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|
|Gigi Italian Bistro
||Chef Robert Hesse brings an upscale menu and panache to Italian cuisine with a menu of traditional favorites and specials that truly earn that distinction.
|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.
|M’Tucci’s Market & Pizzeria||Albuquerque||25||In 2016, Albuquerque’s best deli (by a mile) added some of the city’s very best pizza to an already formidable menu that already had outstanding sandwiches and phenomenal entrees.|
|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.
|Scalo Northern Italian Grill||Albuquerque||22
||Serving Albuquerque since December, 1986, Scalo’s menu is influenced by seasonal harvests. A Duke City pioneer in using locally grown organic produce, this restaurant continues to garner accolades.