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America's 50 Best Italian Restaurants

The Daily Meal Logo By Dan Myers of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 51: <p>The Italian restaurant in America has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades. Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken Parmigiana that were more Italian-American than authentic Italian. Then something interesting happened: People got bored, and a new breed of Italian restaurant came onto the scene, able to rival even the highest-end French dining rooms. From a playful <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/boston-restaurant-guide">Boston</a></strong> landmark with seven varieties of homemade bread to a <strong><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/philadelphia-restaurant-guide">Philadelphia</a></strong> institution where the chef customizes a menu for each guest, we’ve rounded up the 50 best Italian restaurants in America.</p>

America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants

The Italian restaurant in America has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades. Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken Parmigiana that were more Italian-American than authentic Italian. Then something interesting happened: People got bored, and a new breed of Italian restaurant came onto the scene, able to rival even the highest-end French dining rooms. From a playful Boston landmark with seven varieties of homemade bread to a Philadelphia institution where the chef customizes a menu for each guest, we’ve rounded up the 50 best Italian restaurants in America.

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