There are lots of Italian restaurants in York as you can imagine. From independent family run businesses to the big chains, York has them all. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
18 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA
Piccolino is an upscale Italian restaurant situated on Ouse Bridge. They have an extensive selection of shellfish and seafood dishes as well as a good range of steaks from both the UK and Canada. Excellent service and attractive decor make this a great Italian restaurant for a special occasion.
Read our full review of Piccolino here.
Lucia Wine Bar and Restaurant
13 Swinegate Court East, York, YO1 8AJ
Lucia has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment. It’s a large Italian restaurant and wine bar in the centre of York close to The Minster. They have lots of floor space including an outdoor heated courtyard, perfect for the warmer months.
Sapori Italian Restaurant is on the most famous street in York – the Shambles. A fairly new restaurant, just opened in 2019, Sapori serve items such as Bruschetta alla Melanzane, Caprese Small, Linguine allo scoglio – A delicate tomato sauce with mussels, tiger prawns, squid and langoustines and Scaloppine al limone
8oz Chicken breast served with a delicate lemon and butter sauce and roast potatoes.
La Vecchia Scuola, York
62 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ York
La Vecchia Scuola is set in a beautiful building. From their website: ‘Our exciting, inventive and varied menus have been especially created by our experienced staff, and are La Vecchia Scuola’s distinguishing – and distinguished – culinary feature. We believe in serving only the very best in contemporary Italian cooking.’
10-12 Blossom Street York YO24 1AE
A long standing independent restaurant in York, Delrio’s Restaurant is located adjacent to Micklegate Bar, the Royal entrance to the City of York and just five minutes walk from York train station. It’s very cosy as it’s located in a cellar with some seating located in underground alcoves. There is an outside seating area too.
Ask Italian in York
The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG
Ask is a big chain that has reliably good food. What makes it special in York though is the building it is in – The Grand Assembly Rooms. Think the ballroom from Beauty and the Beast and you get the general idea. From the website: ‘Book a table in The Grand Assembly Rooms, built almost 300 years ago in the Palladian style of architecture, and you’ll be eating in a stunning setting beneath chandeliers and surrounded by Corinthian columns. Where else will you sample authentic Italian cuisine in a room with such impressive architectural heritage?’ Oh and it’s close to the York Theatre Royal too.