By: Sally Baker

Italian restaurants in Tampa Bay are in constant competition with each other when it comes to the best of the best, but the ones who stand out above the rest are usually those who pay less attention to the competition, and more attention to the true nature and values of the Italian lifestyle encompassing enjoyment and celebration of life.  The top 5 Italian restaurants in the Westshore District of Tampa have been chosen for this reason and, of course, their impeccable cuisine, wine selections, atmosphere and service.

Armani's - Boasting the flavors and romantic atmosphere of Northern Italy, Armani's brings an elegant comfort to all who dine here. Located on the 14th floor of its building, guests can enjoy incredible views of Old Tampa Bay. In addition to the incredible Italian cuisine, Armani's offers a live pianist from Thursday through Saturday as well as cigars, wine cellar and a breathtaking patio.

BRIO Tuscan Grille - Escape to Tuscany with the menu and atmosphere that BRIO Tuscan Grille has created for their guests. BRIO follows the motto of "La Dolce Vita" meaning The Good Life and strives to bring that motto to each and every one of their guests from the food and drink menu to the service and atmosphere.  Enjoy life at BRIO Tuscan Grille in the Westshore District.

CDB's Southside - This Tampa staple has been serving some of the finest Italian cuisine in the city for nearly 4 decades, that's 40 years! Their motto is that Italian food is the celebration of life, which they want to share to all their guests.  Everyone should experience the amazing Italian cuisine at CDB's Southside.  CDB's also has the availability to reserve private dining rooms for exquisite Italian cuisine for your private party.

Donatello - Established in 1984, this Italian restaurant in Tampa also offers a pianist as well as jazz music each night. Their Italian cuisine is hard to beat and the authentic flavors easily make them one of the top 5 Italian restaurants in the Westshore District.

Pelagia Trattoria - Last, but certainly not least in the best Italian restaurants in the Westhore District, comes Pelagia Trattoria located in the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, a 4 Diamond rated hotel.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this amazing restaurant adds even more class and fine Italian dining to this popular hotel.  Whether one is staying in this hotel or not, everyone is recommended to experience Pelagia Trattoria.