I’m not certain what sparked Gatlinburg’s love of Italian food, but everywhere you turn you’ll find great great pizza and pasta–even a cannoli or two. Whether you’re looking for a reasonably-priced, kid-friendly atmosphere or a quick slice on the go, Gatlinburg offers Italian food to suit every taste. From sit down to delivery, here are a few of our favorites:
1. Best Italian – The name says it all, eh? Open for lunch and dinner, we at ERA In the Smokies are partial to the offerings at Best Italian. Located between traffic lights #8 and #10, Best Italian is open for both lunch and dinner, and is known for their community involvement. In 2008, they catered the dinner for the 10th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Benefit & Auction. Thanks guys…and save some Tenderloin Tips Marsala for me.
2. New York Pizza & Pasta – Just want a quick slice to go? Try New York Pizza. Hand tossed crusts and fresh ingredients are baked to order. I have a soft spot for the cheese ravioli, and the cannoli help soothe the garlic burn. Daily specials make lunch easy on the wallet, too.
3. Legends by Max – If you’re looking for a great place to take a break and have a bite to eat with the family, try Legends by Max. Legends is located between traffic lights #6 and #8 with windows right on the Parkway. A table covered with paper & a jar of crayons is enough to buy most parents a little quiet time, & kids eat free. Check out their menu…I can taste the tiramisu now, mmmm…
4. Slice of Heaven – Assuming you’re already planning on tracking down Gatlinburg’s 10 Most Unique Attractions covered by a previous blog. You can stop in Slice of Heaven on your way to the Gatlinburg Space Needle. From pizza to subs to beer on tap, Slice of Heaven has you covered for lunch or a late afternoon snack.
5. Ogle’s Brick Oven – I love the calzones at Ogle’s. Located on East Parkway just a few minutes from downtown, Ogle’s is a great place from everything from Veal Saltimbocca to made to order pizza and calzones. My husband and I share a spinach and ricotta calzone for lunch on a regular basis because the portions are huge.
7. Guarino’s – If not everyone in your family is craving Italian food, check out Guarino’s. With a Mediterranean island atmosphere and beautiful wall murals, Guarino’s features over 99 Greek and Italian items–freshly prepared. Located on East Parkway across from Food City (the only grocery store in Gatlinburg), Guarino’s also features free parking.
8. Capelli’s Pizza & Subs – Located on E. Parkway, this local Italian favorite offers delivery of pizza, subs, salads, wings, and more. Check out their HUGE menu. Call in your order today! 865-430-5656.
9. Just Like at Home – We know that kids can be picky eaters, and sometimes they just want the same thing they could get at home. Never fear, Gatlinburg has a Pizza Hut (738 Parkway 865-436-6512), Papa John’s (466 Brookside Village Way 865-430-7777), and Domino’s (446 E. Parkway 865-277-6744) …just like at home.
10. Cook for Yourself – Most cabins featured fully-equipped kitchens including cookware, flatware, glassware and more. And, although Gatlinburg has only one grocery store, Food City offers a variety of freshly made and refrigerator-case Italian products like pastas, marinara sauces, and more. My favorite treat is the fresh antipasto bar located in the deli. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, roasted garlic, pepperoncini, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, various cheeses and peperone. Rent a cabin and treat yourself to an Italian feast of your own making. One of my favorite cabin kitchens is found at Misty Mountain View.
This blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.