The winner for the Best Italian Restaurant, Take-out, and Pizza of 2021 goes to Bona Italian!

As with Asian fare, there is no shortage of restaurants featuring Italian cuisine from simple sandwich shops to fine dining. Located right in the middle cost-wise is the local landmark, Bona Italian. Since it was taken over by Mark Byrd and Glen Weinzimer in 2016, it has quickly found a spot in our hearts and home on the Drive. As devoted to the community as it is to them, Glen and Mark host many events that give back to the community including Give-Back Mondays where 10% of each check is donated to a different not-for-profit each week. Although it’s been open since the 1970s, it now has a new focus and drive. Bona, a triple threat, also managed to score for Best Take Out Food and Best Pizza.

“We are so excited and truly grateful to the community that  chose us as the best of for 2021 in three categories. The pandemic and the past two years of challenges in the restaurant industry have made it difficult for most restaurants to survive,” Weinzimer said. “We know we are still on the drive with our doors open because this community went out of its way to support us with deliveries, pick-ups and dining outside even in the summer! That’s love and this is the topping on the cake. We all have an obligation to support the services and organizations in our community. If we work together we can all stand strong.”


2468 N. Wilton Dr.

Runner-up Best Italian: IL Mulino

Runner-up Best Take-Out: Tee Jay

Runner-up Best Pizza: Dolce

Check out the rest of the winners at SFGN's Best of 2021 Winners.