Craving Italian food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top spots serving such fare around Irvine, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

Shoppers in the Irvine area historically spend more in March at restaurants than any other month of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that helps small businesses manage customer relationships. Estimated daily customers at Irvine-area restaurants grew to 56 per business in March of last year, 6% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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1. North Italia


Topping the list is a location of the North Italia chain. Located at 2957 Michelson Drive in the Business District, it's the most popular Italian restaurant in Irvine, boasting 4.5 stars out of 3,155 reviews on Yelp.

2. Cucina Enoteca


Next up is the Irvine Health and Science Complex's CUCINA enoteca Irvine, at 532 Spectrum Center Drive. With four stars out of 2,198 reviews on Yelp, the wine bar and Italian spot, serving pizza and more, has proved to be a local favorite.

3. Ray's Pizza


University Town Center's Ray's Pizza, at 4199 Campus Drive, is another top choice. Yelpers give the Italian spot, which offers pizza and salads, four stars out of 268 reviews.

4. Davio's


A location of the Davio's Italian spot and steakhouse in the Business District is another go-to, with four stars out of 185 Yelp reviews. Head over to 18420 Von Karman Ave. to see for yourself.

5. Aioli


Last but not least is another Business District favorite, Aioli, which has earned four stars out of 191 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Italian and New American eatery at 2540 Main St., Suite L.

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by Hoodline