I did not enjoy the interior open seating, mostly because I think it makes everyone overly self-conscious because you're literally dining in front of everyone. It looks shinier than Olive Garden, but I much prefer the enclaves and small dining room style, even if I don't care for Olive Garden that much, either.
Perhaps if you're used to chain restaurant food you'll find this place more appealing than I did, but the salad I selected should have been bursting with flavor, the Rustica, but it was just slightly above average. The pancetta was nice and so were the pecans, but the apples lacked flavor and the lettuce had seen better days. The entree was almost entirely boring, the eggplant parmesan, but it did have just a little kick in the tomato sauce that I finally felt after several bites. I really have had better tomato sauces from jars at the grocery store, and the mozzarella didn't seem very special either. The side of linguine was just fine, it just wasn't outstanding. If I'm going to pay a premium for pasta, it had better *wow* me and not make me think "should have saved the money and made it at home."
I really should have skipped salad and entree and just ordered a giant tiramisu and maybe coffee (didn't try that) and put all of my calories and budget there. The only way I can see myself going back is just for the tiramisu, and maybe I'll try an appetizer, or maybe I'll do like I initially thought and just go to Bonefish for dinner and then skip on over here for dessert. I'd rather spend my money that way.
If you must have Italian in Knoxville, here are my general rankings:
2. Bella Luna
3. perhaps this place, Bravo
If you're only looking for tiramisu, here's how I would rank them:
1. Tie between Savelli's and Bravo
2. Earth Fare deli (seriously) tied with Naples
(can't even put Bella Luna's on this list cause they put chocolate chips in tiramisu, which disqualifies the whole dish to me)
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