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Italian Fare in Colombo

2021 Jan 19

Italian cuisine is close to the heart for most of us and typical Italian dishes are commonplace in almost all restaurants, from lasagnas to pizzas and pasta. The variety offered in such restaurants is quite limited to the more popular options so finding a restaurant or cafe that serves only Italian is sometimes hard to find. We’ve put together a list of restaurants and cafes that are purely Italian, just for fellow Italophile!



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Definitely, a go-to spot for most when it comes to authentic Italian pizza, and rightly so. Although providing only their signature pizzas on the menu, they’ve added pasta and gnocchi options as well, which hold their own. Initially situated in one cramped up building, they’ve slowly expanded over time and have now added a backyard seating space which is almost a replica of a homey Italian trattoria. 

They are also famous for their BYOB option rendering it a great date-night spot with an intimate ambience.

Address: 145 Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 00500

Contact: 077 033 5366

Open Hours: 6 pm – 11 pm

Popular Picks: Pollo Cacciatore, Salvage, 


Delivery: No



Rocco’s is a cozy little pizzeria tucked down Nawala Road. They serve authentic wood-fired pizzas and have been operating for some time. The cute little interior of the cafe sings dark yellow and red tones. They’ve got wooden bar-stools and red brick walls to amplify the Italian hole-in-the-wall pizzeria aesthetic they’ve got going on. They’ve got a variety of pizza toppings. From all kinds of meat to cheese and even out-of-the-box toppings like duck in hoisin sauce.

Address: 615 A, Nawala Road, Rajagiriya and 29 A, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.

Contact: 072 201 2121

Open Hours: 11 am to 10 pm Monday – Thursday; 11 am to 11 pm Friday – Sunday.

Popular Picks: Ricotta e Spinaci Ravioli, Carbonara, Pollo Parmigiana


Delivery: Uber Eats

Arthur’s Pizzeria

Arthur’s Pizza Express (Havelock Town)

Arthur’s Pizzeria has been around for a while now and is a favourite abode amongst many because of the great vibes and good food that seems to follow it. With its main branch in Mount Lavinia, Arthur’s also has a Pizza Express branch in Havelock. The Mount branch is conveniently located next to Lion Pub and serves up a few great cocktails and of course, the main event is the pizza and Arthur’s is known for their Nai Miris Pizza which is a test of bravery.

Address: 220 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

Contact: 0112 713 745 

Open Hours: 11 am to 12 am

Popular Picks:  Chicken Nai Miris, Cheese Hatharak


Delivery: PickMe Foods

Harpo’s Pizza

Harpo’s Pizza and Pasta has been around since 2005, selling their pizzas initially at the Bayleaf restaurant. The brand started out as Colombo’s first homegrown authentic thin-crust wood-fired pizza maker. They’ve grown quite well over the years, and now have a menu consisting of numerous pizza toppings, pasta, juices and much more.

They are well known for their ‘Gigantic 19”’ pizza and the ‘Square 22”’ pizza, which are everyone’s absolute favourite.

Address: 79 R G Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7

Contact: 0114 869 000

Open Hours: 11 am to 10 pm

Popular Picks: Pizza Marco Polo, Pizza Margarita


Delivery: In-house and Uber Eats

The Bayleaf



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The Bayleaf is one of the more high-end Italian restaurants in Colombo and is one of many restaurants belonging to Harpo’s. Located in an old colonial house down Gregory’s Road, the restaurant is ideal for an intimate gathering or a group hangout. There is also a unique Retro Barn that is a cross between the typical bar and a lounge which makes great cocktails.

Address: 79, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07

Contact: 0112 695 920

Open Hours: 11 am to 11 pm

Popular Picks: Ravioli di Anatra, Fettucine con Florentine e Pollo


Delivery: Uber Eats

Park Street Trattoria


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Park Street Trattoria is one of the many restaurants scattered within the peppy Park Street Mews. 

Address: 48 Park St, Colombo 02

Contact: 0112 327 111

Open Hours: Monday, Tuesday – 11.30 am – 10.30 pm. Wednesday, Thursday- 11.30 am – 11 pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 11.30 am- 12 am

Popular Picks: Polpette, Gnocchi al Gorgonzola


Delivery: No

Echo at Cinnamon Grand

Echo- Reviewed

One of Colombo’s oldest and sleekest dining places around and they sure know how to maintain their standards, whether it be back then or now. A great experience overall and good food – a tad bit above your average price of meals- but given the place, setting and ambiance the meals truly reflect what graceful Italian dining is all about.

Echo is one of the higher-end restaurants at Cinnamon Grand Colombo – and has established themselves to cater to that specific target audience – and is located right below the Angsana Club.

Address:77 A2, Colombo 00300 

Contact: 0112 497 361

Open Hours: 7 pm to 11 pm

Popular Picks: Risotto al Funghi Misti, Tagliata di Manzo


Delivery: No

Caffe Michaelangelo

Caffe Michaelangelo

With two branches, one located down Inner Flower Road and one in Rajagiriya, you can contact them for delivery as well. We recommend their Hot Butter Cuttlefish Pizza where Italian meets Lankan to deliver an explosion of flavours that will leave you satisfied

If you are on the lookout for some good Italian food, great service and a little something different, Caffe Michaelangelo is definitely a place to pop by to give your taste buds an unexpected thrill! The branch located in Colombo is a small, quaint one but does have a very cosy and homey vibe going on.

Address: 530 Nawala Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 10100

Contact: 0117 612 612

Open Hours: 5 pm to 10.30 pm

Popular Picks: Sri Lankan Spicy Chicken Pizza, Margherita Pizza


Delivery: In-house and Uber Eats

Pranzo at Waters Edge

Pranzo at Waters Edge – Dinner Buffet

Pranzo at Waters Edge was always known for their reliable Italian cuisine but apart from their a la carte menu, the well-known restaurant now does a delicious dinner buffet as well

Address: 316, Polduwa Rd, Ethul Kotte Road, Battaramulla

Contact: 0112 863 863

Open Hours: 9 am to 12 pm

Popular Picks: Prawn Ravioli, Gnocchi 


Delivery: No

Dolce Italia

Dolce Italia

This eatery is quite spacious and is located down Skelton Road. If you are ever in the area be sure to drop by and have their Dolce Italia Pizza which is an absolute must-try! Also, they offer Ice Tea at unbeatable prices.

Address:5 Skelton Rd, Colombo 50000 

Contact: 0112 559 900

Open Hours: 7 am to 10 pm

Popular Picks: Ravioli Ricotta and Pumpkin, Cannolo


Delivery: Uber Eats, PickMe Foods

Fire and Ice Pizzeria

Fire and Ice Pizzeria

Initially established in Kathmandu in 1995 and then in Kolkata by Italian Annamaria Forgione, the next step was to open its doors in Colombo in order to continue serving home-cooked Italian cuisine. Now on the brink of celebrating a year of serving up delicious Italian fare in Colombo, the cozy restaurant hidden down Glen Aber Place in Colombo 04 can hold its own against the older veteran restaurants in Colombo. Mouthwatering food, a relaxing ambiance, friendly and fast service make it a place worth returning to. 

Address: 9A Glen Aber Pl, Colombo 00400

Contact: 077 114 6748

Open Hours: 12 pm to 10.30 pm

Popular Picks: Rompipalle, Quattro Formaggi


Delivery: Uber Eats, PickMe Foods

Il Cielo

Il Cielo

While this restaurant located in Colombo 2 dishes up a variety of Italian delicacies, they also have a selection of pizzas, out of which we recommend the Speciale Pizza. They do some great cocktails as well and the ambiance here is ideal for a date or intimate gathering.

Address:5th floor, The Goldblock, 101/11 Hunupitiya Lake Rd

Contact: 0114 366 355

Open Hours: 5pm to 1 am

Popular Picks: Speciale Pizza


Delivery: No

Belmio Pizza

Situated in Kotte, Belmio Pizza has a customization option allowing you to build your own pizza with a variety of ingredients to choose from. They deliver and also do great thin-crust pizzas and even dessert pizzas!

Address: 544, Pitakotte – Talawatugoda Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 

Contact: 077 012 3166

Open Hours: 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Popular Picks: Capricciosa, Quattro Formaggi


Delivery: In-house, Uber Eats


PastaMania Sri Lanka

Pastamania serving up authentic Italian dishes fit for everyone. Walking into Pastamania, you are greeted with their classic logo and an array of delicious gelato. The interior décor fits the theme and the employees are very energetic, bringing out the real essence of Italia!


502 R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 00300,

No 6, Level 5, One Galle Face Malle, Colombo

Contact: 0112 553 618

Open Hours: 11 am to 11 pm

Popular Picks: Chilli Crab Pasta, Carbonara, Beefy Cheesy Pizza


Delivery: Uber Eats, PickMe Foods

Caterina Pizza

Address: No. 11 Rheinland Pl, Colombo 00003

Contact: 077 339 9942

Open Hours: 12 pm – 3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm

Popular Picks: Gorgonzola Pizza, Manzo Smoked Pizza


Delivery: Uber Eats, PickMe Foods

Mama Louie’s

Mama Louie’s

Nestled cozily within the Sooriya Village premises, Mama Louie’s is definitely a noteworthy go-to pizza spot to satisfy your cravings to your heart’s content!

Address: 49, Skelton Rd, Colombo 00500

Contact: 0113 628 628

Open Hours: 3 pm to 11 pm weekdays; 12 pm to 11 pm weekends

Popular Picks: Cinque Formaggi, Diavolo


Delivery: Uber Eats

The Pizza Bakery (One Galle Face)

The Pizza Bakery is from India, and specialised in crafting up Neapolitan style pizza with homemade sourdough bread. 

Address: Sunset Terrace, 1A, 02 Centre Rd, Colombo

Contact: 070 335 9900

Open hours: 12 pm – 10:30 pm

Popular picks: Garlic Bread, Margherita-Four Cheese Rocket combo and Nutella and Mascarpone Sourdough.

3Brothers Italian Bistro

3Brothers Italian Bistro

Superb pizzas that lean towards the Neapolitan style The pizzas are made right in front of your eyes using this woodfired, clay oven.

Address: 180, Park Road, Colombo 05

Contact: 0112 505 818

Open hours: 6 pm – 11 pm

Popular Picks Four Cheese and Margherita, Spicy Italian Chorizo, Homemade Gnocchi

Arcadia Cafe & Restaurant

A multi-cuisine fine-dining experience that serves up some decent Italian fare as well.

Address: No. 9/7, 16th Lane, Colombo 03

Contact: 0112 576 797

Open hours– 7 am – 11 pm

Popular picks – Spaghetti Carbonara, Pasta Salsa, Pasta Primavera

Bellissimo Cafe


A tiny little cafe serving up delicious Italian delights!

Address: No 15, Fife Road, Colombo 05

Contact: 0114 848 084

Open hours: 7 am – 11 pm

Popular Picks – Penne Pasta with Basil Pesto

Grand Slam By Mitsi

A cosy restaurant and bar located next to the Sri Lanka Tennis Association, serving up authentic Italian pizza from an original wood-fired oven.

Address: Sir Marcus Fernando Road, Colombo 07

Contact: 077 716 3090

Open hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Popular Picks – Beef Pepperoni, Penne Carbonara

Le Papillon

Lé Papillon

With its elegant ambience, this boutique hotel serves as a great destination for a date night with Italian cuisine!

Address: No. 21A, Sir Ernest De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Contact: 077 202 0212

Open hours: 7.30 am – 11 pm

Popular Picks Mushroom and Herb Quiche