America’s 20 Best Italian Restaurants

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The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades. Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term “Italian restaurant” conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like Chicken Parmigiana that were more Italian-American than authentic Italian.

Then something interesting happened: people got bored, and a new breed of Italian restaurant came onto the scene, able to rival even the highest-end French dining rooms. From a neighborhood trattoria in Brooklyn to a high-end restaurant in San Francisco with a tasting menu focused on the bounty of Northern California, we rounded up the 20 best Italian restaurants in America.

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