Original article from Kent Live
In the world of takeout food, a seriously underrated contender is Italian food.
Dominos, Papa John's and Pizza Hut have brought a more English or Americanised version of Italian cuisine to the masses – but if you go for something a little more authentic, there's nothing that comes close.
It's not just pizza either – calzone, pasta, bruschetta, tiramisu – all some absolutely top-class options that often get forgotten in the usual binary choice between an Indian or a Chinese.
It might be tempting fate – as this is being written on the day of England v Italy in the Euros final – but very little beats an Italian.
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Other than Gareth Southgate's boys, obviously.
Kent has a really impressive range of Italian takeaway joints, many of which also offer in-restaurant dining – so we've compiled a list of Kent's very best, according to TripAdvisor.
1. Il Tricolore
Oddly, the top result on TripAdvisor for Kent is actually in Essex – so sorry to Padrino, but the top-rated Italian in Kent is Ramsgate's Il Tricolore.
Where: 13 Harbour Street, Ramsgate CT11 8HA England
What the reviews say: "Perfect meal and perfect service – would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing to eat authentic Italian cuisine."
Another foodie said: "It is so good to be able to enjoy such excellent service, and such exceptional cuisine, at home."
2. Napoli E
Where: 18A Market Square, Westerham TN16 1AR England
What the reviews say: "The food is second to none, the staff make you feel so welcome and are very attentive – couldn’t ask for more."
Another said: "We have been dining at the the Napoli restaurant for over 20 years and it is still a firm favourite.
"The food is wonderful, service friendly and family friendly too – Cannot rate highly enough."
3. Olivo Margate
Where: 20 Market Place, Margate CT9 1ES England
What Kent's foodies had to say: "I’ve never had a bad meal at Olivo’s, the food is always on point.
"Love the chef too, he often comes out and asks if you like it. "
Another said: "A little slice of Tuscany in Margate.
"Unbelievably delicious food and great atmosphere – highly recommended."
4. R&M Italiano
Where: 158 Parrock Street, Gravesend DA12 1ER England
What the reviews say: "The food was ready on time and was all nice and hot.
"We ordered a combination of Italian, Lithuanian and kids meals to suit the whole family.
"The same good quality food that we usually enjoy in the restaurant, and good efficient service to go with it.
"I would not hesitate to use the R&M takeaway service again."
5. Nonna Cappuccini's
Where: 10 Blacks Yard, Sevenoaks TN13 1DS England
What the reviews say: "I just loved this place and the family that run it are so friendly and can't for enough for you.
"I admit it is not cheap but the food is if the highest quality and absolutely delicious."
Another reads: "We travel all the way from Essex to eat there.
Lovely place, breakfast is amazing & ALL the staff are so friendly – really worth our journey."
6. Il Padrino
Where: 23 Stone Street, Gravesend DA11 0NP England
What their customers had to say: "Service was impeccable, food was delicious and they really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home.
"The live music outside was absolutely brilliant! I couldn’t think of anywhere better in Gravesend to spend an evening.
"We will definitely be going back!"
7. Il Vesuvio
Where: 112 Camden Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2QX England
What the reviews say: "We were due to travel to Italy on an already re-scheduled trip which was AGAIN cancelled.
"To cheer ourselves up we booked for dinner at Il Vesuvio."
" This lovely, friendly, authentic restaurant was just what we needed for a small taste of our favourite Mediterranean destination."
"It was a great evening, the food and people made us feel, for a short while at least, that we were actually in Bella Italia which was both wonderful & heart breaking"
Where: 26 Lower Stone Street ME15 6LD, Maidstone England
What the foodies say: "We are so happy to have this Restaurant near us serving fabulous, authentic, Italian food.
"Every time I come into your restaurant I feel I’m on holiday in Italy."
Another said: "We visited on Friday evening as a group of 6 and all thoroughly enjoyed it.
"The food was wonderful, I especially enjoyed my Parmigiana starter – delicious!"
Where: 3 The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EN England
What the customers had to say: "Luigi's has excelled all expectations as per usual.
"So grateful to have such a wonderful restaurant on our door step in Sandwich!"
Another called Luigi's, "A real gem of a restaurant in Sandwich."
10. Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria & Bar
Where: 11-12 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HG England
What the reviewers said: "Best pizza I’ve had in years, so delicious!
"Perfectly thin bases, and lovely ingredients.
"They offer an amazing vegan pizza too, and their cocktails were perfect!"
Another customer said: "The food was very enjoyable and the staff were lovely, what more could you ask for?
"I enjoyed my meal here very much and would be keen to return next time I visited Canterbury."