St. Augustine’s Best Italian Restaurants for a Delicious Dinner

St. Augustine has famous beaches, sparkling waters, history, and hospitality. And when you book St. Augustine beachfront vacation rentals, you’re right in the heart of it all. And after a day of sun and sand, find something rich, hearty, and special that won’t just be a meal but a memory. Sound good? Well, let’s check out some of the best Italian restaurants in St. Augustine that can make it happen.

Casa Benedetto’s Ristorante

A jewel among St. Augustine Italian restaurants, Casa Benedetto’s Ristorante is a place that “feels like you’re in your grandmother’s house.” And the authentic Sicilian cuisine that is always made from scratch may just make you want to stay awhile. Tuck into Grandma Betty’s clam sauce served over fresh linguini, or enjoy the shrimp parmigiana or flounder oreganta. With so much chicken, beef, pasta, and fresh seafood, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Casa Benedetto’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. Closed on Sundays. 


Italian food in St. Augustine, Florida, is synonymous with Pizzalley’s. Located on historic St. George Street, you’re never far away from fresh, hot, award-winning Italian cuisine done right. Build your brick oven pizza with melt-in-your-mouth cheeses and mouth-watering toppings, or create your pasta and sauce combination – just the way you want it! Or, treat yourself to lobster ravioli, juicy rib-eye, or the catch of the day. Top your meal off the right way with homemade tiramisu, crème brulee, or cannoli for a truly authentic experience.

Pizzalley’s is open Monday, from 11:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

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La Strada

La Strada bills itself as “St. Augustine’s premier Italian restaurant,” and visitors say the service makes them “feel like part of the family.” Start with fresh mussels or clams marinara or exotic escargot with fresh mushrooms. The lobster bisque is sure to please, especially if it arrives with a Greek salad with feta, peppers, Kalamata olives, and more. Pile your plate high with cheesy, beefy lasagna, or if you’re a little more daring, set the night on fire with scungilli fra diavolo. Toasted almond cream cake and limoncello mascarpone cake are a must!

Dinner is daily from 4 p.m.


Want a Best of St. Augustine treat from a family-owned place? Try Violas! A panino sandwich stuffed with pepperoni and onions will make your mouth water. Or maybe it’ll be a brick oven pizza, calzone, or one of the many other traditional favorites. Fresh seafood, including the parm-crusted Mahi, will bring a smile to your face.

Stop in Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Terra & Acqua

For an authentic, modern take on classic Italian, Terra & Acqua is the place. Featuring “treasured flavors of Tuscany,” you’ll soon find out why this place is so fantastic. Start with bruschetta or tender, charred octopus. Then explore the incredible selection of pizzas. You’ll love the fresh pasta and lasagna, as well as the choice of fish, including lobster tail, linguini with clams, and lobster ravioli.

Stop by Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Alta Marea

Alta Marea is known for northern Italian and Tuscan coast dishes right on the city square. Start with scampi or the seafood carpaccio featuring octopus and tuna. Then, try the linguini with grouper, snapper, and marinaded blood orange or the risotto di mare brimming with mussels, clams, shrimp, and more. Go beyond seafood and try the filet mignon or grilled veal chop for the perfect taste. 

Dinner is served Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Whether it’s St. Augustine condo rentals or a beach house up against the sand and waves, Saint Augustine Vacation Rentals has the properties and amenities you need for a perfect getaway. Get close to all the attractions, stay steps away from the beaches, and have the adventure of a lifetime.