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“Great Italian in a corner alley downtown.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria

Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria
968 Pkwy Ste 9, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3137
8654304090
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Ranked #38 of 172 restaurants in Gatlinburg
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
bluegrass state
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198 reviews 198 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 80 cities Reviews in 80 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Great Italian in a corner alley downtown.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Found this by accident a few years ago. Go back every time we go downtown. Ordered the large cheese& pepperoni pizza, and the garlic knots. Loved loved it. The knots are very garlicky hence the name. Pizza is very cheesy with a big crust. The restaurant is always crowded, but the service and food come quickly. Total bill for pizza, knots & 3 drinks was $32. If you like Italian and good pizza don't miss this spot.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“AS GOOD AS IT GETS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Every time I go to Gatlinburg I eat here. This pizza can hold its own with NYC and Chicago! Tucked back in a corner off the Parkway this is a must for pizza lover. I always get meatball and pepperoni, although meatballs are not listed as a topping. The service is friendly and fast. The wait can be 20-30 minutes but it's worth it. Cold beer and great garlic rolls. Calzones are stupid big. There was a bear 40 feet away crawling out of a dumpster....ambiance

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Braselton, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of Gatlinburg's hidden jewels”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you can find the original Best Italian - tucked in the Elk's Plaza - and ask to sit out on the patio (weather permitting) you will enjoy the best Gatlinburg has to offer. First, the patio is just wonderful in the day or night. During the day, the large umbrellas over the table and ample shade keeps the area comfortable even in July and August. The little creek that runs between the patio and the hotel next door is charming. At night, the strings of lights offer good light without being obnoxious. Also, from across the creek you may be entertained by a family of racoons begging for food scraps. They are very hard to ignore.
Second, the food is very good. Much, much better than the average fare you find in Gatlinburg. The pizza's are excellent; the chicken or eggplant parmigean is very good. The service can be a little slow when the place is hopping, but still better than most places in Gatlinburg.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Carthage, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Italian in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

On our yearly trip to Gattlinberg we eat here or The Peddler and usually both. Excellent food great service and garlic rolls to die for.Parking a little rough, but we always stay within walking distance, also helps walking off the large portions. Try it you'll like it

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Indian Land, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The name of the restaurant tells it all!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This truly is the best, the pizza is outstanding, the calzones are so big that two people will have leftovers.....fresh ingredients make this a definite stop while vacationing in Gatlinburg!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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