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No matter what they say, no one can take our carbs away from us! Few cuisines understand our need for comfort food better than noodle-laden, bread-worshipping Italian. Thankfully, there are a variety of amazing Italian restaurants in Jacksonville where you can enjoy all the carbs you want (plus a few extra). Here are some of our favorites.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s prides itself on making everything from scratch – “just like Nonna would.” Here, you’ll find all the classics, from Fettuccine Alfredo to Eggplant Parmesan. Try their Shrimp Fra Diavolo with garlic, tomatoes, and linguine, and make sure someone at the table orders their Lobster Carbonara. It doesn’t get any more indulgent than that! Unless you add dessert, of course. You may be tempted by their Apple Crostada, featuring sweet, caramel-glazed apples in a delectable pastry shell.

Milano’s Italian Restaurant

New York-style, with both Sicilian and contemporary influences, Milano’s Italian Restaurant prides itself on providing not only an authentic and delicious Italian meal, but also a warm, friendly environment. Their pizza is the ultimate comfort food, with savory options like the BLT and Chicken Pesto. Their calzones, ranging from Veggie to Meat Lovers, are a carb enthusiast’s dream come true, with a delectable, golden-fried crust. If that’s not enough, you can sink your teeth into the hearty Baked Ziti or Meat Lasagna.

Tony D’s Pizza & Restaurant

Tony D’s reflects all the best elements of New York-style Italian cuisine. Order up their Eggplant Parm pizza or the Tortellini Ala Panna with chicken, ham, and basil in a yummy cream sauce. If you’re looking for a filling lunch, try their extensive menu of sub sandwiches and wraps. The Sausage, Peppers, and Onions sandwich is a standout. And for an extra carb-y dessert, how about a delicious cannoli?

Prati Italia

Prati Italia is dedicated to traditional Roman cuisine, but with attention to sustainable business practices that root them in northeastern Florida. They source their ingredients locally and remain deeply invested in the Jacksonville community. You can feel extra good about getting your carb fix here. For a restaurant favorite, dig into the 13-Layer Crispy Lasagna, or follow your heart with the Build Your Own Pasta option. And if you’re feeling a little guilty about all the carbs, the Flourless Chocolate Cake will fix that in no time.

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