Delicious Dining at Best Italian Restaurants in Nashville

Hollie Deese

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Nashville. There is an incredible amount of competition, some around for decades while others are fairly new to the scene. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Nashville restaurants. No matter if you are craving classic red sauce dishes like hearty lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs at the stalwart Mama Mia's in Grassmere - be sure to bring your won bottle of wine for dinner - or are looking for something a little more adventurous and...  Read more »

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    Mangia Nashville

    Not just capitalizing on a trend, Mangia does supper club dining just right - family style and totally delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Underground dining is not-so-secret, so plan far in advance if you want one of the coveted seats. But if you just can't commit and live for the moment, call Friday and Saturday mornings to see if you can snap up a cancellation."

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    City House

    While the regional dishes like stuffed trout deliver on deliciousness, their pizzas are sublime, especially...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of their signature cocktails, boozy or unleaded! They're divine."

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    Caffe Nonna

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: Sylvan Park

    For more than 10 years Caffe Nonna has been a staple on Murphy Road with die-hard fans of their pastas and sauces.

    Local Expert Tip: "Can't get enough Caffe Nonna? Be sure to buy some jars of their gourmet sauces on the way our, with proceeds benefiting the St. Jude Children's Hospital."

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    Coco's Italian Market

    Driven by their love of Italian culture, you won;t find anything that isn't totally authentic on their shelves on on their menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Between courses browse the market for cheese and meat selections for treats to take home, and make time to play a game of Bocce after fresh gelato. In a hurry? Grab a prepackaged meal to go for yourself or a handful for dinner guests."

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    Sole Mio

    For nearly 20 years Nashvillians have been able to count on Sole Mio for authentic Italian fare, romantic...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Owner GianCarlo Agnoletti first opened in his hometown near Rimini, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea 25 years ago, before bringing his fresh flavors to Nashville."

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    Valentino's Ristorante

    Valentino's still holds its own among the Italian restaurant boom thanks to their bold flavors and fresh ingredients, even after nearly 25 years.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of the three new flatbreads for only $10."

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    Mama Mia's

    Customers still flock to this BYOB spot after 20 years for their straightforward, simple pasta dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ignore the gas station-side location and order any of the straightforward dishes. And not to worry if you show up forgetting they don't serve alcohol. The liquor store a walk away will have you covered."

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    Antonio's of Nashville

    Once people try this tucked away gem in Bellevue, they make sure to come back again and again.

    Local Expert Tip: "While they will accommodate walk-ins, it's best to call ahead and secure a set of your own. Also, dress a little nicer than you would for most places in town - it's okay to get a bit gussied up at Antonio's."

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    Nick's Italian Deli and Pizzeria

    Even after multiple moves, people make sure to seek out Nick's for everything from sandwiches to their signature meat-and-cheese stuffed rice balls.

    Local Expert Tip: "While they will accommodate walk-ins, it's best to call ahead and secure a set of your own. Also, dress a Don't eat too much pizza to think about dessert -- their spumoni cheesecake hybrid and tiramisu are homemade in-house and worth the calories."

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    This regional chain excels with good service, a fun atmosphere and great food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check out their other location in Cool Springs if you are south of the city."



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