Ciao Bella! Are you craving Italian and wondering where to find the best of the best in Eugene? Maybe you’re all about sustainability and locally-sourced products that help the community around you while eating your way through Oregon’s version of Italy. Look no further because we rounded up the four best Eugene restaurants with good-for-you ingredients that stay true to local farms and small businesses. From modern, local, and seasonal dishes to simple, traditional and authentic family recipes, these restaurants have enough Italian variety to keep you full and coming back for more.
Ambrosia (174 E. Broadway)
For over 30 years now, Ambrosia has provided customers with delicious seasonal menus and daily specials that include locally-sourced produce, seafood, meats, handmade pasta, and much, much more. This Italian eatery was sparked by a love of traditions surrounding food and wine while including a humble and comfortable dining experience. Unfortunately, Ambrosia isn’t offering a dine-in option right now. Still, fear not, they’re continuing to provide to-go orders with a limited menu, as well as wine options at a discounted price. Visit Grub Hub, Uber Eats, or Doordash for delivery options as well, and don’t forget to try the Fettuccine Davide, made special by David Proctor, Ambrosia’s first chef.
Fun fact: Ambrosia’s wood-fired brick oven was imported from Italy, piece-by-piece, and assembled on-site!
Placido’s Pasta Shop (120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., #110)
Joseph Placido’s vision came from experiences preparing special seafood dishes during his youth, partnered with an appreciation for wholesome ingredients and not over-complicating things. Throughout his kitchen years, he opened Placido’s Pasta Shop in 2015, which quickly became an Italian staple in the Eugene area. Joseph’s goal is to always focus on sustainable, local, and organic ingredients. The results are fresh certified-organic pasta dishes that reflect his integrity and thoughtfulness with ingredients combining old-world and new-world tastes. Placido’s is available for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout, so get your organic noodles while they’re hot.
Fun Fact: Placido’s has a sister company called O.G. Noodles, which is available at Eugene area stores and at Placido’s shop.
Mazzi’s (3377 E. Amazon Dr.)
Are you trying to find an authentic Italian restaurant that is backed by tradition and history? We have just the place for you; Mazzi’s. Established in 1970, Mazzi’s is one of the best Italian/Sicilian eateries the Willamette Valley has to offer. Mazzi’s began when the son of Tommaso “Mazzi” Ernandes wished to keep his father’s Sicilian heritage alive, and with hard work he has done just that. The dishes, originating from authentic Favignana recipes, add to Mazzi’s mission: to make you feel right at home. You’ll definitely feel cozy and comfortable with the tantalizing aroma of daily fresh-baked bread and pasta made on-site. In fact, practically everything dished out onto a plate, or to-go containers is made fresh and sourced from a small Italian family-owned farm. It really doesn’t get better than this. Mazzi’s is available for patio dining, takeout, or curbside delivery.
Fun fact: the Italian fettuccine is made on a pasta machine that came straight from Italy
Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria (1646 E 19th Ave.)
Lastly, a local favorite time and time again is Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria. The Oregon Daily Emerald dubbed this eatery as “a delicious Italian restaurant,” so customers should know they are in for a treat. Since 1998, Beppe & Gianni’s has been serving fresh ingredients and sought-after dishes such as the roasted garlic with cambozola cheese, and a seafood lover’s favorite, Lobster Ravioli. It would be a shame to miss out on the authenticity and true Italian nod to the classic dishes that smell and taste like they came straight from Italy. If we made you hungry, they offer outdoor seating, takeout, and curbside pickup.
Fun Fact: Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria has been voted Eugene, Oregon’s best Italian restaurant by The Register-Guard and Eugene Weekly readers.
Featured Image: Courtesy Dominick Barbero Photography.
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