best italian restaurant in gatlinburg tennessee
October 17, 2022

Although the Smokies are a long way from Europe, it’s not hard to find some wonderful Italian food in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Whether you’re looking for pizza, pasta, or another dish, you are sure to love the area’s Italian eateries. To help you make the most of your vacation, we've put together a convenient guide to the top 4 Italian restaurants in Gatlinburg TN:

1. Taste of Italy

Located five minutes from downtown on the East Parkway, Taste of Italy is one of Gatlinburg’s hidden gems. This excellent restaurant is run by a couple of New York natives who wanted to bring some authentic Italian cuisine to the Smokies. Guests at Taste of Italy will enjoy a wonderful selection of salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, traditional Italian entrees, oven baked subs, and even more superb food.

Be sure to come hungry, because Taste of Italy is known for their generous portions and addictive garlic knots. Although it may be a little off the beaten path, it’s definitely worth making the effort to visit this local favorite.

2. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

bennett's pit bar-b-que and big daddy's pizzeria sign in gatlinburg

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is another one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Gatlinburg TN. Anyone craving pizza will not be disappointed in Big Daddy’s signature pies. All of the pizzas at this restaurant are baked in a 550 degree wood fired brick oven, which produces the perfect crispy crust. Everything at Big Daddy’s is made in house and only the freshest ingredients and toppings are used. While pizza is the main attraction, Big Daddy’s also offers oven baked sandwiches on focaccia bread, salads, homemade meatballs, bruschetta, and other tasty dishes.

3. Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria

Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria certainly lives up to its name, offering some of the finest food you will find at an Italian restaurant in Gatlinburg. This restaurant is famous for its rolls, which come drenched in garlic and butter. Other standout items on the menu include the enormous calzones, stuffed shells, and the fantastic pizzas.

If the weather is nice, we recommend sitting on the patio, which has a lovely stream running next to it. The patio is a particularly attractive option if you would like to bring your dog out to dinner with you. Best Italian has two locations on the Parkway that are minutes away from one another, so you will have ample opportunities to sample their delicious food.

4. Luigi’s Pizzeria

luigi's pizza in gatlinburg

Luigi’s Pizzeria is a great place to find all of your favorite Italian foods. This popular restaurant delivers locally and even stays open until 2 a.m.! Highlights of Luigi’s menu include the pizza, spaghetti, garlic knots, gyros, cheesy breadsticks, and chicken wings. While Luigi’s offers a number of traditional pizzas, they also have some unique varieties that combine different Italian flavors, such as the Lasagna Pizza and the Chicken Parmigiana Pizza. Whether you’re looking for lunch or a midnight snack, Luigi’s is always a good decision.

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