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Posted on 1/5/2023

Discover the 4 Best Italian Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Tangy, flavorful, rich, and rewarding–that’s Italian food, whether you prefer plain pizza or the most elegant veal parmigiana! Italian is an excellent cuisine when the folks in your family or group have different tastes. We’ve picked four of the Smoky Mountains’ best Italian spots for you to try. 


1. Best Italian


For more than 40 years, Gatlinburg’s Best Italian has focused on classics, like pasta and pizza, homemade cheesecake, and its unique garlic rolls. Best Italian boasts its original sit-down cafe in Elks Plaza and its express location on the Gatlinburg Parkway. 


Your mouth will water for thin-crust New York-style pizzas. Extra-large calzones are a specialty, plump with ricotta and mozzarella. All the hearty pasta dishes are here, from lasagna to stuffed shells. Best Italian features chicken, seafood, and beef entrees like shrimp fettucini and veal Florentine with ham and spinach.


2. Luigi’s Pizza


The veggies on Luigi’s pizza come from the local farm owned by the same family that owns this Gatlinburg pizzeria. What’s under those home-grown vegetables? Handmade dough. Pizza toppings start with the classics like white pizza but feature lasagna pizza, Philly cheesesteak pizza, and BBQ chicken pizza! 


Not a pizza lover? Try baked pasta dishes, stromboli, or calzone with unusual fillings like chicken bacon ranch or buffalo chicken. You can even order Greek gyro sandwiches. 


3. Squisito


This Sevierville eatery is part of a chain dishing up pasta, pizza, salad, sub sandwiches, and wraps. Like many pizza spots, Squisito lets you pick your topping combos, but the chain adds a twist: You can build your entree here. Pick a base (pasta, salad, or roasted veggies), choose a protein like meatballs, Italian sausage, or chicken, then layer on your selection of zesty sauces, creamy dressings, and toppings. For families with widely varying tastes to satisfy, build-your-own has appeal. 


4. Johnny Carino’s


This Pigeon Forge chain restaurant offers generous portions and unique options for the whole family’s night in Italy. Naturally, you’ll find savory classics, including pizza, salads, and pasta like tortelloni, ravioli, and lasagna. What sets Johnny Carino’s apart? Combo meals: Double the deliciousness! Get portions of two different entrees as your meal. Family platters: Carino’s can serve family-sized portions of entrees to share around the table. 


Dine in or order takeout to enjoy at your Smoky Mountains vacation cabin. Reserve your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin today! 



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