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Why would you come to Cornwall and eat Italian food? Well because Cornwall, St.Ives in and Carbis Bay, in particular, boast exceptional spots and to be honest who doesn’t enjoy Italian food no matter where you are.

It’s simplistic yet delicious, the ingredients fresh and fragrant and then, the elephant in the room, Italian food often means Pizza. Here’s a list of a few of the bellissimos Italian restaurants in St Ives and its surroundings.

Caffe Pasta

Caffe Pasta is a busy restaurant pretty much all year round so booking is advisable. It’s located on The Wharf so you are assured of stunning sea views. Open 7 days a week for morning coffee, lunch and dinner and boasts great pasta, pizza and drinks.

There is a Specials menu, with both starters and mains; pan fried sea bass fillet, slow roasted lamb, king prawn and chilli pizza to name a few. And of course be sure to leave room for dessert, maybe the traditional Tiramisu or lemon cheesecake. They stock imported alcohol, wines, beer and spirit to accompany your meal for an authentic experience.

You can call and book on 01736 798899

Linguine Bolognese on a white plate over a wooden in a St Ives Italian Restaurant

Peppers Pasta and Pizzeria

This lovely Italian restaurant in St Ives can be found at 22 Fore Street, it’s open every evening (5 pm- 22:30 pm)throughout the year and offers traditional pasta dishes, fresh dough pizzas, steaks and poultry using the “best local produce”.

You can build your own pizza, starting from a base of tomato and cheese with yummy toppings like chicken, chillies, chorizo, mussels to name but a few. Steaks are chargrilled to your liking and you can have sides of onion rings, parmesan mash, or chunky fries.

There are specials on offer too, so check the specials board on your way in. If you still have room, maybe share a dessert, how about a rich sticky Italian orange cake with Cornish Clotted Cream! Bella!

Make your reservation by ringing 01736 794014

whole marguerita pizza on a wooden table

Onshore, St Ives

Onshore is also located on The Wharf, a view of bobbing boats, spectacular sea views of the Cornish coast and at night, shimmering lights reflecting on the sea’s surface will make your meal all the more special.

Onshore, as well as serving the finest seafood and Cornish produce, has one of the largest wood burning stoves in Cornwall, to make your pizza perfect. Pizza choices are many and varied including a Chinese inspired creation with hoisin duck and fresh spring onion.

Pastas, risottos and a seafood fettuccine are amongst the popular choices. Finish your meal off with an affogato, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot on the side, or if you still have room you could try the passion fruit and vanilla cheesecake, served with fruit sorbet.

To book a table call 01736 796000

three slices of pizza from a Italian Restaurant in St Ives

Antoninis Italian Restaurant, Hayle

Antoninis is a small Italian restaurant in Hayle awarded with a certificate of excellence, just over 6 miles from St Ives but well worth the trip. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6:30 pm and on Saturday are open for morning coffee from 10:30 am and lunch from 12:00 noon.

The head chef, Michael Antonini, was born in Italy and uses local, seasonal product to make delicious meals that change regularly, the menu is a small one, “which ensures our produce is fresh and high quality”.

They will always try to accommodate dietary requirements. Booking is essential.

Give them a ring on 01736 758357

White Plate of Spaghetti ao Sugo decorated with cherry tomatoes from one of the Italian Restaurants in St Ives

So there you have it, our list of Italian restaurants in St Ives and its surroundings, buon appetito.

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