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Posted on: January 16, 2019

Now that’s Italian!


From a Caprese Salad and Spaghetti Bolognese to Fettuccini Alfredo and hand-made ravioli, an authentic Italian meal and a glass of wine can not only satisfy the palate of an explorer visiting the Bay area for the first time, but also provide our League City locals an opportunity to unwind from a long day and share a delicious homemade and affordable meal with family and friends.

As a traveler, I’m always looking for good quality food not far from the lodging or activity of my choice. and its legion of fans and experienced travelers have consistently given me food for thought in making dining choices away from home.

With that said, here are the top four Italian restaurants in League City, in no specific order, and one newcomer recommended by contributors to

Tuscany Bistro, located on Marina Bay Drive not far from the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, is a quaint Italian eatery tucked away in the corner of a grocery store strip center and hits all the right notes for lunch and dinner.

I was truly amazed at their wine menu. All the food we ordered was delicious!! We will be back soon. – Lena K. (TripAdvisor)

I know it’s a chain, but Russo’s New York Pizzeria in League City consistently garners strong reviews for its Italian cuisine in addition to its great pizzas. This eatery is located in the Super Target Shopping Center at the corner of FM 646 and the Gulf Freeway (I-45).

“This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the area. This is New York style Italian. The service is very friendly and the food tastes home cooked and comes out quick. It is also reasonably priced.” 416LynnS, League City, TX (Trip Advisor)

Another League City gem located in the South Shore Harbour area is Ivett’s Italian Grill. This little hole-in-the-wall is far from a chain restaurant, in fact, it doesn’t even have a website, but you can find them on Facebook.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday family lunch here. We all had different chicken dishes which were all amazing. The bread is wonderful. I would recommend this hidden gem for affordable homemade Italian goodness.” – Melanie S, Houston, TX (TripAdvisor)

Another local favorite, Bada Bing Pizzeria and Italian Cuisine, with its funny name, caters to a casual, family-oriented atmosphere. The restaurant is operated by chef-owner Stefano Bertolotti, who prior to coming to League City, has run fine-dining restaurants in Houston and Friendswood, including the former Babbo Bruno. This casual pizzeria with authentic Italian cuisine is located on the eastern portion of FM 646 just off I-45 in the HEB Shopping Center.

“This is probably one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve been to in a long time. Great menu selection and it’s not the same ol, same ol, items on the menu. Has a Soprano's flair with the dishes named after the show's characters. Next time we’re in this area we’ll be sure to make this a lunch stop!! Also, the service was great!!” – Poppyman1, Ozark, Missouri (TripAdvisor)

One of League City’s newest Italian offering, Little Bella Mia, comes from the Bella Restaurant Group (Mia Bella Trattoria, Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar, and Coco Crepes) and replaces the departed Pizza Fire in front of Cabela’s as part of a growing list of quality restaurants in Pinnacle Park. We look forward to hearing more from this new addition to League City’s dining options.

If we missed your favorite League City Italian eatery, please let me know. We are always looking for great new restaurants and experiences in our area to share with friends, family, and travelers.

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