Best Italian restaurant


First Posted: 7/16/2014

1. Casa Lu Al

Location: 2323 N. West St., Lima

Phone: 419-229-0774

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Highlights: Casa Lu Al is known for its pasta and Italian dishes, with the Venturella family bringing their traditions to the table. Not striving toward gourmet attitudes, Casa Lu Al instead focuses on the basics that are so loved: oven-baked pasta, veal parmesan, lasagna. If you’re hungry for red-sauce Italian, look no further.

2. Olive Garden, Lima

Location: 1936 Roschman Ave., Lima

Phone: 419-222-7724

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlights: It seems like this restaurant is always running a special promotion, whether it’s summer seasonal entrees or dinner for two. If you’d rather not eat heartily, don’t forget the restaurant offers a soup and salad meal for $6.99. Reservations are only accepted Monday through Thursday.

3. Fazoli’s

Location: 2150 Elida Road, Lima

Phone: 419-222-4076

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlights: When your meal has be quick but a hamburger just doesn’t fit the bill, Fazoli’s comes to the rescue. The Lima location has been in business 16 years. Kids eat for 99 cents from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; weekday lunch specials are $5, including a drink; and senior meals are $4 all day Wednesday.

Honorable Mentions: Viva Maria, Rigali’s