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Taste Of Italy

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went on 10-7-2021 == went for nice dinner =left feeling ripped off == my shrimp scampi with angle hair pasta was a 5 out of 10 = shrimp tough /over cooked == girlfriend got eggplant parm. == set said it was a not what she...was expecting = have had better == asked for a small cup of alfrado sauce == they brought a small bowl of it out = then charged us 7.00 for it as a childs dish without pasta = waitress just making bill larger for a larger tip looks like to me == she was also very slow and took forever to bring us items we requested == will not be back anytime soonMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Let me say that you’re in the small percentage of my customers who didn’t care for the food, the service or, as you say the hidden charges= If it wasn’t to your liking , you should have said something, which you didn’t= Also, we charge...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

My family had the Lasagna, Taste of Italy, Meatball Hoagie and Cheese Tortellini Alfredo with Chicken. Every dish was amazing! You get so much food for the money. All of it taste extremely fresh. The Smoky Mountain Family youtube video recommended this and I'm glad...we listened! The owner and so nice and willing to take time and show how much pride she has in her food. This is a new tradition during our vacation trips.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you very much for the wonderful review of TASTE OF ITALY and all the great compliments and kind words. I'm so happy you thought that every dish you ordered was amazing. and you get so much food for the money. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

The food was DELICIOUS, the portions were huge, and the service was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly! It's hard to find good Italian food around here, but this place definitely has some of the best around (if not THE best). Can't wait to come back...and try more of the menu!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you very much for your review of TASTE OF ITALY and all your compliments and kind words about our restaurant, the food and our service. We truly appreciate it. We look forward to your return visit when you return to this area..

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I'm not sure how to rate higher but this is a 10/10!!!!! True, authentic, NY style Italian food that was incredible. Best tasting meatballs and homemade creamy Italian dressing. We will be back!!!!! And Shirley our server was the sweetest. Geri the owner is amazing!!!!!...Loved her and her personality. We will be back!!!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for you’re AMAZING FOOD, AMAZING STAFF, AMAZING OWNER!!! review for TASTE OF ITALY and the 10/10. We truly appreciate all your compliments and kind words. Shirley has been with us for quite a while and does an excellent job. We are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic restaurant. Food and service was outstanding. Definitely the best manicotti I have ever had. Will go back every time we are in the Gatlinburg area.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review of TASTE OF ITALY and for all your compliments. I'm happy to know that you found our manicotti the best you ever had. We use only the best ingredients in our cooking. We are looking forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious food! Whitney was our waitress and was very friendly and provided great service. We had lasagna and meatballs. My son had pizza and he loved it. Very good size portions. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of TASTE OF ITALY and your kind words and compliments about our food and our waitress Whitney. She does an excellent job,, customers often reuest her. We are so happy she is part of the TASTE OF ITALY family. Looking...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very good. Way better than Johnny Carions in Pigeon Forge. This is a must visit. Waiter Whitney was very friendly. We will definitely come back again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of TASTE OF ITALY and your compliments about our food and our waitress Whitney. Whitney has been with us a long time and does an excellent job. We are so happy she is part of the TASTE OF ITALY family....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

—Taste Of Italy— I made my way over to "Taste Of Italy" today. They've been voted "Best Italian" in the County, and I'll say that it was well deserved. "Taste Of Italy" will now be my First Choice for Italian Food whenever I'm up in...Gatlinburg. I know that is surprising to some, but it's true. That "Other" place will now be my second choice. "Taste Of Italy" is a well-hidden Gem here in Gatlinburg. In fact, a gas station is blocking the building and the sign. It's easy to miss. I met with the owners. Geraldine, (Jerry) is from "Brooklyn New York" and has that thick Brooklyn accent that you fall in love with. She told me that she is about to be 80 years young. My jaw dropped. She looks much younger. Much younger. 20 years younger. She said that she and her husband couldn't sit around in their retirement, so they opened a restaurant. I learned the whole story of how she went from working with IBM in New York to owning a top-notch restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you'd like to know the story, ask for "Jerry" when you visit them because I have to start talking about the Food. All the Food on the menu is made in-house and is from family recipes. I imagine if I visited "Ms. Geraldine's" home, she'd feed me, and it would be this exact Food. I also imagine she'd hug me, kiss me, and pinch my cheeks before letting me leave. She is an authentic Italian. She tells me that all of the ingredients are the best you can buy. "The Veal is real Veal. Not that stuff they serve at other restaurants." They bring "Garlic Knots" to your table as soon as you're seated. It comes with a house-made marinara. For an Appetizer, I had the "Caprese." —Slices of fresh Mozzarella and Basil on top of Fresh Tomato. Then drizzled with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette. For my meal I ordered the "Home-Made Lasagna." —It's the most ordered item. The "Chicken Parmesan" is the second most ordered. It came with a side salad. I had "Italian" dressing with my salad. My Aunt ordered the "Taste Of Italy." It's a sampler of all the best foods from the menu. —Home-Made Lasagna —Chicken Parmesan —Manicotti —Pasta My Aunt's Friend and my new Friend, "Linda," ordered the "Philly Steak Salad." —They have a fantastic Salad section on their menu. I have to tell you that we each loved every bite of our meals. I sampled theirs, they sampled mine, and it was all delicious. It was more Food than we could finish. Each of us took a to-go box home with us. We sat around enjoying one another's company and enjoying the same foods that Ms. Geraldine ate when she was young. It was a beautiful thing. Linda said it had been the best time she's had out in a long time. Aunt Claudine and I both agreed that it was one of our best times out as well. When the bill came, my Aunt grabbed it and paid. "Happy Birthday to you!" "That's right! Tomorrow is my Birthday! I forgot..." I thanked my Aunt for picking up the bill. I even picked up (2) Gift Certificates for the fellas who told me about "Taste Of Italy." It's the least I can do for them turning me onto the place. Our waitress was "Whitney," and she was terrific. Not only polite but knowledgeable of the foods on the menu. Taste Of Italy—One of Gatlinburg's Hidden Gems.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I called about 5:00 and was able to get reservations for six people at 6:00. Whitney greeted us at the door and immediately seated us and brought a large basket of hot garlic rolls with marinara sauce. Oh, my goodness! Our first thought was that,...if these rolls were any indication of the food we were about to order, we were in “Italian Food Heaven!” Well, we were not disappointed! We had orders of the chicken piccata, salmon salad, chicken fettuccine, linguine, Alfredo, and a Caesar salad. They were all fantastic!!!!! Whitney was extremely attentive and made sure we were all happy with our selections. The portion sizes were quite generous and very reasonably priced. We brought in our own wine and were provided glasses with a smile. Whitney was wonderful. The cooks were so gifted in culinary arts. Our biggest regret was that we were just too full for dessert, which looked sooooo good! We have all said we’d just have to go back! When you are greeted upon entry with a smile and made to feel truly welcome, blessed with fabulous food and such an attentive server in a restaurant tucked into a little strip mall shopping area, you just have to be sure and give thanks. We gave thanks, first to God for the meal set before us, then to Whitney for her extraordinary service. We will, indeed, go again!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of TASTE OF ITALY. I am so happy we were able to accommodate you and your party and to know that you all enjoyed your dining experience here at TASTE OF ITALY. I’m you felt like you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my - the meatballs will melt in your mouth they are sooo ternder and good. The stromboli is the best my husband has ever had, The eggplant parmesan is just as amazing. We had gone to the wrong place and eaten. Then we came...to this location tonight. I had wondered why the lasagna at that other place was only good. The sauce at this location out of town is 10 times better by far. Our waitress Jo was so kind. She was so helpful as we had never been there before. Dont miss out on this gem. No charge to park either!! YES~More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Geri M, General Manager at Taste Of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review of TASTE OF ITALY. We appreciate all your compliments about our restaurant. We make everything homemade in our kitchen. Our Jo is an excellent server and we are so happy that she is part of the TASTE OF...More

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Frequently Asked Questions about Taste Of Italy

Yes, Taste Of Italy offers takeout services.

Yes, Taste Of Italy is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Taste Of Italy is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5