Italian Restaurants in Halifax, NS


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  • Tony's Donair
    Since 1976, Tony’s Donair been feverishly keeping up with the demand for two transnational specialties: Italian pizzas and Greek donairs. The eponymous Tony maintains a menu that includes twists on classic dishes throughout the Mediterranean, such as customizable pizzas, plates of souvlaki pork sided with a Greek salad, falafel-filled pitas, and panzerotti stuffed with mozzarella. His donair spit-cooked meat has risen in local popularity over the last 35 years, encouraging Tony to use the versatile cuts as pizza-topping, pita-filling, poutine-accoutrement, and wall-paper. When clients become too busy to stop in and say "how-do-you-do," they can order combo specials with pizza, sides, and soda that can be delivered straight to any given door.
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    2390 Robie St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Pizza Delight Halifax
    Many Canadians had never even tasted pizza when the first Pizza Delight appeared in New Brunswick in 1968. Its chefs would soon draw crowds of curious diners with these new, cheesy pies, gaining a reputation for their use of freshly baked crusts, creamy blends of cheeses, and fresh toppings. Today, the chefs continue to whip up their signature pizzas alongside savoury pastas, crisp salads, and meaty donairs.
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    5680 Spring Garden Road
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Pipa Restaurant
    Victoria and Luis Gaspar sought to introduce Atlantic Canada to new types of world cuisine by filling the menu at Pipa Restaurant + Bar with iconic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. This distinctiveness helped earn it a spot on Where magazine's 2009 list of Canada's best new restaurants, as well as praise from Halifax Magazine, which has lauded the restaurant for being "something different on the downtown dining scene." The menu items' names may seem unfamiliar at first, but the flavours evoke a certain homey quality. The mains include hearty Brazilian stews such as feijoada, a blend of smoked meats and black beans that bears the honor of being Brazil's national dish. Appetizers incorporate Portuguese staples such as chouriço sausage and salt cod. The wine list complements these robust flavors with its selection of Portuguese wines, including crisp vinho verdes and bold reds from the Douro region's subterranean reservoirs of grape juice. Located within the historic Carleton building, which dates as far back as 1759, the restaurant combines modern and Old-World ambience, garnering the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's award for Best Design & Decor in 2010. Fireplaces and floorboards from reclaimed timber add a rustic vibe to the two dining rooms, but the atrium gets a bright, airy feel from its glass pyramid ceiling. Throughout the week, Pipa Restaurant + Bar hosts live Latin jazz or bossa nova bands, and salsa-dancing events help attendees pick up the dance's basic steps and competition-level hair tosses.
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    1685 Argyle St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • The Wooden Monkey
    Back in 2003, when Hurricane Juan left Nova Scotians stranded for a few days, Lil MacPherson grew concerned about food security. She noticed that there were few local options in their relative isolation, and that much of their food was shipped from far away with little environmental concern for how it was produced. This discovery inspired her to start supporting nearby farmers and purveyors in the hopes of strengthening Nova Scotia's foodscape. But she didn't want to stop there—she wanted the rest of her home province to embrace sustainability, too. The Wooden Monkey, a restaurant devoted to the local culinary culture, was the next step in her journey. Under the guidance of partners Christine Bower and Matthew Gass, The Wooden Monkey in Halifax and Dartmouth shine a spotlight on the work of local food producers. The menu is MSG free, and the drink menu has no artificial ingredients. Getting to know the suppliers and the people who grow their food is very important to the folks at The Wooden Monkey. In fact, every meat in the kitchen has been sourced from Nova Scotia: lamb from Nothumberlamb is used for the lamb burger, and the rustic chicken dinner is made from Pasture Hills poultry. The Monkey isn't just for meat-eaters, however. The staff also prepares an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options, including plates of gingered tofu served over organic quinoa-rice noodles. In fact, the menu is conscious of several dietary restrictions, including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.
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    1707 Grafton St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Tomavino's
    Candlelight casts an untroubled glow across the basement dining room of Tomavino's. The cozy den surrounds diners with exposed brick and stone walls from the late 19th century, which reverberate with the gentle sounds of an in-house pianist on weekends. The romantic ambiance befits owner Tom Vacon’s Italian cuisine, which he lovingly crafts with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Specializing in pizza, Tom bakes his 10 small or medium specialty pies with a deftly balanced blend of ingredients. He also leaves the gustatory decision-making up to diners who can customize their own pizza with toppings such as fontina cheese and housemade meatballs. Housemade meat sauce douses plates of spaghetti, one of six pasta dishes, which also includes the lobster, scallop, and mussel medley of the fruiti de mari, named for the aquatic creatures considered fruit in a shark’s diet. Classic cocktails, liquor-infused specialty coffee, or imported wine complement each sauce-soaked bite, and housemade cheesecake or organic gelato ends meals on a sweet note.
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    5173 South St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Freeman's Little New York
    The pie-makers at Freeman's Little New York have been spinning dough into Big Apple–style crusts since 1956. These days, they stay up until 5 a.m. nightly to assemble more than 10 specialty pies such as the chipotle cajun, a zesty medley of hot peppers, sausage, and Tabasco chipotle. The cooks can likewise whip up customized pies, including gluten-free versions with 20-plus toppings such as shaved roast beef and artichoke hearts. Alongside pizzas, the culinary team crafts everything from wings tossed in sweet-chili sauce to black-bean and sweet-potato burgers crowned with curry mayo. They also highlight local ingredients with weekly soups and entrees. Feasts unfold inside the cozy, intimately lit booths of Freeman's dining room and lounge, where live musicians take the stage several nights a week to sing odes to pepperoni.
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    1726 Grafton Street
    Halifax, NS CA

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