Craving Italian food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top spots serving such fare around Long Beach, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your appetite.

Winter is the top season of the year for consumer spending at restaurants across the Long Beach area, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that helps small business owners build an email marketing strategy. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Long Beach-area restaurants grew to $31 for the metro area in the winter of last year, 3% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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1. Ellie's

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First on the list is Ellie's. Located at 204 Orange Ave., it's the highest-rated Italian restaurant in Long Beach, boasting 4.5 stars out of 630 reviews on Yelp.

2. Cafe Gazelle

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Next up is Long Beach's Cafe Gazelle, at 191 La Verne Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 413 reviews on Yelp, the Italian spot has proved to be a local favorite.

3. Santa Fe Importers

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Santa Fe Importers, at 1401 Santa Fe Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the deli and Italian spot 4.5 stars out of 300 reviews.

4. Domenico's Belmont Shore

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Last but not least isĀ Domenico's Belmont Shore, a bar and Italian spot that offers pizza and more. It's another go-to, with four stars out of 834 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5339 E. Second St. to see for yourself.

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