It’s almost impossible to think about dining out without thinking about Italian food. From pasta and brick-oven pizza to authentic regional dishes, the cuisine of Italy has become paramount to America’s palate. While this Mediterranean country inspires a great deal of gastronomic tourism, you can find some of the most sumptuous and authentic Italian fare in your own backyard. No passport required.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Italian Restaurants. Derived from more than 3 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for nearly 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list speaks to diners hungry for the delights of the epicurean empire that is Italy.