Smack in the middle of Memphis' downtown district, a new Italian eatery has opened - and downtowners couldn't be more thrilled.
Al fresco dining at Aldo's in downtown Memphis. — Photo courtesy of Aldo's Pizza Pie%20%20The%20New%20York-style%20pies%20served%20up%20in%20two%20sizes%20-%20small%20and%20large%20-%20as%20well%20as%20by%20the%20slice.%20A%20small%20is%20enough%20for%20two%20if%20ordering%20more%20than%20just%20pizza%20(see%20below).%20Options%20range%20from%20create%20your%20own%20to%20the%20Italian%20Popeye%20with%20vodka%20cream,chicken,%20spinach,%20and%20bacon%20or%20the%20Memphis%20Bird%20with%20barbecue%20chicken%20and%20red%20onions.">Aldo's Pizza Pies specializes in hand-tossed pizzas, a wide variety of beer - 30 different draughts and 30 bottled options - and is quickly becoming known as the patio dining spot downtown. Situated on scenic Main Street in a cavernous space that lends to its big city atmosphere, Aldo's offers a huge patio for outside dining and people-watching. Al fresco dining at Aldo's in downtown Memphis. — Photo courtesy of Aldo's Pizza Pie
The New York-style pies are served up in two sizes - small and large - as well as by the slice. A small is enough for two if ordering more than just pizza (see below). Options range from create your own to the Italian Popeye with vodka cream, chicken, spinach and bacon to the Memphis Bird with barbecue chicken and red onions.
While Aldos' name and focus is as a pizza joint, the menu offers so much more, including a variety of sandwiches, garlic-heavy knots of bread with marinara for dipping and some to-die-for vegetable dishes that are a must for those who want a taste of Italy but not necessarily a pizza. From prosciutto-wrapped asparagus to peppers smothered in cheese on a crostini, the vegetable options could be a meal all by themselves. The house-made cheesecake is just the ticket to finish a meal.