Best of Nairobi – Italian Restaurants

written by Liz Maelane 30th July 2015

From Pasta to Pizza to Antipasti, we’ve put together this list of the best authentic Italian restaurants in Nairobi. Scroll down to vote for your favourites!

360 Degrees Artisan Pizza

360 Degrees Artisan Pizza

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360 Degrees has become a local favourite for the obvious -amazing pizza- and its impressive wine and beer offerings and overall atmosphere. Its modern, upmarket design encompasses the buzz of energy that is often coursing through the place. They are always experimenting -and succeeding- with new recipes for their pizza and other Italian dishes so prepare your taste buds for bliss.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1800 per person (pizza + drink)
Must Try : The classic margheritas. 

 

Colosseum

Best Italian restaurants in Nairobi

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Named after the famous structure in Rome, this coffee bar and restaurant is as grand in food and drink as its name implies. Escape the hustle and bustle of Westlands by enjoying a coffee, wine or beer over a delicious, authentic meal prepared by their in-house Italian chef. Given its location, Colosseum really is great for lunches and meetings too.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1300 per person (for a pasta + a drink)
Must Try : Their sandwiches

 

La Dolce Vita 

La-dolce

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It’s all in the name. A meal at this much-loved restaurant truly is the good life. Tucked away in a small shopping centre, the restaurant is extremely cozy. The simple decor – warm color tones of cream white and red with wine bottles decorating the room – feels like a charming dining room in someone’s home. Keep an eye out for their chef’s special menu and make sure to explore their lovely wine selection – don’t hesitate to ask for advice with this.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1800 per person (main meal + drink)
Must Try : Minestrone Soup

 

La Salumeria

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La Salumeria burst onto the Nairobi scene with a bang. Its impeccably prepared dishes and intimate setting have made it a fast favourite in the short time it’s been around.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 2000 per person (main course + drink)
Must Try : Steak and glass of red wine

 

Lucca

Lucca

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The design of the restaurant fits well with the ornate hotel it is situated in. Lucca is classically and colourfully laid out with a lovely patio opening out to the hotel. Enjoy expertly prepared Italian fare in this charming setting or pop in to their well stocked deli for delicious goods to take home.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 2000  per person (for main course + drink)
Must Try : Wine and cheese pairing special every weekday evening

 

Mambo Italia

Mambo Italia Lavington: An Outdoor Heaven

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Colourful, funky and upmarket is the best way to describe Mambo Italia. Watch your pizza being prepared from the open plan kitchen and enjoy cold, draught beers from Big Five Breweries whilst overlooking the leafy suburb of Lavington.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1700 per person (pizza + drink)
Must Try : Vegetarian pizzas

 

Mediterraneo Gigiri 

Mediterraneo Gigiri

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Mediterraneo consists of three unique branches spread across Nairobi that provide Italian food of a high standard in impressive settings. This Gigiri branch is certainly the prettiest with its ornate garden seating area perfect at any time of the day. Indulge in Mediterraneo’s unique twists on classic Italian dishes.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 4000 per person
Must Try : Meter long pizza

 

Mediterraneo Junction

Chef's Special At Mediterraneo

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This branch of Mediterraneo is easily accessible to those in Karen, Lavington and Kilimani and offers the same high standard of unique Italian dishes in a well-designed setting. It is the only branch with two stories.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 2000 per person
Must Try : Any of their desserts

 

Mediterraneo Nine West

Mediterraneo

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This Westlands branch of Mediterraneo is in a great location for those wanting lunch in the area during the week. It also offers an enchanting view of this business district at night – being delicately designed on the inside overlooking the gritty, bustling suburb.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 2000 per person (main course + drink)
Must Try : Smoked sailfish

 

Osteria Del Chianti

Osteria Gigiri

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Romance is the word that comes to mind when discussing Osteria’s intimate Village Market branch. Step out into their cosy open air seating reminiscent of a charming outdoor restaurant in Italy. Grilled fish and meat is something they do well here along with the other traditional Italian dishes.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1500 per person
Must Try : Red snapper

 

Pomodoro 

Pomodoro

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Pomodoro has been around as long as the mall itself has been open – about 20 years. Over the years they have continued to be a favourite at the Village Market food court offering fast, fresh and delicious Italian goodies at good prices. Sit down and enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of pizza from this enchanting space.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1000  per person
Must Try : Homemade ice cream

 

Primi Piatti

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Quite spacious for a food court outlet. If you’re craving Italian food in the neighborhood this a reliable option. Enjoy their Italian meals prepared in good time as you look out onto the busy streets of Kilimani.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 1100 per person (main course)
Must Try : Chicken pasta 

 

Tratorria

Best Italian restaurants in Nairobi

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One of the most romantic spots in the CBD, Trattoria’s balcony frames the city’s energy in a magical way. Step out of the manic city and into a slice of Italy. The food menu is as expansive and diverse as the city it’s located in. It’s easy to get lost but stick to the pizza, pasta and chef’s specials and you won’t go astray.

Avg Cost : Ksh. 2000 per person (main course + drink)
Must Try : Seafood tagliatelle

 

 

 

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