Last modified on June 3rd, 2022 at 1:36 pm

Italian cuisine is one of the most popular food types in the United States. In fact, according to National Geographic, out of 800,000 total restaurants in the U.S., a full 100,000 specialize in Italian food. In many ways, this cuisine has become as American as apple pie.

While this level of popularity is great, it can present some challenges for proprietors of Italian restaurants. If you own one of 8 or 10 Italian restaurants in your town, how can you make yours stand out from the crowd? Beyond offering great food and outstanding service, one way to achieve that goal is by picking a truly creative name.

At Budget Branders, we understand both the good and the bad of running your own business.

Our goal is to help our clients increase sales through marketing with custom-branded cups, bowls, bags, and more. Once you have your great restaurant name, we’ll help you make it known in your community with our high quality disposable products. 

Ready to get started? Check out our guide to the best Italian restaurant names!

Why Is Having a Great Restaurant Name Important?

When you decided to open your own restaurant, its name may have been an afterthought. With so much else on your plate – like picking a menu, finding the right space for your establishment, and figuring out how to pay for it all – you may have been tempted to just pick something easy. For example, if you come from an Italian-American family, you may have decided to just name your restaurant after your family name or even your grandma. 

There is nothing wrong with this – and there is actually a lot of benefit to naming your restaurant after yourself or your family! Famed Italian chef Lidia Bastianich named a number of her restaurants after herself, which was a great way to take advantage of her fame as a television star. Using a family name also allows you to tell a story, which can be compelling for guests.

But there are certain benefits to choosing a unique name. Not only will it help you stand out from a crowd, but it is often more memorable for guests. Having a fun or cool restaurant name can also play a role in marketing, allowing you to play around with colors, logos, and even your slogan.

So how exactly do you choose a unique restaurant name for your Italian joint? Below, we have come up with a list of more than 200 creative names for Italian restaurants. They should help you start to think outside of the box so that you can choose a name that truly reflects your mission and values as a business.

200+ Creative Italian Restaurant Names 

Pun-Based Names for Italian Restaurants

One of the easiest ways to make an impact is with a well-timed pun. A clever play on words will make customers remember your restaurant’s name – and can be a great way to advertise your business!

  1. Tirami-Su
  2. Pizza My Heart
  3. Cheesy Does It
  4. The Dairy Godmother
  5. The Great Impasta
  6. Basic Kneads Pizza
  7. Wisepies
  8. Bread Zeppelin
  9. Pastabilities 
  10. Planet of the Grapes
  11. Meat & Greet
  12. Rasta Pasta
  13. The Cal Zone
  14. TinyTalian
  15. The Sunday Sauce
  16. Ragu for You
  17. Al Dente
  18. Fatti a Mano
  19. The Pope’s Pantry
  20. In Vino Veritas
  21. Pizza You

Pop Culture Based Names for Italian Restaurants

Italian culture is huge in our cultural landscape, from Rocky to the Godfather to the Soprano’s. If you’re a fan of a particular movie, TV show, or book, why not translate it to your restaurant? It’s a great way to build a theme – and to attract potential customers!

  1. The Italian Stallion
  2. Afternoon Delight
  3. That’s A Spicy Meatball
  4. That’s Amore Pasta
  5. Tony’s Restaurant
  6. Mystic Pizza
  7. Gino’s Cafe
  8. Sal’s Famous Pizzeria
  9. Salerno’s Restaurant
  10. Adrian’s
  11. Soprano’s Italian Eatery
  12. Louie’s Restaurant
  13. Alcapone’s
  14. The Godfather Restaurant
  15. Casa Nostra
  16. Mamma Mia Trattoria
  17. Earth, Wind, & Flour
  18. Power Puff Pasta
  19. Carmine’s Pasta and More
  20. Vito’s Pizzeria
  21. The Codfather
  22. Anthony and Cleopatra’s
  23. Caesar’s Ghost
  24. Goodfella’s Pizza
  25. L’Ultima Cena

Funny Names for Italian Restaurants

Making people laugh is always a good thing (as long as they aren’t laughing at your food!). If you can give people a chuckle when they see your restaurant’s name, that can be a great way to increase name recognition. It is also a good way to get customers to check in or tag your restaurant on social media, which is a tremendous source of free advertising for most businesses.

  1. The P’sghetti Bar
  2. House of Carbs
  3. American Pie
  4. Dishy Pizza
  5. Garlic, Garlic, & More Garlic
  6. Saucy Girls
  7. Lucifer’s Pizza
  8. Eat Some Ziti!
  9. Incognito Bistro
  10. The Crispy Crust
  11. Crazy about Calories
  12. Live to Eat
  13. Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted
  14. Ti Amo, Pizza!
  15. Meet the Sauces
  16. The Baked Italian
  17. The Tipsy Italian

Catchy Italian Restaurant Names

Don’t want a punny or pop culture name for your Italian restaurant? You can still take advantage of these catchy names that will almost certainly stick in patrons’ minds – and stay top of mind when they’re deciding where to eat.

  1. Pizza Perfection
  2. Slice of Italy
  3. Pizza Squad
  4. Insta Italy
  5. The Italian Affair
  6. Bella Italia
  7. House of Pasta
  8. Capri Café
  9. Pasta Romance
  10. An Italian Affair
  11. The Pasta Queen
  12. Pasta Bella
  13. The Italian Oven
  14. Pasta-Roni
  15. Lasagna Hut
  16. Fettuccine Delight
  17. The Spaghetti Shack
  18. Anchovy and Meatballs
  19. Restaurant Roma
  20. Tuscan Oven
  21. The Organic Pasta Co.
  22. Delightfully Italian
  23. Made in Italy
  24. Spaghetti Warehouse
  25. Bella Luna
  26. Spaghetti Speciality 
  27. Ciao! Caboose
  28. Italia Mania
  29. The Quick Bolognese
  30. Pizza Passport
  31. The Pasta People
  32. Wine Me, Dine Me
  33. The Tasty Tortellini
  34. Ziti the Great
  35. Pizza Pazza 
  36. The Sardinian Sage
  37. Bella Bella
  38. Primi Piatti
  39. The Tuscan Tomato
  40. The Main Macaroni
  41. Pasta Villa
  42. Pipin’ Hot Pizza
  43. Pizza Mania
  44. Fresco del Forno
  45. Bruschetta’s
  46. Salami Bonanza
  47. Neapolitan Nights

Food-Based Italian Restaurant Names

Italian food uses a number of core ingredients that most people absolutely adore (onions, garlic, and tomatoes, anyone?). Play off of this love with a name based on the type of food that you serve, and you can create great associations in your customers’ minds.

  1. Cacio e Pepe
  2. The Lasagna Lowdown
  3. Penne The Pie
  4. Zesty Pesto Italian Restaurant
  5. Basil and Olives
  6. Bella Oregano
  7. Penne Magic
  8. Noodle Nation
  9. Oregano’s
  10. Mozzarella Meals
  11. Little Macaroni
  12. Hot Tomatoes
  13. Ribollita
  14. Pappardelle’s
  15. Penne with a Twist
  16. The Butcher’s Ragu
  17. The Saucy Affair
  18. Asiago Italian
  19. Luigi’s Lasagne
  20. Rigatoni Flavors
  21. On the Grapevine
  22. Spaghetti & Meatballs
  23. Sale e Pepe
  24. Formaggio e Vino
  25. Romano’s Pasto
  26. Terra & Mare
  27. Aroma Italiano
  28. Bella Mozzarella
  29. Penne with a Twist
  30. The Pasta Emporium
  31. Basil & Thyme
  32. Bubbling Pizza
  33. Truffled Up
  34. The Sunday Gravy Spot
  35. Anchovy and Meatballs
  36. Tomatoes with a Twist
  37. La Torta del Topo
  38. Paninaro
  39. Dolce
  40. Uptown Olive
  41. The Herbed Olive
  42. Presto Pomodoro
  43. Garlic & Love

Fancy Italian Restaurant Names

If your restaurant is more of a white tablecloth type of place, then you may want to go a little more formal. The good news? Almost any name sounds fancier if you translate it to Italian. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  1. Al Prato
  2. Da Nella
  3. Molto Italiano 
  4. Al Postiglione
  5. Zafferano
  6. Primavera
  7. Castello di Saraceno
  8. Casa Oliva
  9. La Villetta
  10. La Fazenda
  11. Ristorante L’Oso
  12. La Bulesca
  13. Tarantola
  14. Giorgione Alla Villa
  15. Sapori
  16. Palazzina
  17. Il Messaggero
  18. Gustamente
  19. Civita Nova
  20. Il Latini
  21. La Terrazze
  22. Del Borgo
  23. Il Portico
  24. Osteria La Rocca
  25. Basilico
  26. Novelli
  27. Bravo
  28. Mangia Tutto
  29. Gran Quadri
  30. Della Porta
  31. Vecchia Roma
  32. Aglio
  33. Papa Razzi
  34. Gregorio de Ferrari
  35. La Macina
  36. Da Zero
  37. Gandolfi
  38. Bonsignori
  39. Clemente da Urbino
  40. Il Riccio
  41. Mantegazza
  42. Bellini
  43. Spinelli
  44. Baldovinetti
  45. Toscanini
  46. Busoni
  47. Cosimo
  48. Caldo del Forno
  49. Asiago Italian
  50. Asti Olives Italian Cuisine
  51. La Dolce Vita
  52. Aglio Olio

Want to Come Up with a Cool Restaurant Name of Your Own? We Have a Tool for That!

Now that you have some examples of creative Italian restaurant names, it is time to develop a name for your own place. Even with these lists as a starting point, it can be hard to come up with a name that is both memorable and unique. To help you along the way, we created a free restaurant name generator.

To use the generator, just input your location, name, cuisine type, and a signature dish. Then click the button and let the software do its magic! You can generate as many names as you would like until you find the perfect name for your Italian restaurant.

Already Picked Your Restaurant Name? Give Budget Branders a Call!

Whether you have a long-standing name for your restaurant or just came up with something new and exciting, one of the best ways to market your business is by using custom-printed disposable products. If you’re already using cups, bowls, and bags for your restaurant, adding your name and logo can increase your reach. Each time that your customers get take-out or take something home with them, they’ll be carrying around an advertisement for your restaurant – at little added cost to you!

Budget Branders understands the pressure that many restaurant owners face on a daily basis. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, it can be challenging to stay profitable in such a competitive market. We offer a full range of custom branded disposable products for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops at prices and in quantities that make sense for independently-owned businesses.

To learn more about how we can help your business grow, submit a contact form or a quote request for one or more of our products. Our branding experts are always available to answer questions. Simply press the live chat button to get started.