April 28th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Dish2013

Carrabba's Italian Grill is open for dinner only during the week and lunch and dinner on the weekends.

Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

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. $$$

Cafe Roma

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. $$

Carrabba's Italian Grill

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. $$

Chianti Ristorante Italiano and Pizzeria

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. $

Community Pie

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. $

Fat Daddy's Pizza

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. $

Flavors of Italy

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. $$

Gondolier Italian Restaurant and Pizza

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. $

Hill City Pizza

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. $

Lupi's Pizza Pies

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. $

Marco's Italian Bistro

417 Frazier Ave.


Handmade Italian cuisine is served in various chef's specialties each evening. Martini Lounge is open late. $$

Mellow Mushroom

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. $

Mom's Italian

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. $

New York Pizza Department

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. $

Nino's Pastaria

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. $$

Olive Garden

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. $

Provino's Italian Restaurant

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. $

Rafael's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

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. $

Romano's Macaroni Grill

2271 Gunbarrel Road


Italian extravaganza, with herb bread, stuffed pastas, veal, chicken and seafood. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria

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. $$

University Pizza & Deli

422 Vine St.


In addition to Middle Eastern fare, University, on the edge of the UTC campus, offers tasty pizza pies and Italian dishes. $