A Guide to Beijing’s Top 5 Authentic Italian Restaurants

The rich culinary traditions of Italian cuisine are very well-documented and storied in the annals of human history – these accounts are what make it one of the world’s truly great and iconic cuisines of all time.

It’s this particular quality of Italian cuisine that has made it popular all over the world – its elegance in simplicity, paired with the concept of picking the highest quality and freshest ingredients as you possibly can, is what has captivated foodies all over the world.

Even the most remote locale will have an Italian or Italian-themed restaurant one way or another – and surprise, surprise, Beijing is no different. Yes, Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China – which isn’t a slouch either when it comes to cuisine – but, if you are a foreigner or a tourist, you may find yourself looking for something less exotic, something more familiar, the universal comfort food of everyone.

That is, the panini, the pizza, the pasta, and the risotto of Italian cuisine.

So next time you find yourself traveling to Beijing, and want a break from all of that delicious, but incomparable Chinese food, check out this guide to the 5 best Italian restaurants in the city – we promise we won’t let you down.

1. Fratelli Fresh

Every person in Beijing will need to start with Fratelli Fresh – everything here is guaranteed to be authentic, as it’s made by an Italian chef, while the service is top notch. The passion in the food and the service paired with the excellent prices makes it so.

Fratelli Fresh
Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
61 Dongsanhuan Middle Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing

2. Mercante

If rustic, homestyle, authentic, and home-cooked Italian cuisine is what you want in a quaint, charming and cozy space, then you’ll find Mercante to be your thing – Italian comfort food at its finest. You could just as very well be at the Sicilian coast, or a hole in the wall in Bologna, yet in a totally strange land.

Mercante
4 Fangzhuanchang Hutong (west of Nanluoguxiang)
Dongcheng District, Beijing
http://www.thegoodfoodgroup.asia/mercanteeng/
mercante@thegoodfoodgroup.asia
+86 10 8402 5098

3. The Tree

From the comfort of your home you may think that a panini press works best, but for the summit in paninis – this is the place to be.
Likewise, if pizza is what you want, then The Tree will be the Holy Grail in Beijing. Best pizza in Beijing, bar none. Order a couple of Belgian tall boys with that – their beer selection is also well-curated!

The Tree
43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, behind Poachers Inn)
Chaoyang District, Beijing
+86 10 6415 1954
http://www.treebeijing.com.cn/

4. Park17 Italian Restaurant

park17-italian-restaurantDon’t cringe at the term Italian fusion – this restaurant knows its Italian cuisine very extremely well, stemming from its association with acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Verichten, which leads to a delightful French touch on its Italian menu. Try the short rib.

Park17 Italian Restaurant
Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu
Chaoyang District, Beijing
+86 10 6586 1889

5. Brasserie 1893

If the ultimate de luxe fine authentic Italian-French dining experience is what you want, then you can’t go wrong with the Waldorf Astoria’s very own Brasserie 1893 – featuring its Cannes-born chef Benoit Chargy, who personally prepares and oversees the operations. It’s going to be pricey, but it’s going to be well worth it.

Brasserie 1893
1/F Waldorf Astoria, 5-15 Jinyu Hutong
Dongcheng District, Beijing
+86 10 8520 8989