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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

If you want a taste of the Old Country — fine cheese, olive oil and spirits from a well-stocked wine cellar — you can find it right at home. And you don’t even have to be Italian.

The Northwest offers a wide selection of Italian restaurants, which feature stone ovens, Mediterranean arches and, in at least one case, antique pots that have been in the owners’ family for generations.

Whether you favor Northern Italian cuisine with cream, Mascarpone cheese and fresh egg pasta or Southern fare with buffalo cheese, dried pasta and ample tomatoes, it’s available north of River Road.

BAZIL’S

4777 E. Sunrise Drive

Phone: 577-3322

Cuisine: Italian

Open daily 5-10 p.m.

LAROCCA’S CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE

5689 N. Swan Road

Phone: 299-4301

Cuisine: Italian

Open daily 5:30-10 p.m.

MICHELANGELO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

420 W. Magee Road

Phone: 297-5775

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

ROMA CAFFE

4140 W. Ina Road

Phone: 744-2929

Cuisine: Italian

Open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 4-9 p.m.

TAVOLINO

7090 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 531-1913

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday 5:30-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

TRATTORIA DELLA FAMIGLIA

6060 N. Oracle Road

Phone: (866) 906-9447

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.

TRATTORIA PINA

5541 N. Swan Road

Phone: 577-6992

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 4:30-10 p.m.

VITELLO’S

15930 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 825-0140

Cuisine: Italian

Open Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday 5-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

ZONA 78

78 W. River Road

Phone: 888-7878

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m.

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