurants launched in the Duke City in 2013, M’Tucci’s has a whimsical ambiance, but a very serious menu with excellent Italian cuisine masterfully executed by chef John Hass.|
|Piatanzi||Albuquerque||23||Two Duke City locations from which to choose. Fabulous small plate Italian creations and even better Grandi Piatti “Large Plates” will make a believer out of you. Two words to remember: Funghi & Tartufo|
|Paisano’s||Albuquerque||22||Paisano’s pays attention to the details, the real difference makers. Preparing made-from-scratch fresh pasta, veal, fish, poultry and beef in the traditional Italian ways, Paisano’s is also famous for its soul-warming soup.