501 S. Pine St.
Second Place: Maggiano's Little Italy
Third Place: La Grotta
Attracting the hoi polloi to Oregon Hill since before gentrification began, Mamma 'Zu can be considered the mother seed of Richmond's dining scene. It garners attention for its creative chalkboard specials, delectable tastes and reliably garlic-heavy Italian standards, not to mention its neighborhood personality. It's still the place to take those pining for well-made Italian food. Maggiano's is known for its mammoth portions. And Shockoe Slip's La Grotta, looking exactly like it did when it opened in 1994, provides a classic, old-school Italian dining experience, the kind your parents might remember from their youth.