Italian Restaurants in Puerto Banus and Marbella

Whether you fancy home made pasta, pizza or some of the most delicious meat and fish dishes infused with fresh Italian herbs and spices, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to great Italian restaurants in Marbella.

One highly recommended Italian restaurant chain in Marbella isPasta da Bruno, run by  husband and wife team, Giuseppina and Bruno Filippone whose first restaurant opened in C/Ricardo Soriano, Marbella around 20 years ago. There are now Pasta da Bruno restaurants in Marbella (2), Puerto Cabopino (1), San Pedro (1) and the newest kid on the block is the Mijas Road restaurant.

Da Bruno has become synonymous with excellent food and service in a relaxed atmosphere, and many traditional dishes are served alongside their famous steaks, fish and fresh pasta dishes.

Recommended dishes include Spaghetti Vongole (with fresh seafood), the Veal Escalope with Marsala wine, Tournedos Rossinni and fresh mussels. Sole Meuniere with lemon and fresh herbs and the ravioli stuffed with pumpkin are also a huge hit. Vegetables included sauteé potatoes and wilted spinach, courgettes and mange tout. If you still have room for some more, finish off with the home made lemon or chocolate mousse .. delicious.

The Pannacotta with Raspberry Coulis is also a house speciality- a delicious creation of subtle vanilla mousse combined with a fresh fruit sauce reduced with sugar.  Pasta Da Bruno enjoys incredible success because of first class food, excellent service and close attention from the owners.

The Da Bruno restaurant group began operating in Marbella in 1994 with the launch of Pasta Da Bruno this was followed by the opening of Da Bruno a Casa (1999), Da Bruno a Cabopino (2001), Da Bruno sul Mare (2002), Da Bruno a San Pedro (2005) and recently Da Bruno Cabopino Take Away and Delicatessen (2008).

House specialities are always available plus specials of the day. One of the best dishes we tried was the Foie Gras with apple and honey, veal carpaccio and an incredible porterhouse steak with hollandaise sauce.

For bookings or more information call: 952831918 or check out: www.dabruno.com

Rosmarino de La Piazza, just west of Marbella in popular Elviria offers excellent Italian and international cuisine. This family run restaurant offers a choice of delicious dishes with Andalucian and Italian influences, combined with an excellent wine list and a superb location.

Some of the best dishes on the menu include tagliatelle with lobster, parmesan and rocket salad, foie gras lasagne, fillet steak served with black truffles, foie gras and marsala wine sauce and rack of lamb with Italian herbs. If you want to splash out try the fresh lobster salad. As for the puddings, the tiramisu is to die for.

For more information or to make a reservation at Rosmarino, call: 952 850148 or check out: www.rosmarinodellapiazza.com

Staying in Elviria,Da Carlo Restaurantopened in April, 2010 and continues to go from strength to strength. Situated on the second slip road from the main Elviria turn off, in the direction of Marbella, this elegant eaterie serves a range of delicious dishes, including a full a la carte menu and weekly specials. Situated in Avenida Las Cumbres, and open from 5pm, Monday to Saturday, Da Carlo offers luxurious surroundings and gourmet food at incredible prices. From lobster and chateaubriand to the very best pasta and pizza, Da Carlo also offers plenty of street parking nearby.

For more information or to book a table, call: 952 835195 or contact: dacarlorestauranteelviria@yahoo.com

If you are thinking of going  ´Italian´ in Puerto Banus try the ever-popularPizzeria Picassoon the front line of the Marina. Situated on the water´s edge this lively restaurant is one of the busiest places in Puerto Banus. You can´t actually book a table here, so turn  up and wait to be seated .. you will enjoy the ride.

Picasso´s specialises in Pizzas and pastas, particularly popular with the younger crowd, and also offers mouthwatering steaks and fish dishes.

Our favourites include the Spaghetti Vongole, prepared with home made pasta and fresh seafood, Pepperoni, Onion and Mozzarella Pizza, baked to crispy perfection in the stone pizza oven, and Fillet Steak Pizzaola, served with spaghetti and a fresh tomato and cheese sauce .. delicious.

The Italian ice creams are delicious, along with a great choice of home made desserts.

Picasso´s is busy all year round, and you will be hard pushed to find a better value restaurant in Puerto Banus than this.

This is a great family venue in an unbeatable location. For more information, phone: 95 281 3669 or check out: www.pizzeriapicasso.com

Another favourite haunt of Italian food lovers in Puerto Banus is La Pappardellaon the right hand side of the port, where the big boats are. This is Italian fare at its best, and some recommended dishes include: smoked beef topped with rocket and parmesan cheese, artichoke, rocket, avocado and parmesan salad, delicious home made sweet onion soup with cheese crouton, tortellini with beef cream and ham sauce, seafood risotto and linguini with octopus and tomato sauce. La Pappardella also boasts an incredible wine list, with some superb Italian wines, including Barolo and Valpolicella. Take a look at: www.lapappardella.com/en_index.html

If you are looking for an alternative to Spanish cuisine in Marbella and Puerto Banus, try one of the excellent Italian restaurants in town. Whether you are looking for a quick bowl of delicious pasta or you want a full gourmet dinner with fine wine and all the trimmings, you will be spoilt for choice. Cin Cin Enjoy!