While none of these restaurants have red-and-white checkered tablecloths and straw-covered Chianti bottles, they all exude a familiar, welcoming vibe that defines San Jose Italian restaurants.

Il Fornaio
Elegant Il Fornaio celebrates the regional food of Italy with a regularly changing menu that goes well beyond pizza and pasta.

Ristorante Fratello
With a menu redesigned but Michelin-starred chef Salvadore Calisi, Fratello brings Italian food with an upscale touch to San Jose.

La Pastaia
Located in the beautiful Hotel De Anza, La Pastaia brings some big city glamor to downtown San Jose with a menu to match.

Open since 1958, Paolo’s longevity is due to its great service and winning menu of food and wine.

Willow Street Wood Fired Pizza
With two locations in San Jose and one in Los Gatos, Willow Street has expanded without losing its soul. It’s thin-crust pizzas are some of the best in Silicon Valley.

What is your favorite San Jose Italian restaurant?