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Noteworthy Italian Restaurants Across the American South

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From flavorful pizzas garnished with crunchy toppings to exquisite risottos cooked to perfection, a delightful array of finely crafted food awaits guests at these Italian restaurants. Pair your meals with your drink of choice from the extensive menus on offer and you're sure to have a gastronomic experience like no other!


Bottega

Bottega offers an eclectic menu of Italian-inspired dishes in a very stylish setting. The building resembles a Roman civic structure, with faux archways and a decorative concrete facade. The decor is Art Deco in style, and the furnishings are elegant and tasteful. The menu features a wide array of appetizers and entrees that change daily. Though many of the dishes are Italian-inspired, they also make good use of local ingredients. The dessert menu and the wine lists are extensive to suit all palates.

Birmingham, AL, United States
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Caruso’s Grocery

Caruso’s Grocery is a typical Italian- American red sauce joint that is also light on the pocket. The kitchen is graced by the skills of Chef Matt Adler whose delicacies are nothing but delightful. Nosh on Cheesy Ravioli, Pork Chops, or Chicken Parmigiana if you please and pair it with a classic and moist New York Cheesecake that will only leave you wanting for more. The signature cocktails and Italian craft beers further make this place a great option for oenophiles.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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City House

City House is a casual yet hip place visited by foodies from across the city in large numbers. Enjoy your favorite Italian or Southern American meal in the cozy dining area inside or at the beautiful patio outside. This restaurant also offers a wide selection of cocktails, beer, wine, bourbon, and whiskey. The Belly Ham Pizza loaded with mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, and chilies, as well as the Mustard Greens Pizza smeared with cheesy mayo, black pepper, parmesan and chilies are a must-try. The atmosphere here is boisterous and casual, so you know you're in for a fun evening.

Nashville, TN, United States
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Crust

Mediterranean flavors, thin-crust pizzas with a slew of delectable toppings and a pleasant ambiance awaits you at Crust. Owned and operated by Chef Klime Kovaceski and his wife Anita, the restaurant is known for its authentic flavors and top-quality food. Their extensive menu features a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads, pies, pizzas, pasta, entrees and small plates. Their signature specialty Crust Burger, loaded with meat and mushrooms is a must-try. As for the pizza, the crust is perfectly baked and the toppings are well seasoned. The drinks menu features a variety of wines and beers along with refreshing coffee. The décor is simply beautiful, wooden tables with carved chairs, white-washed walls, attractive bar counter, ornate lighting fixtures and small paintings that are dotted across the dining room.

Miami, FL, United States
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Da Marco Cucina E Vino

Da Marco Cucina E Vino is named after the owner and Chef Marco Wiles, who received his training from his Italian mother, as well as from his cooking experiences in other Houston Italian restaurants. The originality of his dishes makes this a great dining experience for any Italian food lover. This place prides itself for offering authentic Italian cuisine. The décor is bright and comfortable with tones of yellow in the walls and wood floors. The pasta is made in-house from imported ingredients. Specialties include octopus salad, venison fettuccine and lamb chops. An all-Italian wine list is offered to add flavor to any entrée. The Zuppa Inglese, a brandy-soaked cake, is a must for dessert.

Houston, TX, United States
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Hog & Hominy

Hog & Hominy was lauded as one of the top five newly opened restaurants when it was launched. This place is family-owned and it shows. The service is quite good and the food served is Italian cuisine with a Southern twang. The most famous dishes on their menu are the duck sausages and the bourbon pecan curd pie. There is also a bocce court for patrons to enjoy. They only reserve half their tables and leave the rest for walk-ins, so if you feel like going out for a family dinner or enjoying a wholesome meal with friends, this is the place to head to.

Memphis, TN, United States
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L’Ardente

L’Ardente boasts of being a timeless Italian diner featuring a blend of simplicity as well as glamour. During your visit, you must relish specials like Ocotrani pizza, smoked octopus and lasagna. A venture of the famed Unconventional Diner, L'Ardente features a huge dining room, adorned with crystal chandeliers and wood-fired beams. Pair your meal with unique cocktails like L'Ardente Spritz or order up classics like Negroni and Amalfi. An interesting variety of mocktails like Nardini L'Amaro and Pasubio Vino Amaro also feature on the menu. In addition to enjoying a classy meal, you can also throw a party on their premises.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Lucia

Snuggled in a charming building on West Eighth Street whose history dates back to the 1920s, Lucia offers a nostalgic dining experience to all of its patrons. Opened by chef David Uygur and his wife Jennifer in 2012, the cozy eatery has slowly established itself as a gastronomic mainstay of Dallas' vibrant Bishop Arts District. Lucia prides itself on serving authentic Italian cuisine and takes immense pleasure in tantalizing taste buds with the help of specialties like the Salumi Misti, Gnocchi Alla Romana with hedgehogs, and Red Wattle pork shoulder with mashed favas.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Macchialina

Macchialina Taverna Rustica has been one of Miami's popular award winning Italian restaurants. Perhaps, it is the restaurant's décor that blends Italian antique style with the modern hues of the city. Chef-cum-owner Michael Pirolo prepares his dishes with great care and precision that captures unique and succulent Italian flavors. If you are looking for relishing a wholesome Italian experience in the heart of Miami Beach, then Macchialina Taverna Rustica is the place for you!

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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Mosca's

This family-owned establishment has been serving authentic Italian fare for more than 60 years in Westwego, LA. May it be the classic Spaghetti and Meatballs or the signature Shrimps or Oysters, every dish at this restaurant is a fine blend of fresh ingredients and expert cooking. The elaborate wine list includes some exclusive varieties of wines that perfectly match with the food served at this place. Moreover, the retro setting and a helpful staff makes Mosca’s a great choice to enjoy a flavorful Italian meal with your family and friends. Make sure to reserve your tables before your visit to this popular diner.

Westwego, LA, United States
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No. 246

No. 246 creates a crisp appearance with its white-washed walls that throw the contrasting dark wood tables and rustic pizza-paddle wall décor into sharp relief. Large overhead metal lights hang from the ceiling, perfectly illuminating the bar and the center seating. A basket of giant, fresh baguettes flaunts themselves on the wall by the waiter's station. If you come for brunch, you'll notice the number of pizzas (topped with bacon, potato, poached eggs, and cheese) that spring from the kitchen. Dinner here would call for an order of the well-flavored Agnolotti which is served with a healthy side of greens or the gnocchi. An interesting dessert called the Spoom makes a great ending, served in a waffle cone and topped with olive oil. At the chef's counter, a meal for four is highly recommended. Get seated in front of the busy and fiery kitchen and experience an on-the-spot planned meal by Chef Belline himself!

Decatur, GA, United States
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Revue

Take your palate on a culinary tour of Italy at the Texas based restaurant, Revue. While the main focus of the restaurant is on authentic Italian cuisine, you will also be exposed to a few Asian flavors. At Revue you can see what’s happening behind the scenes since this restaurant features three open kitchens. It also features chic and modern interiors that include colorful elements, wooden accents, plant embellishments and dim lighting. Those wishing to enjoy a cocktail can seat themselves at the raw bar.

Austin, TX, United States
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