Italian Restaurants in Kentucky

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Jerry's Restaurant opened in 1961, and since then it's served family-style meals, which incorporate some of the 15+ vegetables the kitchen uses. The team cooks breakfast, lunch, dinner, and whatever meal humans think up next. Their food ranges from cheesy spaghetti and lemon-pepper chicken entrees to potato skin and onion ring entrees. Jerry's serves the popular J-Boy sandwich—a double-decker cheeseburger with a special sauce—and even a hot fudge cake.

4127 Lexington Road
Paris,
KY
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Named one of the Top 100 Places to Drink in the South by Imbibe, Bourbon’s Bistro fills glasses with more than 130 varieties of rare bourbons including Heaven Hill, Ancient Age, and Old Rip Van Winkle. In the restaurant, located within a 1877 building, diners feast upon bourbon-inspired meals seated at one of many cozy tables lining a brick wall decorated with pictures of the past and midnight blue curtains. The bone-in pork chop exudes the sweetness of bourbon with a topping trio of caramelized apples, country ham, and bourbon glaze, while the Maple-leaf Farms duck breast is paired with roasted fingerlings, caramelized brussels sprouts, bacon lardons, and aged balsamic.

2255 Frankfort Ave
Louisville,
KY
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Casanova Italian Restaurant's owner Leo Capezzuto is one of eleven siblings, so it's no surprise that he has made Casanova a family affair. Leo is the proprietor, and the restaurant features cheeses made by hand by his brother and ingredients sourced from his sister's store, Sapori D'Italia. All of these factors culminate in a menu of authentic Southern-Italian cuisine that showcases more than fifteen different types of pasta, such as the scialiatielli con gamberi—artisan handmade egg pasta tossed with shrimp that chefs sauté with garlic, olive oil, and fresh cherry tomatoes. To prepare the filetto al pepe verde, they simmer a dry-aged Angus filet mignon in butter, and then top the delicacy with green peppercorns and cream brandy sauce. The menu also sources seafood from renowned fish regions, culling cuts of Atlantic salmon, Pacific swordfish, and Pacific cod. Like a DJ's closet, the wine list features more than 35 labels, collecting red, whites, and sparkling wines under the same roof.

855 S Broadway
Lexington,
KY
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In 1818, George and Elizabeth Moore built a new house in which to raise their future family. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, would go on to spend her entire life in the home her parents had bequeathed to her. When Rick Kelley and David Sears decided to transform the historic residence into a restaurant nearly a century after her passing, they chose the name to honor its longest-term resident. They also added a 3,000-square-foot expansion and restored the fireplaces, wood flooring, and brick walls to their original appearance.

Thanks to these refurbishments, Mariah’s old home seems to have found new life in the 21st century. Where she used to cook, chefs now hand-cut steaks and slide thin-crust pizzas into a large brick oven for firing. As Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structure, the nearly 200-year-old Mariah Moore House offers diners much to gaze at if they can pry their eyes away from the hearty fare on their plates. The building’s historic accents include a Brunswick bar top from the 1880s, an aged carousel horse, and a TV-video wall salvaged from Grover Cleveland’s presidential situation room.

801 State St
Bowling Green,
KY
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Mama Lea's Kids Zone is aptly named. With fun games for all ages (including toddlers), plus pizza, this is the place to keep the kids happy. But the grownups should leave content, too, thanks to a menu packed with buffalo chicken wraps, philly steak and cheese sandwiches, and build-your-own pizzas. Along with being the spot for everyday family meals, Mama Lea's Kid Zones also hosts birthday or sports team parties.

2803 W Parrish Ave
Owensboro,
KY
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Homemade meatballs, ham smothered in sweet-barbecue sauce, and melted cheeses cover pizza crusts and fill the space inside hoagie rolls at Fatty Patty’s Pizza, named one of Cincinnati's 50 Best Pizza Places of 2012 by Cincinnati Magazine. Diners can build their own pies from the ground up or place their trust in Fatty Patty's capable hands by ordering pizzas off the menu, such as the pizza bianca topped with fresh garlic, ricotta cheese, and tomatoes or the buffalo-chicken pizza with hot sauce, jalapeños, and grilled chicken. The kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends, and a staff of delivery drivers is on hand for whenever people get a craving for steak or chicken hoagies at home or while stuck in line at the DMV.

642 Main St
Covington,
KY
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