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Last week we reached out to Facebook to find the top Italian restaurants here in the Kalamazoo area. To be honest I was not surprised by the results, but now I am craving meatballs!

Here are the Results...

1. Mangia Magia

Located at 209 South on the Kalamazoo Mall and nominated by Blodgett Schwili Angela via Facebook. According to mangiamangia-kazoo.com

Our menu is heavily influenced by recipes Nonna Rosa first learned from her family, who came out of the Naples and Calabrian regions of southern Italy, and served in our original family restaurant, La Cantina in Paw Paw. Dishes from these regions tend toward bold flavors, red sauces, fresh herbs and vegetables, and plenty of meat. Yet since Naples are Calabria are on the Mediterranean coast, fish dishes were also readily represented on the region’s menus, as they are on ours.

Kelly C. noted on Yelp.com that...

This place was really cute and the food was good.  Services was excellent.

2. Erbelli's

Nominated by Tonya Kraiger because their lasagna is "The Best", plus they have won numerous awards for their pizza! Erbelli's describe themselves on their web-site Erbellis.com...

With two locations to serve Portage and Kalamazoo Michigan, Erbelli's dishes up the multiple award winning pizza and Italian food. Our unique gourmet pizza has drawn raves and awards ever since we opened in 1995 in South Portage. When we opened our second location in northwest Kalamazoo on Stadium Drive, our food and bistro atmosphere won over even more fans. Come, taste the delicious difference at Erbelli's.

Michael S. made his feelings clear on yelp.com...

This place has always been a favorite of mine to go to. They have the best sauce, in my opinion and it goes SO WELL with their Erbie Bread. It's a must try if you're in the area!

3. LaCantina

It was Phillip Latterner that  boasted about this incredible restaurant that tucked away in Paw Paw! The restaurants web-site lacantinapawpaw.com writes...

 With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation.

Pam W. had nothing but nice things to say on her yelp.com review of the restaurant...

One of my favorite places to eat.  No matter what I order, I'm always pleased.

4. Comensoli's

This gem was nominated by Steve Pankey, and I don't think he is wrong! Comensoli's web-site comensolis.com explains...

Featuring our Fresh Pasta Dishes, Homemade Sausage and Meatballs, Thin-crust Pizza from scratch and many other delicious family recipes able to cure your craving for old-style Italian food.

DJ left a glowing review on yelp.com...

We had a lovely dinner on a busy Saturday; the owner/host was gracious and accommodating despite our lack of a reservation. The server was wonderful: patient and helpful with my dining companions' questions about unfamiliar menu components.

5. Olive Garden

It was Lacey Mcelfresh that reached out and stated her love for this restaurant. At Olivegarden.com they have a lovely way to explain their restaurants...

Family is Olive Garden. It’s family that supports us and grounds us in what truly matters. That’s why at Olive Garden, we’re all family here.

Nena M. could not contain her love for this place when she reported to yelp.com...

I have been coming to Olive Garden for YEARS! You will never be disappointed! Ever! From the soup salad and breadsticks, to the fettuccine Alfredo, to the AMAZING cheesecake!

So there are the top best Italian restaurants right here in Kalamazoo. I am dying to hear your opinions and of course your favorites!

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