Italian Restaurants in Durham

You certainly won't be disappointed with the choice of Italian restaurants in Durham. From traditional trattorias that are ideal for a romantic getaway, to lively restaurants that are great for large groups, there really is something for everyone in this beautiful city.
We know you want to make the most of your trip to Durham by sampling the best of what the city has to offer. So, to help you narrow down your options, we've put together this list of some of the most highly acclaimed Italians in Durham - where you can find the finest antipasti, pizza, pasta, seafood, and more. Or, if you're looking for different styles of cuisine, you can always check out our complete guide to Durham restaurants.


La Spaghettata ·

66 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NP

Known for its lively atmosphere and friendly service, La Spaghettata is Durham's longest running independent Italian restaurant. It provides authentic Italian food for an excellent price, and you can expect to find traditional and tasty antipasti, pasta, and pizza dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options. It’s conveniently located on Saddler Street so, if you’re hunting for a great Italian restaurant in Durham City Centre, La Spaghettata could be exactly what you're looking for.


Bella Mamma ·

Nevilles Cross Complex, Darlington Road, Durham, DH1 4JX

Located just under a mile outside Durham city centre, Bella Mamma is a traditional Italian bistro offering great food in elegant surroundings. On the menu, you'll find a huge choice of antipasti, pasta, meat and seafood dishes, and you can choose between smaller or bigger portions, depending on your appetite. Service is attentive and friendly, and you can normally expect it to be filled with local diners in the evenings and at weekends — a testament to its popularity.


Uno Momento ·

39 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RD

Located on Silver Street, Uno Momento offers a huge menu with just about every Italian dish you could wish for, including pizza, pasta, risotto, seafood, meat dishes, and more. You're sure to find something that will please everyone in your group. The location is perfect for a pre-theatre meal, and the restaurant offers a very reasonable happy hour menu on weeknights and before 5pm on weekends.


La Piazza ·

7 Station Lane, Durham, DH1 1LJ

If you're looking for a hearty Italian meal in an unusual setting, head to La Piazza on Station Lane. It’s located inside a former train station, with friendly service and a lively atmosphere. The menu is extensive, offering a variety of classic Italian dishes, and you can enjoy three courses for less than £7 at lunchtime. If the weather is good, be sure to dine out on their terrace.


La Spada Ristorante ·

62–63 Front Street, Durham, DH1 5DE

Located a couple of miles outside Durham City Centre, and based inside a former coaching inn, La Spada Ristorante is incredibly popular with the locals. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable, and there's a great value happy hour deal earlier in the evening. The real star of the show is the cocktail bar, which was taken from the Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship. It can get busy in the evenings and at the weekend, so booking is recommended.


ASK Italian ·

Unit 4, Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SQ

Part of the ASK Italian chain, this friendly and modern restaurant serves up a range of tasty stone-baked pizzas, classic pasta dishes, and more. It’s based inside the Walkergate leisure complex right in the heart of the city centre, where you'll find the city's liveliest clubs and bars. The location is also ideal if you're spending the day shopping or going to the theatre. It’s based right on top of a car park that's open 24 hours a day, which is very convenient if you're visiting the city by car.


Brooklyn Pizza Slice ·

Stall 50A, Durham Market Hall, Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NJ

If you want a quick Italian meal in Durham City Centre, Brooklyn Pizza Slice is the place to go. Tucked away at the back of the historic indoor market, this tiny counter serves up freshly cooked New York-style pizza by the slice for as little as £2.50. The ingredients are top quality, and the slices are very generous for the price. The market is located just around the corner from the Castle and the Cathedral, so it's the ideal spot for a quick lunch during a day of sightseeing.