Italian Restaurants in Indianapolis


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Born in Calabria, Italy, in 1888, Santora ?Fred? Iozzo immigrated to New York City at the age of 17, hoping to create a new life for himself and the family he planned to build. After working on railroad lines in Massachusetts and Ohio, Fred landed in Indianapolis and quickly established an empire of grocery stores throughout the city. The economic onslaught of the Great Depression proved to be too much for this empire, though, and shop after shop began to close. Fred decided to begin anew yet again, founding a restaurant in 1930, naming it Iozzo?s Garden of Italy, and heading up operations until its unfortunate closure in 1940. Along with her husband, Greg, Katie Harris decided to honor the memory of her great-grandfather Fred by reopening the restaurant in 2009. The reimagined establishment incorporates a few modern touches, but it mainly draws inspiration from traditional Italian culture. The chefs form meatballs by hand and make everything from alfredo to bolognese sauces in-house. At the same time, they embrace a slightly more modern approach by offering whole-wheat and gluten-free pastas, throwing in menu curveballs such as maple-bourbon pork, and serving holographic chicken piccata. Their culinary diligence earned them a Best of Metromix award in 2011. With its rustic brickwork, wooden floorboards, and Tuscan-yellow walls, the eatery?s dining room exudes a rustic charm, and the pendant lamps and linen-draped tables add small touches of contemporary refinement. Outdoors, the courtyard area echoes the Old-World ambiance, recreating the feel of an Italian alleyway complete with a faux street lamp and cobblestone walkway.
946 S Meridian St.
Indianapolis,
IN
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The Post Road Recreation Center provides fun-seekers with a multifaceted diversionary depot full of family-friendly activities and eerie entertainment. Stumble through Slaughterhaus's more than 6,000 square feet of repellent real estate, and then enter the haunted woods for a shadowy game of high-tech tag sure to distract laser-loving poltergeists from their subdued cribbage tournaments. Full-throttled speed-wheeling for up to two hours can be spent cruising with unlimited 10-minute rides on an indoor slick track from behind the wheel of a Deuce Coupe kart, navigating the twists and turns of an outdoor street track in a Formula K racer, or (with VIP passes only) setting off a symphony of sonic booms on an outdoor fast track with the help of a pep-powered Fast Kart.
4700 North Post Road
Indianapolis,
IN
US
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
5347 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis,
IN
US
For more than 50 years, the family-owned-and-operated Pasquale’s Pizza has been creating homestyle pizzas and Italian dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. Though prices vary by location, sides of hot garlic bread ($1.50) and a chef salad with ham, pepperoni, and cheese bathed in a dressing of your choice ($4.50-$4.80) prep the palate for an Italian avalanche. Cheese or meat ravioli ($3.80-$8.25) can stretch out the stomach enough to fit a ten-inch around-the-world pizza, which features pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers ($9.54-$9.80). The famous stromboli steak sandwich eases through esophagussi with eight inches of Italian yeast bread hugging a beef patty, mozzarella cheese, and either mushroom gravy or pizza sauce ($5.75-$6.75). Diners can wash away the spicy remains of pizza and pasta with soft drinks (around $1.39), a glass of wine (around $3.75), or a bottle of domestic beer (about $2.25).
7755 E Washington St
Indianapolis,
IN
US
Take a break with a hot slice at Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite among pizza pie connoisseurs. If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings. Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza won't disappoint. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza — the pizzeria has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza's tasty dishes at your next party. Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot. A visit to Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. Head on over to Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
3944 E 82nd St
Indianapolis,
IN
US
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Buca di Beppo creates a warm atmosphere perfect for a couple heading out in Indianapolis' Castleton area. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on Buca di Beppo's menu that can cater to your needs. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Buca di Beppo has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Buca di Beppo — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks. A private room is available for reservation at Buca di Beppo for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate. Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out. Buca di Beppo's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Delivery and take out are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home. If you need to feed a big crowd, Buca di Beppo also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. The neighboring lot provides free parking to diners. Buca di Beppo's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
6045 E 86th St.
Indianapolis,
IN
US
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