10 Best Italian Restaurants: Memphis

Looking for the 10 best Italian restaurants in Memphis? Memphis is typically known for great barbecue and soul food, not Italian food. But don't get discouraged if you are a pasta and pizza lover living in or visiting the home of the blues. There are plenty of exceptional Italian eateries in Memphis.

The ten best Italian restaurants in Memphis are:

  1. Spindini. This trendy downtown Italian spot boasts a great location on South Main Street in the up and coming Memphis arts district. Spindini puts a  sophisticated and modern polish on traditional Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas. To get the most bang for your buck, check out the Sunday brunch each week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twelve dollars will get you full access to both the pastry table and the hot buffet, which feature breakfast pizza, potato and lobster hash, and creamy polenta with smoked mozzarella. Spindini: 383 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103.
  2. Amerigo. Amerigo is a new world Italian bistro and winner of Memphis Magazine's Poll Award. With locations in Memphis, Nashville and Jackson, Mississippi, Amerigo offers a number of pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas as well as other traditional Italian entrees including lasagna, piccata, ravioli and risotto. For a less expensive meal, pick from the small plates menu and don't miss the signature Cheese Fritters. Amerigo: 1239 Ridgeway Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.

  3. Papa Pia's. This classic Italian restaurant serves up family recipes made from fresh ingredients. All the food is reasonably priced and delicious. Bring a group of friends and choose any two full order entrees served up family-style for only $45.83. Papa Pia's: 83 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.

  4. Fino Villa.  Fino Villa specializes in classic Italian and cutting edge fusion, serving mainly Italian and seafood entrees. Try the Seasoned Scallops with Parmesan Crusted Tomato. Fino Villa: 875 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN.

  5. Old Venice Pizza Co. This inexpensive pizza joint specializes in hand-tossed pies. Diners can choose from a whopping 60 toppings. For the ultimate Memphis experience, order the Hog Wild with slow cooked and tender Memphis-style pulled pork, aged cheddar and sweet barbecue sauce. Old Venice Pizza Co: 376 S. Perkins Rd., Memphis, TN 38117.

  6. Pete and Sam's. Visitors will have to venture out to Germantown to enjoy Pete and Sam's, but it's well worth the drive. Top menu items include seafood, steak, homemade ravioli, lasagna and spaghetti and everything is very reasonably priced. Pete and Sam's: 3886 Park Ave., Memphis, TN 38111.

  7. Ciao Bella Italian Grill. Italians and Greeks have more in common than an affinity for hollering at pretty girls, they both make great food. Ciao Bella serves both Greek and Italian Cuisine, featuring inexpensive appetizers and salads, and entrees ranging from Veal Piccata to Lamb Souvlaki. Ciao Bella Italian Grill: 565 Erin Dr., Memphis, TN 38117.

  8. Dino's Grill. Dino's Grill serves inexpensive traditional Italian items as well as sandwiches and burgers. Diners can choose from a plethora of pasta dishes, including spaghetti and meatballs, fettucini alfredo and stuffed shells. For those who would rather enjoy Dino's delicious Italian food at home, grab some made-to-order or frozen ravioli. Dino's Grill: 645 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis, TN 38107.

  9. Capriccio Grill.  Capriccio Grill is an Italian steakhouse located in the famous Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. While a little pricey, Capriccio Grill mixes traditional Italian cuisine with prime steaks and a touch of southern comfort. Spaghettini Bolognese or BBQ Pork Sandwich? It's your choice. Capriccio Grill: 149 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.

  10. Spaghetti Warehouse. Bring your appetite! This industrial warehouse is located on South Front Street and is just steps away from the banks of the Mississippi River. Spaghetti Warehouse has several family-style dinner options: lasagna, baked penne, Italian sausage, and spaghetti and meatball. Diners can also design their own pasta dish with a variety of sauces, vegetables and meat to choose from. Spaghetti Warehouse: 40 Huling Ave., Memphis, TN 38103.

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