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5 Delicious Italian Restaurants in New Brunswick

Where to get great Italian food in New Brunswick.

Looking to celebrate a special occasion with your family and friends this weekend, or perhaps you’re finally taking that person you’ve been swooning over for weeks on a date? There is no better atmosphere than Italian restaurants for sparking conversation, comfort, and romance.

couple eating italian food in new brunswick restaurant

New Brunswick, New Jersey boasts especially great Italian cuisine restaurants. So, whether you’re a local resident, or if you are passing through the city on your way to New York or to attend the state theatre, you cannot go wrong with the Italian places of this little city.

Best Italian Restaurants in New Brunswick

  1. Panico’s Restaurant & Bar
  2. Catherine Lombardi Restaurant
  3. Fillippo’s Famous Pizza
  4. Zookini Pizza & Restaurant
  5. Pappagallos Pizzeria Restaurant

Panico’s Restaurant & Bar

103 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1242
(732) 545-6100
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A beautiful restaurant in downtown New Brunswick, Panico’s is the perfect place to grab a bite before a night on the town, after an event, or with your date!

Offering a variety of Italian cuisine options, your plate will be artistically heaped with food. From gorgeous eggplant rollatini to lobster ravioli and numerous pasta dishes, we promise you there is no way you can leave Panico’s hungry.


Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

3 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903
(732) 296-9463
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Serving Brooklyn style Italian cuisine, Catherine Lombardi takes pride in being one of the most gorgeously put together restaurants in the city. Located right in New Brunswick’s theatre district, this restaurant not only offers great food, but a killer view with 21 windows overlooking downtown.

Catherine Lombardi enjoys sourcing from local food and strives to have a warm and welcoming environment. With food based on one of the owner’s grandmother’s recipes, customers will leave satisfied both in the stomach and in the heart.


Filippo’s Famous Pizza

336 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2011
(732) 846-9060
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Looking for a more laid back Italian experience? Filippo’s Famous Pizza offers a chill experience with great Italian cuisine.

Come in for a specialty pizza, loaded salad, stromboli or calzone, or dinner entree! Filippo’s Famous Pizza offers you the best food one of the best locations in the city without you having to get too dressed up to be a part of the scene!


Zookini Pizza & Restaurant

60 Sicard St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 545-6671
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One of the best rated Italian restaurants in New Brunswick, Zookini Pizza & Restaurant surprises people over and over again. A casual restaurant, Zookini offers great pizza, pasta, and platter options to satisfy any customer. 

And if you happen to be more in the mood for Italian around lunch time, subs (hot and cold!) are available as well. 


Pappagallos Pizzeria Restaurant

76 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-745-9011
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pappagallos italian restaurant

If you are willing to take a five minute drive outside of New Brunswick, Pappagallos’ is one Italian restaurant that you just have to visit. With incredible food and some of the best servers out there, Pappagallos Pizzeria Restaurant will not let you down!

Order from an extensive menu of Italian & Mediterranean cuisine from a cozy storefront right across the Raritan River.


Final Thoughts

We love Italian food, and we know you do too! We hope you are able to check out some of our favorite Italian restaurants the next time you find yourself in the city of New Brunswick.

Not feeling Italian food? Check out our list of the best restaurants for some inspiration on where to eat in New Brunswick.

And if we missed one of your favorites, please shout it out in the comments! Every restaurant deserves to be shared with the rest of the foodie community.

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Written by Maggie Kelly

Maggie is a New Brunswick local and Rutgers University student who has made checking out local eateries one of her hobbies the past three years. She grew up in Frenchtown New Jersey and is often seen exploring the greater New York City area.