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These Are The Top 4 Italian Restaurants in Lancaster, PA, According to Yelp

Melissa Frost
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There's a wide range of Italian restaurants in Lancaster, PA.

From upscale to casual, from low-key pizza to homemade penne, there's a bit of everything. These are the top 4, highest rated, Italian restaurants in Lancaster, according to Yelp.

1. Valentino's Cafe

Valentino's Cafe is a longtime West-End staple with a rich history and welcoming atmosphere.

The founders, John and Anna Valentino, originally ran the business as a barber shop and grocery store, where Anna made and sold homemade Italian food. In 1937, they obtained a restaurant liquor license and turned the barber shop into a bar room, where Anna continued to make her homemade spaghetti sauce. The restaurant/bar is now run by third- and fourth-generation family, still serving the original meat sauce recipe that Anna created.

Address: 132 Rider Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603


I'm never surprised when I see LUCA on a top list. It is one of my favorite restaurants of all time - the flavors and the details in every bite, from the slightly burnt pizza crust to the fresh tomatoes. This is a farm-driven Italian kitchen focusing on impeccably sourced vegetables and roasted meats, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, and handmade pastas.

Address: 436 W. James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

3. Pasquale's

Pasquale's is a casual Italian restaurant along Old Philadelphia Pike, offering made-to-order pizzas and pastas along with sandwiches, all in a down-to-earth atmosphere. It works well as a spot for eating out with kids, but as for a date night, I'd go with LUCA or Valentino's.

Address: 1657 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

4. Pie In the Sky

For a Friday night pizza takeout, Pie In the Sky is a great choice. They offer pizzas, cheesesteaks and more, at a very reasonable price. It's not the kind of spot you notice when passing by, it's extremely low-key but the pizzas are outstanding, according to local reviews.

Address: 105 Duncan St C, Lancaster, PA 17602

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