These 10 Italian Restaurants Are A Memphis Must

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Memphis's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine.

Sure, we are known for barbecue around these parts. But when we're in the mood for Italian food in Memphis, which is quite often, we have a range of fabulous restaurants from which to choose. By far the best-known and likely the most talked about in the city is Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, where you definitely need a reservation and should be prepared to try whatever the waiter recommends. AMIK's chefs have two more eateries on this list, too - more casual yet still amazing spots to try. Midtown's  Bari Ristorante e Enoteca - a reader favorite - and the old-school  Frank Grisanti's  - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine. 



A great little Italian deli and market, Fino's has just a few tables for the lunch crowd, and does a ton of take-out business. During the warmer months, picnic tables are set up out on the sidewalk of this Midtown Memphis gem. Sandwiches...  Read More

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A small chain of Italian eateries can be a dangerous thing - as in, dangerously dull. But that's not the case with Amerigo, which has one outlet in Memphis (there are two in Nashville / Brentwood, and another in Jackson, MS). White...  Read More



Lucchesi's offers authentic Italian food the way it's best � handmade from time-tested recipes. Try spinach gorgonzola ravioli to sample the goodness, and be sure to pick up one of their frozen meals or packaged sauces for dinner....  Read More



In a charming old house nestled along the railroad tracks in Collierville, Cafe Piazza is just south of the town square. Old family favorites are freshly crafted in the kitchen, with traditional Italian dishes - pastas, pizzas, and...  Read More

Frank Grisanti


Nestled into a corner of the hotel lobby, Frank Grisanti ranks among the best-loved Italian restaurants in Memphis, and has for years. This is definitely an old-school Italian restaurant, in both its ambiance and its menu; that's one of the...  Read More



This casual Italian restaurant is a family staple in east Memphis, and sets the perfect mood with an appealing atmosphere, heady aromas and the smooth stylings of Sinatra or Como coming from the speakers. But you're as likely to see canoodling...  Read More



The more casual brainchild of young chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Hog & Hominy is a tribute to the pair's roots - both Southern and Italian. The result is a mix of vegetable dishes, pork-focused main dishes and wood-fired pizzas "...  Read More



Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman have another hit on their hands; Porcellino's is the duo's third restaurant on Brookhaven Circle, joining their upscale original, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and their superbly casual pizza & comfort...  Read More



Influenced by the flavors of Southern Italy, especially the Puglia region, Bari serves authentic Italian fare made from only the freshest ingredients. Its intimate setting and attentive service are perfect for a romantic evening out. Offering...  Read More



Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and its two namesake chefs are the toast of the town - and not just in Memphis. With a stellar review from the New York Times plus loads of attention from other national foodies, including numerous James Beard...  Read More


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