Chattanooga's Italian restaurants are not just places to get pizza and pasta -- though, of course, you can. But you can also find lasagna, cappelini, fusilli and brazato.
25 E. Main St.
Selection of pasta and pizza dishes along with elegant main-course entrees. Open evenings. $$
5918 Hixson Pike
Featuring pasta, pizza and seafood specialties, with daily lunch specials and full bar. $$
3077 Broad St.
Restaurant in former Southern Saddlery building offers interesting and innovative twists on Italian fare. Free pasta and dessert on your birthday. Open evenings. $$$
220 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn.
Gourmet pasta dishes are prepared under the direction of co-owner/chef Shannon Ritzhaupt, who trained under Italian chef Tony Race, of Naples. Open for lunch and dinner. Nice wine list. $$
2040 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Wow your taste buds with inventive culinary creations from recipes passed down through four generations. Dinner only during the week, lunch and dinner on weekends. $$
8968 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy
Made-from-scratch pasta forms the basis of generous-portion dishes. Homemade, topping-rich pizzas on crackerlike crusts are a house favorite. $
850 Market St.
Located at Miller Plaza, the restaurant makes its pies Neapolitan style as they do in Naples. Only "00" flour and San Marzano tomatoes are used. The pies are cooked quickly in wood-fired ovens at 900 degrees.
100 Signal Mountain Road, 710-3780; 3211 Broad St., 756-4040; and Sewanee, Tenn., 931-598-9880
Pizzas are known for their super-thin crusts and original names, such as Shazam and Gigantor. Pasta and big salads also on the menu. $
5084 South Terrace
New York-style pizzas are crafted with house-made dough and sauces, made to order or one of 18 specialties. Wings, subs and salads are other options. Gluten-free pizzas available. $$
2332 Shallowford Village Drive, 499-5155; 2016 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, 706-861-7989; and 4550 N. Lee Highway, Cleveland, 423-339-2822
This "fast, fresh, Italian" chain features a menu of pastas, pizzas, salads, subs and sampler platters. Families will like the award-winning kids menu and weekly kids night activities. $
10330 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy
Chef Giuseppe Iannuzzi, born in Salerno, Italy, serves up authentic recipes in generous portions inside this cottage-style restaurant. Multiple menu options plus daily specials for lunch and dinner. $$
200 Able Drive, Dayton, Tenn.
Huge menu offers large portions of appetizers, salads, pastas, chicken dinners, seafood plate, sandwiches, burgers and customizable pizza, spaghetti and rigatoni. $
12 Frazier Ave., 702-5451, and 808 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, 710-2149
Pizzas and sandwiches are served for lunch and dinner, with delivery available. Pool tables, dart boards and TVs add to the entertainment options. North Shore location is open into the wee hours. $
5506 Hixson Pike, 847-3700; 1414 Jenkins Road, 855-4104; 406 Broad St., Suite A, 266-5874.
Full menu of pies, calzones and pastas with gluten-free options. Catering and take-and-bake also available. $
417 Frazier Ave.
Handmade Italian cuisine is served in various chef's specialties each evening. Martini Lounge is open late. $$
205 Broad St., 266-5564; 2318 Lifestyle Way, 468-3737
Eclectic collection of pizzas, calzones, hoagies, salads and other munchies, plus wide selection of beer, in atmosphere of arts and music. $
1257 Market St.
From the basket of garlic bread to the manicotti or lasagna, Chattanoogans have been making Mom's a regular visit for decades. $
5731 Highway 153
NYPD has become a local favorite since opening a year ago with its huge slices that come in New York style -- fold it over and eat it -- outdoor dining and vegan friendly choices. $
720 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain
Chef Nino Piccolo, born and raised in Sicily, creates bold, flavorful pizza and pasta dishes that stay true to his cultural traditions. Open for lunch and dinner. $$
2200 Hamilton Place Blvd., 899-7707; 5525 Highway 153 877-7704; 4499 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, 423-339-3330
Frequent new additions keep the Americanized Italian experience solid. And there's always the bottomless salad bowl and garlic breadsticks. $$
6407 Ringgold Road, East Ridge
Greek and Italian specialties, ranging from lamb chops and stuffed grape leaves to baked lasagna and manicotti. Pizza bar with pizza, soup and salad served for lunch seven days a week, weekday evenings and all day Sunday. Wine list includes Greek selections. $
5084 South Terrace Plaza
Complete menu of Italian favorites, served with signature garlic rolls and bottomless salad. Nice wine list. Free pasta dinner on your birthday with ID. $
3877 Hixson Pike, Hixson, 508-8561; 9607 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, 332-4559; and 5032 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Ooltewah, 396-2333
Select two-for-one specialty pizzas in four sizes or build your own from 16 toppings. Or pick from dozens of sandwich and dinner selections. $
2271 Gunbarrel Road
Italian extravaganza, with herb bread, stuffed pastas, veal, chicken and seafood. Open for lunch and dinner. $$
212 High St.
Italian eatery in Bluff View Art District features handmade pastas, made-from-scratch sauces and fresh breads. Wine list is exclusively Italian. Gluten-safe menu available. Open for lunch and dinner. $$
422 Vine St.
In addition to Middle Eastern fare, University, on the edge of the UTC campus, offers tasty pizza pies and Italian dishes. $