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Quattro, the astonishing restaurant located in a high rise occupied by offices, is quite a surprise. The very graphic black and white floor is impressive as are the neon lights hanging from the ceiling, the terrace covered in exotic plants, and the large high tables near the bar shaped in the form of waves. It is daring, but harmonious and tasteful. If you were to define the cuisine in two words they would be “Italian” and “fish” such as the very elegantly presented fish tartar, seasoned with pesto and a lovely harmony of flavors with the sweetness of the dried tomatoes and the black eggplant cream which ties it all together and contrasts with the crisp, refreshing artichokes and arugula. The filet of sea bass is served with firm artichokes, tender mushrooms, juicy roasted tomatoes, and shallot ravioli. The slightly sweet, soft center of the ravioli contrasts with the tartness and seasoning of the vegetables. And for something a bit crunchier, and an unexpected flavor, the dish includes the very refreshing, generous almond crumble. The menu also includes Italian classics such as pizza, risotto, pasta in all shapes and forms, and ravioli, naturally featuring all the flavors of Italy.
Whether you arrive in the evening during the week or for a brunch on weekend, Cicchetti offers both excellent Italian food and chic Tel Aviv atmosphere. At the entrance you will be greeted by a professional, young and local staff that will help youget into the right mood with a bottle of Italian wine or a refreshing fruity cocktail. Cicchetti, "small plates" in Italian, is a tribute to Venice's neighborhood bars.Seat yourself at one of the round tables facing the streetand start ordering dishes that will make you feel like you are in Italy. Open your dinner / brunch with a creamy soft burrata and melanzana a la parmesan, continue with Sicilian carpaccio di pesce or, if you're in seafood mood, have the linguini nero – black pasta with shrimp, calamari & mussels in garlic & white wine. Another option is to have an assorted Italian plate and enjoy a little bit of everything: antipasti, roasted artichokes, smoked fish, Italian cheeses, wonderful self-made bresaola and mortadella. For dessert go for the classic tiramisu or choose the cheesecake with dreamy pistachio cream.
La Cantina, located on boulevard Rothschild, is an institution with nothing more to prove. Their loyal following of customers has been coming here for years to enjoy the classic, comforting Italian cuisine. The service and the welcome confirms our impression that they don’t feel the need to win over customers who are already happy to have managed to reserve a table. However, the quality and flavor of the dishes is their main strength. Whether you choose Antipasti, pasta, a meat dish or a dessert, everything is as good and as generous as in the best Italian trattorias. The wine menu is a nice combination of Italian and Israeli wines. You leave with the sense that the privilege of getting a table makes the evening worth it.
Pronto has lots of character thanks to its high ceilings and large bay windows, attractive wood bar, visible kitchen, and apparent cellar. The service is relaxed but very efficient. It is pleasant to be able to taste the wine before choosing. The classic Italian menu is designed around excellent quality, skillfully handled ingredients and the dishes are very attractively presented. The pepper flavor of the arugula salad seasoned with an excellent olive oil gives character to the tasty, thinly sliced beef carpaccio. The Taglioni al tartuffo are cooked al dente, and the truffle pasta is perfectly dosed so that the taste of the truffle is delicate and not in the least overpowering. The Valrhona chocolate brownie served with a scoop of white chocolate ice cream and ricotta mousse is a great success. It is unexpectedly refreshing, delicate and lightly sweetened. Thumbs up for the coffee worthy of a barista!
The luminous space decorated with garlands of sausages overlooking bottles of wine is tasteful without being over the top. The cuisine is coherent and attractive featuring vegetables from the restaurant’s organic garden. The menu includes pasta dishes such as papardelle verde, fettuccini with funghi, paparalle ragu with slow cooked beef, risotto, meat and fish dishes, and salads. The generous serving of creamy polenta with truffle oil is a nice way to start off the meal: you can taste the texture of the cornmeal, the good quality parmesan shavings, and the flavors pleasantly combined with that of the truffle. The pumpkin and goat cheese ravioli with thyme are subtly flavored with the fresh, light cheese perfectly balancing the sweetness of the pumpkin. The rich fresh tomato sauce with shrimp and tagliatelli has a distinctive delicate licorice flavor thanks to the Pernod. This place has the family style atmosphere of small restaurants in Italy. The ingredients are excellent quality and the portion sizes are generous.
Indoors the vibe is hectic, outdoors is much calmer. So choose which noise level you are more comfortable with. The setting reminds us of a New York bar. The fairly classic, eclectic menu includes a nice selection of cocktails and a number of trendy dishes with a Middle Eastern touch such as tortellini with Zaatar butter, fish tartar on a creamy labneh or the perfectly cooked beef rib seasoned with zhug. The cheese cake leaves us unsurprised and the ice cream is served still in its styrofoam container. This is a very informal place where you come for the vibe and the guarantee of having something to eat with your cocktails.
Its location in the superb Ticho House, a museum, gives Anna a very special atmosphere. The restaurant itself is immense, and when you go inside, you are overwhelmed by the delicious smells from the kitchen and impressed by the superb terrace. The menu is interesting, Italian inspired, and based on milk and fish products. Here they take pride in using only excellent quality products, which is reflected in the taste of the dishes. The focaccia is served with a tomato mousse, like a soup, in a soup plate, with a lovely chunk of goat cheese and a strong fried green pepper which gives the whole thing a delicious spicy flavor. The Straciatella Buffalo is a visually very beautiful dish, presented like a colorful garden floating in an abundant white soup the flavor of which is marked by crème fraiche that slightly masks that of the quarters of roasted peach, marinated onions, and slice of mozzarella with a few drops of olive oil. The Burro di Limoni, a delicious filet of perfectly cooked sea bass, with crispy skin outside and tender flesh inside, is served with tagliatelle and sage lemon butter for a very pronounced tart flavor. And to stay in Italy try the classic Tiramisu made according to the rules, it won’t disappoint you.
In downtown Tel-Aviv, on the popular boulevard Dizengoff, nestled between bars and crowded restaurants, Pankina manages to create a pleasant atmosphere on its terrace, which is isolated from the street by a hedge of small bushes. The menu features classic Italian cuisine such as burrata, Caprese salad, gnocchi, but also more daring recipes such as the Kosher version of Carbonara di mare with fish. The pasta putanesca is a lovely portion of al dente spaghetti in a slightly spicy sauce with small cubes of red tuna, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives. This is an interesting dish that is perfectly seasoned and cooked with a great contrast of textures thanks to the pistachio powder. The fish carpaccio is simply presented with only a few leaves of arugula. The panzanella is very large with lots of mozzarella. We like the mains, whether simply cooked fish or the always perfectly prepared classical pasta dishes. A little more audacity in the starters would be nice.
Magazzino offers traditional, generous dishes tailored to Israeli taste. Add to that, hip industrial design, and a warm, welcoming vibe and you get an excellent restaurant. At lunch, the place caters to business people from Tel Aviv, enjoying a good quality quick meal at a decent price. In the evening you will find young, hipster couples sitting at the bar enjoying pizza with a cocktail or wine, and on the weekend it is packed with families with young kids running around once they have finished their kids menu. The grilled asparagus and crudo intias, two very popular dishes in Israel, are perfectly done. The papardelle ragu is a lovely interpretation of the traditional Italian dish with mushrooms and chestnuts not really a summer dish, but a good, comforting option in winter. The cake showcase is breathtaking, featuring a giant chocolate cake, classic cheesecake and other creative desserts that one cannot stop thinking about throughout the entire meal. Magazzino is not the most sophisticated Italian restaurant in Tel Aviv, but it provides very good food, a fun atmosphere, professional friendly service and great value for money.
Cafe Italia stands out for its consistently classical menu. For over ten years, it has been serving excellent Italian dishes including a wide variety of pasta, vegetables, meat and fish dishes and classical Italian desserts. Their pasta with spinach and ham is among the best in Tel Aviv, while the lasagna Bolognese has not aged one bit, and the opulent tiramisu, which fills an entire plate, respects tradition while offering a lovely harmony of flavors. Many of the clients here are loyal followers who know what they like and are not especially interested in excessive fantasy or creativity.
This is a beautiful space with a view of the kitchen on one side and the sea on the other. The cuisine is authentic Italian featuring generous dishes and high quality products. Shrimp bruschetta, presented as a starter is very large and made with crisp bread, dipped in a delicious provencal sauce. The liver pappardelle are served al dente, which is a welcome surprise as Israelis tend to prefer their pasta more cooked. The mildness of the caramelized red onion and Silan sauce (date molasses) is tempered by red wine, and harmoniously goes with the dish. And don’t miss the desserts such as the very good pistachio crumble. The presentation is lovely, modern and graphic including multiple textures and a combination of distinctive flavors with everything that a good dessert should offer.
In the very touristy area of Noga square in Yaffo, it is easy to end up eating at a tourist trap. Gemma stands out for serving the largest portions around and offering an extensive choice of Italian specialities such as vegetable antipasti, pasta, risotto, fish and excellent pizza. There are a few lovely surprises such as the panzanella salad, a very successful version of a classic dish, or the Jaffa fish tartar, an enormous dish which we eat down to the very last bite. The quality is faultless. The only thing missing is a tad more creativity in the desserts to take things to the next level.
Is this the best pizza in Tel Aviv? If you ask the young Tel avivin's on their way to the beach or after a long night of clubbing in the port area, the answer is definitly yes. Oversized slices of pizza — 50 cm each, with a large collection of toppings such as pineapple, artichokes, zucchini, pepperoni and many more, will take you back in time to old Brooklyn in the 50's. Yariv Adaro that already have two other pizza joints across Tel Aviv gave his new place an American twist with large sized milkshakes and ice creams. Prices are 16 shekels for a slice of Margarita and 19 shekels for a slice with a variety of 13 toppings to choose from. It seems that the old north of Tel Aviv found the new successor to the famous bakery that used to be on the same location until 10 years ago.
PICCOLINO is located on the very busy place de la musique, where concerts are held every evening in summer. They serve simple, Italian inspired cuisine along with a house wine, a delicious Recanati merlot. The menu includes a generous panzanella salad, artichoke ravioli, pasta in all forms, focaccia, and pizza. We recommend coming here in summer to enjoy the patio and the music.
What has made this legendary Italian – coffee place such a huge success for so many years? Maybe it's the beautiful people that sit here all day long? Maybe the amazing pizza or the nice lunch deal that includes meat and fish and also a soft drink? Probably there is no one good answer but a combination of them all. During lunch the service is very slow and, on the weekends, trying to get a table is mission impossible without making a reservation in advance. Go there even for a cup of coffee and you can see the people that make Tel Aviv what it is.
First and foremost, Nono offers hospitality and service that are genuinely exceptional in the Israeli restaurant landscape. The moment you enter, you feel the warmth and family atmosphere, and throughout the meal you will be in the hands of professional, devoted and smiling staff. Before you even have time to raise your hand, one of the waiters will come over and answer all your needs and requests. The restaurant’s pleasant design coupled with its size allows customers to celebrate big events, and the adjacent free parking lot is definitely a big plus. And since we’re talking about an Italian kitchen, at the center you will find two big stone ovens. The enticing smells of pizza rising from them will get your taste buds working. And feel free to take a peek at the skilled staff working vigorously in the open kitchen. The restaurant works with two wineries, one local and one in France. The wines are light, good, and accessibly priced. Kick off your meal with a fresh fish or vegetable dish like asparagus in spicy tomato sauce, Kalamata olives, feta and Parmesan, but make sure you leave enough room for the highlight – pizza and pasta dishes. Portions are generous so we recommend sharing. One of our favorite pizzas is the spicy pepperoni – thin and crispy with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, veal pepperoni, chorizo sausage, garlic confit, spicy pepper and oregano. From the pasta section, go for the pappardelle with veal ragù. If you can’t finish everything, you can take the left overs home. Wrap up the meal nicely with the classic tiramisu, the right balance between subtle sweetness and coffee flavor.
Many Italian restaurants try to create the feeling of being abroad but few do it as well as Amore Mio. For over fifteen years, this restaurant has managed to stay put defying trends, in one of the busiest streets in Tel Aviv. The menu is nearly the same as ten years ago, with a loyal clientele who regularly returns to enjoy the same dish, which they know will have the taste they expect. The vibe is deliberately non-Israeli, with discreet Italian background music, and nearly no noise. It seems that many guests come here to celebrate a special occasion. This is not really surprising. The reason is that while the food is not especially creative and rarely deviates from classic dishes, it is uncompromisingly high quality. The beef carpaccio is one of the best in Tel-Aviv, with thin tender slices of meat, and a lovely balance of flavors between the meat, the parmesan and just the right amount of spices. The pasta is fresh and the tiramisu is authentic, fortunately not tailored to the Israeli taste for sugar; the coffee flavor is delicious and the mascarpone is light and airy. This is an unpretentious, reliably good, friendly place.
Smadar is unique in that it is both a restaurant and a very popular movie house. Warm, welcoming and charming, it is perfect for a romantic dinner. The concise menu is divided into primi piatti and secondi piatti. While Smadar claims to be Italian there are also local influences such as the panzanella salad withs labane, or the sea fish salad sprinkled with sumac, for a lovely tart flavor. Here you won’t find any pizza or meat dishes. Choices include fish, vegetables, pasta and risotto, all Italian style or with an Israeli touch such as arais stuffed with mullet served with a simple, perfectly seasoned salad. The inevitable tiramisu is done well, and is especially light, and not overly sweet. Its high quality is a good indicator of the quality of the restaurant.
In recent years, Pardes Hanna-Karkur, one of the villages around Césarée, has become an interesting culinary center, and it is not surprising that it is home to one of the country’s best Italian restaurants. Here everything on the menu is made from locally sourced ingredients, which gives the cuisine an interesting approach. The iconic and classic Margarita pizza is baked in the oven that thrones in the middle of the room. Garnished with local cheese, this delicious pizza lives up to its promise carrying on the tradition of richly flavored, thin crusted Italian pizza. The Duck Ragout made from ducks raised a few hundred meters from the restaurant is served with home-made pasta, and olive oil sourced in Spain but produced in Israel. The Lemon Spaghetti has a wonderful aroma of tarragon, and is another example of a very successful version of a classic Italian dish made with local, tasty products. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth coming here to enjoy authentic Italian food made from excellent quality products and imbued with the personal touch of a daring chef.