Our Story



1. an endearing term wrapping camaraderie around a gathering of individuals; pals, folks, companions.

Welcome to our culinary haven, where the essence of Italy and the spirit of togetherness blend seamlessly to create an unforgettable dining experience. RAGAZZI, not merely a word but a sentiment, encapsulates the heart of what we represent — a place where food, friendship, and flavours intertwine.

Our journey is a tale of authenticity, shared passions, and a deep-rooted connection to Italian heritage. It begins with our esteemed owner, Leonardo Placidi, a true foodie who was raised in the heart of Italy, surrounded by his family's culinary legacy. Leonardo's formative years were steeped in the aromas and traditions of his grandparents' kitchen, where recipes were whispered like well-kept secrets, and each dish told a story.

In his pursuit of preserving the true essence of Italian cuisine, Leonardo discovered that the soul of Italian cooking resided in the borgo — those charming mountain villages that time seems to embrace. He understood that as culinary techniques journeyed from these idyllic landscapes to bustling metropolises, some of the simplicity and authenticity were often left behind. With unwavering dedication, Leonardo believes that Italian gastronomy is an art of elegance in simplicity, where the finest, freshest ingredients dance harmoniously to narrate the tales of generations past.

Italian borgo

RAGAZZI is more than a restaurant; it's a culinary expedition through Italy's diverse regions. From the comfort of our warm trattoria, indulge in a symphony of flavours that pay homage to the very heart of Italian heritage. Our menu is a testament to Leonardo's commitment — an ode to timeless pasta creations, wood-fired pizzas that elevate simplicity to an art, and seafood dishes that evoke the coastal melodies of the Mediterranean.

But our odyssey doesn't stop there. Our skilled chefs, inspired by tradition yet driven by innovation, embark on a perpetual quest for novel recipes and ingenious techniques. This ensures that our menu remains a vibrant tapestry of tastes, constantly evolving to surprise and captivate.

The accolade of being named Halifax's best Italian restaurant fills us with immense pride. It's a reflection of our unyielding dedication to quality and excellence, a recognition of the magic that unfolds when passion meets authentic craftsmanship.

At RAGAZZI, we hold a deep belief that food is more than sustenance; it's a bridge that connects people, a catalyst for creating cherished memories. Whether you're commemorating a milestone or simply seeking an extraordinary meal, we invite you to join us and savour the genuine warmth and hospitality of Italy — right here, in our restaurant.

Indulge. Connect. Celebrate.

RAGAZZI — Where Palates and Hearts Unite.