Craving Italian food?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best such restaurants around Irvine, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the top spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Ray's Pizza
Topping the list is Ray's Pizza. Located at 4199 Campus Drive in University Town Center, the Italian spot, which offers pizza, pasta and salads, is the highest-rated low-priced Italian restaurant in Irvine, boasting four stars out of 264 reviews on Yelp. In addition to its New York-style pies, the eatery offers such dishes as rigatoni, eggplant parmesan and spaghetti.
Next up is the Business District's Aioli, at 2540 Main St., Suite L. With four stars out of 187 reviews on Yelp, the New American and Italian spot, offering pasta, burgers and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option. The eatery offers Chicago specialties like the Italian beef, which is served on French bread and topped with sweet bell peppers or hot giardiniera.
West Park's Piadina, at 3850 Barranca Parkway, Suite C, is another top choice. Yelpers give the inexpensive Italian spot, which specializes flatbread sandwiches, four stars out of 114 reviews. The menu also features a variety of salads, including the Rustica with grape tomatoes, mushroom, feta cheese, Italian cooked ham and balsamic vinaigrette.