There are few things more sumptuous yet accessible than good Italian food. No matter what culture you grew up in, Italian dining brings to mind homemade family meals cooked by loving grandmothers and candlelit, romantic dinners for two. In Merrimack Valley, you’re not limited to just the chain restaurants. You’ll find Italian dining favorites that will have you asking for seconds and thirds.
Angelina’s Italian Restaurant
Italian dining is all about making you feel like you’re part of the family, and Angelina’s Italian Restaurant in Tewksbury, MA does just that. Named in honor of owner Susan Amato’s grandmother, you’ll feel like you’re at the family dinner table.
Be sure to come hungry, as they not only serve Italian staples such as chicken parmigiana, homemade ravioli’s, and hand tossed Italian gourmet pizza, but also fresh fish dishes daily. Be sure to pair it with one of the exceptional wines they have to offer to bring out the best in your dining experience.
This restaurant has won the hearts of the public and several awards and accolades. Angelina’s was the winner of the 2014 & 2015 Merrimack Valley Magazine reader’s choice awards, and best overall restaurant in Tewksbury 2015 “Taste of the Town.” It was also featured on the Phantom Gourmet in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
The Chateau Restaurant – Andover
The Chateau Restaurant in Andover, MA follows the tradition of family dining, friendly service, and quality food that the Nocera Family started in 1933. It’s a fantastic place for bringing the whole family together due to the crowd-pleasing Italian/American menu and casual atmosphere.
Naturally, the food is exquisite and covers Italian dishes you know and love. Toasted ravioli, chicken parmigiana, gnocchi pomodoro, and more can be found on the menu alongside burgers and salads. Be sure to save room for dessert, like the stuffed-to-order cannolis or the limoncello cake. By the time you’ve cleaned your plate, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family.
Chopps Italian Steakhouse & Bar
If you’re looking for a restaurant for date night, Chopps Italian Steakhouse & Bar in Burlington, MA is modern and inviting. It’s a contemporary take on the quintessential Italian dining experience. Come enjoy authentic family-style Italian fare in a warm and comfortable setting. With high-quality but affordable food, an unpretentious atmosphere, and a bustling bar scene with live music in the background, it’s a great way to impress your date.
Chopps offers a more accessible alternative to upscale steakhouses without sacrificing the quality of the food. Order succulent cuts of all-natural beef and Italian classics like bruschetta, antipasto, and pappardelle bolognese made with fresh, local ingredients. Be sure to pair your meal with artfully crafted cocktails or a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.
There’s no shortage of Italian dining favorites in Merrimack Valley, so come hungry when you plan your visit. You’ll find some amazing Italian cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere that will give you that authentic experience you’ll fall in love with.