Best Italian Food Battle: Mississauga vs. Hamilton


There is no battle more serious and important than the battle between two cities vying to be recognized as the best place to go for exceptional Italian cuisine.

We at and have searched far and wide for the best Italian food in both cities and our Top 5 picks are about to battle it out for the title of best Italian—and you can vote on your favourite in the poll below. 

When it come to great Italian food, every ingredient counts. Is the pizza dough soft and crunchy in all the right places? Is the pasta savoury and cooked to perfection? Are the salads tasty and creative? Is the cheese selection on point? 

Both Mississauga and Hamilton are known for their respective food scenes and both offer a ton of commendable Italian joints—but only one city can have the absolute best Italian places.

So, here’s a look at each city’s best spots on our signature Top 5 lists on and 

Which one would you prefer to chow down on tonight?


Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Mississauga

When you’re hungry, nothing beats a heaping serving of linguine or a perfect pizza. Mississauga has some choice hotspots for Italian food, including the Port Credit gem Aielli Ristorante, the popular Streetsville hotspot Goodfellas, the ever-popular (and hard to get a table at) Papa Giuseppe’s, the Clarkson area Casalinga and our number one pick, the eternally popular Michael’s Back Door. While Michael’s Back Door is our proud number one pick, all of the places will leave you more than satisfied when you’re in the mood for a truly tasty dinner.



Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Hamilton

Steeltown has a growing food scene and it’s no slouch when it comes to providing diners with incredible Italian fare. Some places more than worth checking out include the comfort food-focused (but still upscale) Valentino’s Restaurant, the casual gem known for its bottomless bread baskets that is The Express Italian Eatery, the elegant and ambience-filled La Piazza Allegra, the upscale and Carmen’s C Hotel-located Baci Ristorante, and our number one pick, the sleek, cool and trendy Caro Restaurant and Bar. While Caro is our favourite, we know Hamilton is full of delicious Italian hotspots. 

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