Readers Choice for Best Italian Restaurant in Novato

Voting ends at 9 am Friday - but there's more to choosing the Best than just clicking a poll!


We're not kidding: this (non-scientific) poll is NOT the sole consideration of the "Best Of Novato." If you want your favorite restaurant to win, please either leave a comment below, go to their entry on Patch Places (see the list below), give it a rating, leave a review... it all adds up!

This week we launch a new regular feature on Patch, a “Best of” series. Every week we’ll ask you the readers to cast your vote for your favorite place, business, school, activity, the subject of the week – and it will be local, right here in Novato.

We start it off with one of our favorite topics: Italian restaurants. No, we’re not talking pizza parlors or delis – though we may circle back to those later – but the kind of restaurants where you can enjoy the kind of authentic Italian cooking both your parents and your children can enjoy, or maybe even where you can have a romantic dinner for two.

Make your choice in our Poll. If you don’t see your favorite Italian restaurant, maybe it’s in a neighboring city, or , Larkspur or . (If it is, vote for it on that Patch!) If it’s not here, leave a comment - not just a smiley face, please - and tell us what we’ve missed.

Here's the list to remind you; visit their sites and leave a review if you've been there.

You can find each these restaurants in the Patch directory – click on the Places tab on the top of every page, and then Food & Dining, then Restaurants. Once you find your favorite restaurant, you can leave a review, post a picture or even add a video. (See this article on how to use your iPhone to do just that.)

Voting ends at 9 a.m. on Friday; we’ll announce the winner later that day, based on poll results, comments on this page and on ratings and reviews on Patch Places. Hint: The ratings and reviews count extra.

So vote here and leave a comment about your choice for Novato’s Best Italian Restaurant.

Novato Mom 2 February 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
lola February 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
What about La Toscana!!!!
Alicia Hovey February 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Tavola in Ignacio. Locally sourced, unique Italian wines & fabulous service.
Christian Kallen February 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Like La Toscana? Vote for it on San Rafael Patch! http://sanrafael.patch.com/articles/best-of-patch-san-rafael-s-italian-restaurants
Norma Dawson February 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Ghiringhelli Pizzeria. The best linguini and clams ever!! And great pizza.
Christian Kallen February 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
We reluctantly chose to exclude pizzerias from the "best italian" poll. It would have doubled the number of places! Look for a Best of Patch Pizza Poll coming up soon.
Carole Bennett February 28, 2012 at 05:49 PM
A bunch of us just had dinner at the brand new Muscio's Restaurant located where the old Cacti Restaurant used to be. We were extremely pleased with the presentation, the food, the prices, and the interior. I know this will become a favorite of ours. I am not sure if they have made a formal big opening, but they are serving dinners and plan to serve luncheons in the near future.
Jeffrey Vaillant February 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I agree about Ghiringhelli and it is MORE than a pizzeria....recommend Novato Patch staff visit:):)
Christian Kallen February 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Think of yourselves as "Novato Patch staff." We're always looking for bloggers, and anyone can add a review, pictures or even video to listings for restaurants (or other businesses) you like!
kate chassman February 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Grazie! :)
Nori Everso February 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Muscio's was great! Food super, owners friendly, waiter, Ian, terrific!! Wonderful addition to Novato!
Tom Walsh February 29, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Check this out... http://novato.patch.com/articles/muscio-s-opens-welcoming-doors
AshBash March 02, 2012 at 04:08 AM
R.C. March 02, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Kolleen Pahland March 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Tavalo @ Hamilton
Craig Belfor March 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Chianti Cucina. Great food, great waiter, the Argentine porteno, who likes to stop by often to top off your wine. They made me a great crab louis at the start of crab season, and also did a great crab choppino to settle my crab fetish (for a while). Their wine list is good, and they're not bashful about portions.
Leslie Fellows April 06, 2012 at 09:56 AM
Tavola is new, but it's definitely the best in Novato, if not Marin.
David Randolph April 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Are you on their payroll?


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