Delicious Dining at Best Italian Restaurants in Nashville

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 refined like house-cured salami and gremolata bread gnocchi at City House in Germantown, Nashville has an abundance of restaurants ready to serve their best dishes to meet any craving. At Caffe Nonna and Coco's Italian Market you can even bring some of the flavors home with you thanks to the authentic products on hand for home cooks. You can even find a regular supper club, Mangia, on our list, representing a growing trend of pop-ups in the area. So pull up a seat, pour a glass of the house red and dine your way through Nashville’s 10 Best Italian restaurants.



Considered a favorite among locals, casual and energetic Amerigo prides itself on serving some of the city's best and most innovative dishes. Although the decor is brighter and more modern than at this regional chain than at the traditional...  Read More



Old World Italian is alive and well in Music City with just the right touch of southern hospitality. The ambiance inside is just right for a romantic meal with a date despite the strip mall location. And after nearly two decades, Antonio's...  Read More



Not many restaurants last more than a year or two, much less a couple of decades. But Mama Mia's has managed to thrive for more than 20 years despite being grouped together with a couple of gas stations thanks to homey Italian classics like...  Read More



Valentino's enjoys a fine reputation as one of Nashville's favorite Northern Italian restaurants, and rightfully so. The intimate restaurant, located in an old home, boasts an elegant atmosphere. Rustic signature dishes include Chicken Marsala,...  Read More



This Northern Italian restaurant is known for two things: offering a fantastic view of the city and homemade Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the well-dressed wait staff treats all customers like royalty. All Sole's pastas –...  Read More



From the Bocce ball court to the totally authentic imported ingredients, Coco's Italian Market is the real deal. With a successful family New York business going nearly 50 years strong, the owners learned how to slice meat right in that deli....  Read More

Sylvan Park
Caffe Nonna


Head to Sylvan Park for a mouthwatering plate of Old World pasta, lovingly made by Chef Daniel Maggipinto, the former executive chef of the Hearst Corporation in New York. A majority of the meals are prepared by the old family recipes of his...  Read More



Situated in Germantown, City House is a Music City treat for pizza, pasta, and fine dining lovers. Whether you have a seasoned palate, or are in the mood for an unforgettable meal, City House will treat you right, especially with starters like...  Read More

Mangia Nashville
Photo courtesy of Mangia Nashville


An authentic New York Italian family meal via Franklin, this dining experience is unlike any other in the area. For $45, diners gather every Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 6pm in The Cool Caf-- space with the other lucky diners who managed to...  Read More


Meet Hollie Deese

Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and...  More About Hollie