Italian food is one of the most popular foods in the world. If you are in Madrid and you are a fan of good traditional Italian cuisine – and want to enjoy a pasta dish or a pizza as if you were in Italy itself, here are a few of our favorite options.
Some are already considered classics of the capital and others are more hidden away.
Bel Mondo by Big Mamma Group opened in Madrid in September 2020 and has been a huge success. The decor is maximalist and elaborate, like being in an Italian mother’s house for a family dinner, with a different atmosphere in each room. It has and amazing covered terrace full of greenery and a few different areas. The servers are very friendly and will guarantee you a good time. The hardest part is getting a reservation as they are usually very busy and its best to plan at least two weeks ahead, unless you’re lucky. They also have another restaurant named Villa Capri in the Alonso Martinez neighborhood.
Regarding their delicious menu, Mafaldine pasta with truffle is truly amazing, as are their truffle croquettes, carpaccio, burrata and their different pizzas. Don’t forget to order their famous tiramisu.
This is a Sardinian restaurant, where you can try authentic pasta and fresh fish. They have been in Madrid for a few years now and you can taste their creations in their restaurant or order them at home. Located near some of Madrid’s best cocktail bars, Fratelli d’Italia has been serving pasta and handcrafted pizza in both its restaurant and takeaway since it opened in 2010.
If you like pasta, this place should be highlighted on your agenda. In the restaurant, pizza is served as a Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza, and you can order it by the slice. Just go to the counter and order a slice.
Luna Rossa is a restaurant and pizzeria that has been serving great food to Madrid for 25 years. It’s a place that goes unnoticed even though it’s on San Bernardo street. But once you try it, you’ll understand why it’s been filling up for rooms for so many years on a daily basis.
To add to the beautiful surroundings, the food is delicious and well received. We highly recommend trying the quality and delicious real Neapolitan pizza, but also one of the many pasta dishes. And then end with a portion of homemade tiramisu while you’re at it!
This small and simple 100% Italian restaurant is near Ponzano street, to the north of Madrid. The restaurant is located slightly outside of the tourist areas and caters mainly to people from the neighborhood, for a local atmosphere. A second site has also been opened nearby to satisfy demand.
They have a fixed price option and a regular menu as well! And there’s a great variety – whether it’s pasta, parmigiana, lasagna, white pizza, basic tomato, calzone or even provolone and all at really attractive prices. One of the most popular dishes is the earthy Tartavata pizza that has mozzarella, crème fraîche, cream of porcini mushrooms, white truffles and parmigiano.
One of the most chic restaurants in Madrid. Numa Pompilio is an exquisite space meticulously decorated in a grandiose style with baroque décor inspired by romantic Tuscan villas and fancier European restaurants – with English touches. If you want to treat yourself to a romantic dinner, be sure to book a table on the gorgeous patio with its wonderful indoor terrace; a romantic place worth enjoying in good company. The setting is sublime, the service is attentive and the food is excellent. A delectablecombination.
If what you want is Four Cheese Pizza or Pasta Carbonara, you won’t find it here. That’s why we said it’s not like the others. In particular, you get to sample the famous pasta made right on the grinder which is really worth it. Recipes vary at Numa with products of real heritage and traditional preparations. Dishes for travelers, with Italian heritage but with influences from other parts of the world. To start we recommend the Vitello Tonato with tuna and pickle sauce from Zahraon. The venison carpaccio and the mosaic of red prawns are also delicious. To continue with the pasta, we recommend the tagliatelle Tristán lobster with pesto.
From fine dining to restaurants specializing in regional Italian cuisine, Madrid is a great place to be, whether you’re looking for a classy night out or a quick and tasty bite. You’re in for a good time! Don’t forget to book our Madrid Segway Tour if you’re looking for a more Spanish dining experience!