Our Guide to Italian Restaurants in Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach is a beautiful destination on the East Coast of Florida. With its soft sand beaches, stunning sunrises, and ample things to do for the whole family, it’s one of the top vacation spots in the state. 

While you’re vacationing in Fernandina Beach, you’ll find some delicious restaurants to keep you satiated for your entire trip. If you’re craving Italian cuisine while staying at one of our Fernandina Beach vacation rentals, we know all the best places. 

Italian Restaurants on Amelia Island

There are many great Fernandina Beach restaurants to choose from, but when you can’t get pasta off your mind, these are the best Fernandina Beach Italian restaurants. 

Cucina South

One of the best restaurants in Fernandina Beach is Cucina South. They’re not only known for their authentic and delicious food but their wine selection and ambiance. It’s the perfect restaurant to visit for any reason during your vacation, but especially for celebrations. 

If you decide to dine here, make sure you bring your appetite. Cucina South has everything you could want in an Italian restaurant. From classic appetizers like bruschetta, seared scallops, and meatballs to incredible pasta dishes, you’ll want to try everything here. 

Pasta dish at Cucina South Italian Bistro

Some of the best pasta dishes you can feast on here are their spaghetti carbonara, clams and spaghetti, and piccata. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, you won’t leave here hungry. If you can manage, save room for dessert or bring it back to one of our rentals with you for later. 

Cucina South is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We suggest calling or making a reservation online to secure your table. 

Ciao Italian Eatery

Whether you’re traveling with a partner or the whole family, dining at one of Amelia Island’s most romantic restaurants should be on your list. Ciao Italian Eatery is an upscale Italian spot near Atlantic Avenue. Its central location, high-quality menu, and romantic atmosphere are just the tip of what makes this restaurant so special. 

As with other Italian restaurants, coming here with a strong appetite and eagerness to try several dishes is the way to go. You’ll see people enjoying a glass of Italian wine while they eat their popular antipasto plate and wait for entrees.

While their menu is filled with fantastic menu items, if it’s your first time here, you should look at their specialties. The rigatoni Ciao is one of the most popular items on the menu and for a good reason. Beyond pasta, they have plenty of seafood or meat dishes as well as pizza.

You can dine at Ciao Italian Eatery every day except Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 


Close up of Italian dish at Ciao Bistro

Inside the Omni Resort on Amelia Island is a fantastic Italian restaurant, Verandah. It’s more than just a hotel restaurant. It’s a beloved spot for tourists, and even locals like to eat here from time to time. 

Verandah has a light and welcoming atmosphere with a color palette that mimics the ocean and beach a few feet from the resort’s doors. You’ll find all your favorite Italian classics on their menu, as well as some more elevated dishes that are worth trying. While the menu is smaller than other restaurants, in this case, quality is better than quantity. 

You’ll start with your first course tasters. Some of the most popular here are their swordfish skewers and grilled octopus. From there, you’ll find fresh salads and excellent pasta dishes like their linguine. Each portion is the perfect size, allowing a four-course meal fit for royalty. Be sure to make a reservation if you want to secure your table. 

Verandah is open every day from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Arte Pizza

Who doesn’t enjoy a slice of pizza? If you want to enjoy a classic or specialty pie, Arte Pizza is one of the best pizza restaurants on Amelia Island. It’s in a great location, just a block from the famous Centre Street. 

All the ingredients Arte Pizza uses for their dishes are from the best sources and of the best quality. The menu is filled with 14 classic pizza recipes, or you can create your own to create a truly customized meal. 

If someone in your group wants pizza, but you want a different Italian dish, don’t worry. They have artisan pasta, strombolis, and salads. Their chicken parmesan is raved about. It’s a great restaurant to go to if you or anyone you’re traveling with has dietary restrictions because they can make most items gluten-free. 

Arte Pizza is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

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V Pizza

Just a short distance away from many of our Fernandina Beach condo rentals is V Pizza. This is the perfect Italian restaurant to visit when you want a casual meal that tastes like it came from a Michelin Star restaurant. 

It’s a fun spot for the whole family to enjoy a great meal. They regularly have events going on, like karaoke, cornhole games, and trivia. Even if you don’t want to participate in any of these events, it is a relaxed yet fun place to eat. 

The menu here will have your mouth watering in seconds. They usually have a pizza recipe that’s part of their weekly special, so be sure to ask about that whenever you go. The vast menu has everything from pizza to pasta dishes, sandwiches, chicken wings, and more. They also have a kid’s menu for the little ones. 

You can grab a meal at V Pizza every day between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 

Just a Short Drive Away

While there are plenty of excellent restaurants in Fernandina Beach, if you’re up for a short drive, there is one excellent Italian restaurant you should try. 

Olive Cove

Even though it’s a short drive from many of our Amelia Island rentals, Olive Cove is a must-try restaurant while you’re visiting. It’s not only a beautiful restaurant, but it’s quite affordable. The menu has everything you could want in an Italian restaurant. 

Patrons rave about their cheesy bread appetizer that you can dip in marinara sauce and all their traditional pasta dishes. Some of the most popular menu items here are their lobster ravioli, linguini marsala, and baked lasagna. 

They have a great kids menu, too, if you have little ones dining with you. If you enjoy a glass of wine or two with your meal, the staff can help you choose the right wine for the dish you’re ordering. 

Olive Cove is open from Tuesday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and closed on Monday. 

Where To Stay

Amelia Vacations provides a wide range of choices tailored to various preferences and needs for individuals planning a vacation on the captivating Amelia Island and in search of the perfect Amelia Island vacation rental.

Whether you’re organizing a family trip, seeking breathtaking Gulf vistas, or yearning for a romantic escape, Amelia Vacations ensures that every visit is characterized by elegance, coziness, and convenience.

Guests can enjoy a range of amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, private balconies or patios, pools, hot tubs, direct beach access, on-site parking, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Offering over 200 beachfront vacation rentals, including highly sought-after resorts, Amelia Vacations serves as the gateway to discovering your ideal home away from home on Amelia Island.

For those interested in a longer stay, flexible options are available for stays of 28 days or more, allowing guests to fully engage in the island’s delightful activities and experiences.

Plan your next retreat with Amelia Vacations for an unforgettable experience.