Top Italian restaurants in Vietnam
“What are the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City?” - one of the first questions you probably ask Google before going out in Vietnam.
Vietnam is popular for its delicious and diverse food and beverage choices that contain a lot of healthy soups, seafood and vegetables. But it’s not a secret that we always look for new life experiences, travel destinations and some never tried before dishes. No matter how marvelous Vietnamese food is you would still want to enliven your daily nutrition routine with international meals.
Vietnam shelters a huge number of Italian restaurants with a true Italian spirit. We are glad to share our experience and recommend our top seven Italian restaurants around Vietnam to please your palate, stuff your stomach and relax your mind.
26 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien ward, District 2, HCMC
The restaurant is located in District 2, one of the most popular districts among expats in Ho Chi Minh City. You will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and modern interior design with different dining areas, which gives you a lot of options to choose from when picking a table. You might get welcomed and seated by the owner of the restaurant herself, at other times there is always a team of professionals guided by the restaurant’s experienced manager.
The menu is created by an Italian chef, who is always at your service, and has a lot of classic Italian dishes and some chef’s specials for gourmands. The chef’s grilled salmon with vegetables served as a side-dish is the first must-try. Lasagna fans, this is an excellent place to stuff yourself with it. While waiting for your orders, bread sticks will do their job on making you beg for more. You might get lost in the beverage list, but a well trained professional server will give you a hint depending on your meal. For soft drink lovers they have a list of freshly pressed juices. A great dessert list will be the cherry on top of a pleasing dinner.
Apart from Italian food, Inter Nos offers a cigar lounge for real experts.
The Long @ Time Square
22 - 36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC
+84 28 3823 6688
The Long @ Time Square restaurant is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, stretching between the two popular streets of Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue. The Long is more of a cafe type venue with a simple yet very slick and modern design. The restaurant’s guests have an option of being seated both inside and outside as there are two alternatives available.
The menu is interesting, with only the best Italian fusion dishes created by the restaurant’s chef from Napoli, Italy. This might be one of the best places to experience true Italian food, because a lot of ingredients are being transported directly from Italy. An enormous amount of homemade gelato flavours will not allow you to leave without trying at least one of them.
86 Le Loi Street, District 1, HCMC
+84 28 3824 4286
Casa Italia wins the hearts of its clients with the restaurant’s cozy interior design and overall warm atmosphere that represents the Italian spirit at its best. The restaurant always has a variety of promotions to offer: depending on the night, you can witness a live music show accompanied by finger food and wine selection.
The restaurant’s staff is very friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to menu choice, they will always recommend the most suitable option for your preferences. Chicken parmigiana is definitely a must-try for poultry fans, somehow they manage to make a whole new juicy dish out of a simple chicken breast. Don’t narrow your choices, try something you never expected from an Italian restaurant, and you won’t be mistaken, because anything they serve at Casa Italia is almost inevitably delicious.
Good Morning Vietnam
57 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet/Mui Ne
Good Morning Vietnam is a chain of restaurants located around some of the country’s most popular tourist locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Mui Ne. The last one accommodates Good Morning Vietnam right in the heart of the tourist village. The owners of the restaurants are the first Italians who came to Vietnam back in 90s and have been serving Italian food ever since.
The restaurant has a simple, yet cosy design with a true Italian atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in one of the family established restaurants in the south of Italy. If you are lucky enough you might meet the owner serving your table with a welcoming smile on his face, which is unusual for Vietnam, but very Italian like.
This is one of few restaurants that has some good Italian wine in its beverage list, along with limoncello digestif. The menu has all the famous traditional Italian dishes to choose from. Anything you try will always be freshly made in the tastiest way, but for traditional calzone lovers it is certainly a must-visit place.
29 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC
+84 28 6260 2727
One more unforgettable Italian experience in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, right in front of Bitexco financial tower, LovEat is a place that should not be missed. The restaurant is family owned, but instead of a common home design it has a very modern and stylish interior with a very hospitable service available at your convenience. The staff is very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list, they are always at your service to help make up your mind.
Have you been missing caprese or you have never tried it before, either way LovEat is a place to taste real Italian food outside of Italy and realize how great it is.
Da Paolo West Lake
No. 18, Lane 50/59/17, Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, West Lake, Hanoi
+84 24 3718 6317
If Da Paolo restaurant in Hanoi had an alternative name it would certainly be “Little Italy”. This place managed to accommodate all the Italian cliches, that are so loved by people around the globe, under one roof. The owner of the restaurant is Italian, which explains it all: delicious Italian food accompanied with warm and welcoming atmosphere, cozy interior design and very reasonable prices. The owner might also welcome you with a happy smile on her face just like any true Italian.
As many Italian restaurants outside of Italy it has all well-known dishes listed on the menu. Anything you wish for when coming to an Italian restaurant is here, but pizza is the leading option to please your taste.
Tables can always be reserved in advance, but the restaurant is very packed, much thanks to its amazing reviews, so make sure to book in advance.
27 Nam Ngu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Luna D’Autunno was opened back in 1999 by a very passionate Italian, whose vision has been followed up until now. The restaurant’s signature is simple, yet elegant Italian recipes, forming unforgettable flavour and taste; anything your soul and stomach wish for when coming to an Italian fine dining restaurant is here: spaghetti, rigatoni, linguine, tagliatelle, ravioli, lasagna.
The service at Luna D’Autunno is always there for you, willing to help when navigating through the broad food menu and wine list. This is one of few places in Vietnam that can provide true hospitality while avoiding cliches. The restaurant is ready to seat diverse clientele: families, couples, kids and walk-in travelers who will also be very welcome.