When the craving for a good red sauce restaurant hits, Santa Fe offers a variety of Italian restaurants that fit your price point. From family restaurants to higher-end experiences, these are the top local choices.
- El Nido-Luxurious, delicious and historic. El Nido has been making memories for almost 100 years. What began as a 1920s roadhouse and then became Tesuque’s lively dance hall continues to attract visitors from near and far. Housed in a historic building, this iconic fine-dining restaurant in Tesuque Village, 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, serves innovative cuisine in a handsome setting. The menu offers grilled steaks and seafood, handcrafted pasta and wood-fired pizza.
Horno—David Sellers is back in the kitchen on Marcy Street and everyone is cheering. He created a menu of foods he wants to eat with an Italian slant.
Piccolino’s—An absolute top locals favorite for affordable family-style Italian/American dining! Choose from eggplant Parm to meatballs and spaghetti. And the generous portions provide lunch the next day.
Pranzo—After a 30-year run and a few years hiatus, Steve Lemon is back at it at a new location off Johnson. As the chef and owner, things are special at this restaurant and we couldn’t be happier.
Rustica—Located on the southside and a sister restaurant to The Ranch House just across the street, Rustica is a new addition to Santa Fe’s food scene. They made their own pasta and even make gluten-free pasta. Everyone has been raving about their dining experience and boasting about the lovely patio.
Sassella—This high-end Italian restaurant on Johnson Street has an Italian heading the kitchen. Loyals have been bragging about the lobster risotto as the dish that keeps them returning.
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