The Best Italian Restaurants in Copenhagen
Discover Copenhagen's Italian culinary gems.
Copenhagen, rapidly emerging as the Nordic culinary capital, offers a variety of dining experiences, including a diverse selection of Italian restaurants ranging from traditional to innovative. From the wood-fired pizzas at Bæst to the delicious Italian dishes and great natural wines at Barabba, and the Sicilian flavors of Mirabelle, we have put together a guide to the best Italian restaurants in Copenhagen.
To ensure we're only highlighting the best, all picks are based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts such as David P. Leja, Katrine Klinken, and Peter Atzen. So if you're looking for the best Italian cuisine in Copenhagen, you've come to the right place.
Bst, famous for its sourdough pizzas and house-made charcuterie and cheese, is an authentic culinary experience signed by chef Christian F Puglisi. Recognized for its pizzas, Bst produces its charcuterie and cheese in-house, using organic and sustainable ingredients. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant offers a variety of dishes that reflect the entire place, from fresh mozzarella to fresh salad leaves from their own farm, Farm of Ideas.
Pizzeria with sourdough base and making their own charcuterie and cheeses.This place is famous for its pizzas, recognized as one of the best in the world (according to their website). They produce their own charcuterie and cheese on the floor above the restaurant and the pizza base is made with sourdough and baked at 450 C.We ordered two pizzas:* Tomato passata, BÆST ’nduja, smoked BÆST Mozzarella, spring onions, oregano.* Chanterelles, BÆST Goat Cheese, parsley puree, parsley.We definitely would rank this pizza amongst the best we’ve had, super nice sourdough and the ingredients on top were very good as well, and a perfect temperature and texture.
Barabba is known for its delicious Italian food and natural wines, served in a relaxed setting near Nyhavn. The menu offers a variety of dishes, including their signature spaghetti with butter and caviar, grilled octopus, and a unique selection of pasta dishes, all paired with a wide variety of natural wines. Whether you prefer a la carte or the tasting menu, Barabba ensures a memorable dining experience with its fun atmosphere and high-quality Italian cuisine.
Italian restaurant with natural wines and lots of fun guaranteed.This was our second visit to Barabba, and we can tell you straight away: we ate well, we drank well and we had an amazing time here. The energy of the owners of Barabba is endless and they create a super fun atmosphere while you get served very nice pasta and get to choose from a wide variety of natural wines. They offer a la carte but also the option of the tasting menu with the possible add-on of their signature dish (an absolute must) which is the spaghetti with butter and caviar. We went for the tasting plus the add on and some of the dishes were:* Spaghetti with butter, colatura and caviar.* Grilled octopus, spicy courgette & courgette flowers.* Spaghetti with raw red prawns & candied lemons.* Eggplant & miso tortelli, red pepper water & caperberry.* Apricot, tonka & chocolate biscuit.We enjoyed the whole meal, and also think it’s very fairly priced, especially considering this is Copenhagen, and we also liked the wine list here. No doubt a place we look forward going back often when in the city.
Restaurant Brace brings together the best of Italian and Nordic cuisine under the expertise of Chef Nicola Fanetti. With a focus on seasonal ingredients, the restaurant offers dishes that reflect the chef's Lombardy heritage, while also incorporating the flavors of the Danish seasons. From the 48-hour sourdough focaccia to the Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare, every dish at Brace is a testament to the beautiful fusion of Italo-Nordic culinary traditions.
Italo-Nordic deliciousnessBig love for all the dishes at Brace where Lombardian Nicola Fanetti applies all he's learnt from years of living and working in Denmark to the cuisine of his homeland - plenty of fermentation and foraged herbs and berries. Special mention should be given to the 48-hour sourdough focaccia (unreal) and the fermented honey, which is one of the best things I've ever tasted.
SURT is a pizza restaurant where pizzaiolo Giuseppe Oliva showcases true craftsmanship with his sourdough pizzas. Customers frequently rave about the exceptional quality of the pizzas, particularly the Margherita, and commend the meticulous attention to detail in both the fermentation process and cooking in the wood-fired oven. With a focus on high-quality produce and flavors that are always on point, SURT is considered one of the top spots for pizza in Europe.
It is really good pizza 🍕 and the sour dough and the way it is backed amazing. I had one of my best margherita ever.
Il Buco is an authentic Italian restaurant tucked away in an old warehouse on Islands Brygge, known for its rustic setting and big, bold flavors. They are committed to using organic, locally-sourced ingredients from artisan producers and sustainable farmers, with a menu that changes according to the seasons. In addition to their main dishes, they also run an in-house bakery specializing in a variety of bread and pastries.
Local ingredients in a rustic setting, Il Buco has big, bold flavours and buckets of charm Located off the beaten track in an old warehouse on Islands Brygge, Il Buco is an authentic Italian eatery with great love for the craft. The interior is small yet rustic and loaded with charm. They work with organic ingredients sourced from artisan producers and sustainable farmers and change their menu according to the seasons. They also run an in-house bakery that specialises in a variety of bread and pastries.During my visit, I ordered croquettes made from the blood and lugs of Birthesminde pigs, and a red deer (from Nordvildt) carpaccio with fermented birch syrup and blackcurrants. Both brilliant. Then, a whole haddock that had been slow-cooked over charcoal. The accompanying dairy sauce is local, as is everything else - Gigas oysters from Limfjorden, apples from Kysøko, Danish tomatoes and potatoes from Lykkesholm and Alouette.
Restaurant Levi is a casual dining spot that serves Italian and Japanese flavors, brought to life by founders Jesper Boelskifte and Peter Trauboth. Their menu includes dishes like Tuna with Akami and bagna cauda, and Black Angus with Yakiniku sauce, providing a fusion of savory and sweet flavors. The restaurant's design, created by Danish designer Johannes Torpe, blends old-world Italian and Japanese refinement, offering a comfortable yet stylish atmosphere.
Succesfull Italian and Japanese fusion in a very well designed restaurant Restaurant Levi is an extremely welcome addition to the Copenhagen dining scene. The food is a fusion of Italian and Japanese food which when you think about is an obvious combination with their product driven approach, the wine list is extensive and has all the right bottles and the decor is extremely cool. That to an extent where it balances on a knifes edge of being too posh but it is exactly on the right side. It’s just cool. All in all a great place and a perfect place in case you want to impress your significant other for a date
Hos Fischer is an Italian-inspired restaurant offering unpretentious comfort food, including a variety of antipasti, pasta, and wine. Known for its delicious dishes, particularly its pastas and salads, it's a place that diners often find themselves returning to. They serve lunch from Wednesday to Saturday starting at 11:30 AM, and dinner from 5 PM with a fixed menu, making it a great spot for a casual meal.
Unpretentious Italian inspired comfort food.Always delicious and unpretentious Italian inspired dishes, greatest pastas and salads at really reasonable prices. The kind of place you always come back to if you are nearby.
Topicàl is a modern Mediterranean style restaurant in Jægersborggade, Nørrebro, focusing on high-quality vegetables and offering an add-on of Hindsholmgrisen, a renowned Danish pork, to their 5-course menu. The menu, curated by head chef Davide Laudato, features inspiring dishes full of good flavors, including bitter herbs and pasta with coffee, reflecting his Neapolitan roots and experience in renowned establishments. The atmosphere at Topicàl is relaxed, with professional service from the predominantly Italian staff, making it a pleasant and affordable dining experience with a personal flavor profile.
A Kitchen with a Very Personal Touch and Good SkillsTopicàl is a new restaurant in Jægersborggade, Nørrebro, Cph. Opened spring 2023. It is a modern Mediterranean style cusine and focused on vegetables of really high quality and you can add on Hindsholmgrisen (Danish good pork) to the 5 courses menu.Inspiring dishes – lots of good flavors, bitter herbs, pasta with coffee – creative gastronomy with Italian vibes. Head chef Davide Laudato is proud Neapolitan and has worked at Frantzen, Relæ, Bæst and Mirabelle and Spisehuset that closed to fast. Most of the staff here are from Italy and are giving prof. service and the atmosphere is relaxed. Menu April 2023*Welcome snacks:Delicious satarbai almondsHousemade small crisp artichokeWarm yummi crisp croquettes *Raw cod tartare with backed sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke), mustard vinaigrette with dill and topped with puffed barley*King oyster mushroom, crisp ramson and lots of pepper*Mirabelle bread and olive oil *Handmade pasta Cavatelli, almond milk and grated roasted coffee *Granita of orange (blod appelsiner) and other citrus, not too sweet – so refreshing and nice.*Escarole m`buttunata, ajo cauda and black olives*Hindsholm grisen pork - n`duja sauce, seasonal contorno (kålblade fra toppen af broccoli eller rosenkål) and soft skin (bløde flæskesvær) with lemon*Yogurt semifreddo, lemon, thyme and olive oil Along with a very nice house-made limoncelloI have been here two times and to me it is a very nice and inexpensive dining experience with personal flavor profile.Very fair price: 5 courses with bread and water 450 kr. Meat dish 95 kr. Wine pairing 5 glasses 435 kr.
Boutique Emilia is a cozy restaurant with just 16 seats, specializing in handcrafted pasta and traditional dishes from the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna. Run by Noemi and Stefano, the eatery offers a variety of pasta including ravioli, tortellini, balanzoni and tagliatelle, all made with skill and passion. They also serve crescentina modenese, a flatbread from Modena, accompanied by charcuterie and slow-cooked onion marmalade with tomato, and require reservations due to their popularity.
Crazy good handmade pasta and dishes from Emilia-RomagnaBoutique Emilia is making some of the very best pasta in the center of Copenhagen.Noemi and Stefano run the small eatery with only 16 seats. Most of the dishes are from the Italian province Emilia-Romagna.Filled pasta like ravioli with asparagus and pancetta, tortellini with parma ham and the balanzoni (from Bologna) filled with mortadella, ricotta, parmigiano and pistachios is so good as well as the tagliatelle, rosetta and sometimes they have a perfectly made lasagna. The pasta is made with good skills and is so tasty.You can also have crescentina modenese what is is a flatbread from Modena and served with charcuterie and a slow cooked onion marmalade with tomato. Boutique Emilia is so popular that you have to make a reservation several months ahead – or give it a try, if you are lucky there is room for you.
Mangia is an Italian restaurant known for its exceptional plin pasta, which comes highly recommended by patrons. It also boasts a commendable selection of wines, enhancing the dining experience. For reservations, they provide an email address (email@example.com) and a contact number (+45 3139 4500) on their website.
Mirabelle is a Sicilian inspired eatery by chef Christian F Puglisi, offering all-day dining that includes a breakfast-brunch. The menu is diverse, featuring everything from scrambled eggs with nduja butter and Sicilian brioche with pistachio custard for breakfast, to crudo of monkfish, braised rabbit with olives, and spaghetti with anchovies for lunch and dinner. Notably, Mirabelle continues to serve its renowned sourdough bread, which is also available for takeout in limited quantities.
Sicilian flavours and great bread by Christian Puglisi. All day dining, including a nice breakfast-brunch.Mirabelle Spiseria is the renewed Sicilian inspired all day eatery in Nørrebro by chef Christian Puglisi, next door to his other restaurant, Bæst. The legendary bakery and eatery has now been turned into a proper Sicilian osteria with a focus on pasta and Sicilian flavours inspired by Puglisi’s Sicilian heritage. I had the breakfast, which already gives some nice flavours of the new setup, with scrambled eggs with nduja butter, kale with olive oil and Sicilian brioche with pistachio custard. The breakfast can be turned into lunch by adding a beef tartar with ground dried tomato capuliato, capers and oregano. The lunch and dinner menu features dishes from crudo of monkfish to braised rabbit with olives and spaghetti with anchovies, and, of course almond granita. For those who are missing the sourdough bread from Mirabelle Bakery: it’s still served with the food and can be bought in limited amounts for takeout.
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