So, you’ve decided you’re in the mood for Italian. Not just run-of-the-mill Italian but, Italian fare featuring authentic entrees loaded with fresh herbs, cheeses, spices, meats, vegetables, and of course, the aroma. Fortunately, Knoxville and surrounding areas are blessed with an abundance of fabulous restaurants highlighting Italian cuisine. This Dining Guide focuses on a select few of these extraordinary places presenting mouth-watering entrees, which, of course, wouldn’t be complete without pizza and pasta.
One of Blount County’s newest restaurants features house made, Italian food. Amici does not follow traditional Italian-American cuisine, but instead features native Italian cuisine. They have delightful entrees including their Lamb Bolognese and homemade Burrata, which have been crowd favorites. “Amici”, meaning “friend” in Italian lives up to the name, as they continue to attract more customers returning as regulars.
1420 E. Broadway Ave, Maryville
865-724-1710 | amicimaryville.com
Savelli’s is an Italian gem you might miss if you’re going too fast. Located on Sutherland Avenue you will find a petite restaurant equipped with big Italian character. Savelli’s fans rave over their authentic Sea Bass with risotto as well as the deep-fried calzone. Next time you’re near Sutherland Avenue, keep an eye out for this fantastic Italian eatery.
3055 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville 37919
865-521-9085 | savellisknoxville.com
If you’re ever in the Market Square area looking for amazing Italian food, look no further. Emilia is a local restaurant stocked and loaded for anyone looking to get that legitimate Italian fix. From Gnocchi Amatriciana and Pollo “A Mattone” (brick-cooked chicken), to desserts like tiramisu and butterscotch pudding, Emilia has Italian flavor for any palate.
16 Market Square Knoxville 37902
(865) 313-2472 | emiliaknox.com
Pero’s on the Hill
Pero’s on the Hill features Italian, Greek and American cuisine all under the same roof. A wide selection of options coupled with a relaxing atmosphere create the perfect environment. Pero’s on the Hill not only features savory entrees, but live music and an outdoor patio to top it all off. The Spanakopita and Chicken Parmigiana are highly praised recommendations.
16 Market Square Knoxville 37902
(865) 313-2472 |
What originally started in 1977 has now found a home on Kingston Pike. Located in the same building as Copper Cellar, Cappuccino’s offers an array of fine Italian dishes. It’s no secret, traditional, authentic Italian is hard to find. Cappuccino’s Lasagna and Veal Marsala are among the many dishes worthy of acclaim. The restaurant staff is very courteous and welcoming, which is to be expected from this splendid establishment.
7316 Kingston Pike Knoxville 37919
(865) 673-3422 | cappuccinos-italian.com
Anyone in the mood for Italian comfort food, insanely delicious garlic knots, and cold beer, should consider a trip to Gavino’s. With classics on the menu to choose from, like the Neopolitan Pizza or Chicken Alfredo, picking an entree could be quite a hard decision. If you’re in the mood for dessert, the Tiramasu could be right up your alley.
Bearden: 5211 Kingston Pike
Turkey Creek: 11316 Parkside Dr
The Original Louis Drive in Restaurant
The staff at Louis Original Drive in Restaurant go above and beyond to provide the Italian experience. With more than 50 years in the industry, this restaurant continues to attract those in need of a meal that is both fresh and genuine. Louis is located on Old Broadway with a variety of good Italian options like Baked Spaghetti and Ribeye Steak served with special salad, onion rings and a baked potato.
4661 Old Broadway Knoxville 37918
865-688-4121 | theoriginallouis.com
Located on North Peters Road is an authentic Italian experience you don’t want to miss. Altruda’s offers the genuine taste of Italy at a reasonable price. There are plenty of flavorful options on the menu including Chicken Carbonara and Veal Parmesan, but make sure you try their renown garlic rolls and house salad to start things off!
125 North Peters Rd, Knoxville 37923
865-690-6144 | altrudas.com