Italian Restaurants in Nebraska

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The family behind Grisanti's draws upon nearly four decades in business while crafting Italian dishes from recipes they’ve developed through the years. Wreaths of steam twist around chefs as they sprinkle spices into homemade soups, and eggplant parmesan cooks to the golden color of an alchemist’s business card. Hickory-smoked gouda, parmesan, and romano cheeses melt across pizzas, complemented by red and white wines from California and Italy. The glasses sing together in toasts in the restaurant's open storefront or private dining rooms modeled after scenic Italian locales such as a Venetian courtyard and Super Mario's chalet.:m]]

10875 W Dodge Rd
Omaha,
NE
US

There's a dish to satisfy every taste at Spaghetti Works, where diners can customize meals to their hearts’ and mouths’ content. Plates of fettuccini or whole-wheat mostaccioli can be enjoyed with sweet italian sausage, beer-cheese sauce, and a wide variety of other toppings. Meanwhile, the restaurant's cooks also prepare classic Italian dishes, such as homemade lasagna and shrimp scampi, and craft gluten-free pizzas and pasta bowls. Diners can cap meals with beer, wine, a cocktail, or more than 20 flavors of Italian sodas.

Known as a family-friendly establishment, Spaghetti Works delights both children and adults with its quirky decor. All three locations feature red-checkered tablecloths and vintage model T trucks, the backs of which hold salad bars with all the fixings. And at all three locations, guests can admire the setting sun from an outdoor patio—a sight almost as beautiful as that of a kitten hatching from its shell.

228 N 12th St
Lincoln,
NE
US

Ingredient restaurant offers a smorgasbord of gourmet and customizable culinary bites in a quick-serve atmosphere, catering to dietary restrictions whenever possible. Local ingredients claim squatter's rights on the menu, sprucing up dishes such as the custom salads ($8.95), with more than 75 options to arrange into fully functioning veggie ecosystems.

3201 Farnam St
Omaha,
NE
US

Godfather's is a famiglia-friendly establishment boasting a menu of specialty pies, gluten-free pizzas, salads, wings, and other Italian delights. Pizzas range from the mini six-inch cheese for $2.99 to the jumbo 18-inch classic combo, which is run through the garden of veggies and then beaten mercilessly with pepperoni, ham, beef, and sausage for $21.99. True Dons, however, will prefer to build their own pizza. Start by choosing a crust—original (thick and rich), golden (pan-style and buttery), or thin (light and crispy)—then gather the most loyal outfit of pie-packers from a murderer's row of Italian sausage, pineapple, sour cream, jalapenos, mushrooms, and more. For wedge-eating enthusiasts who turn red with allergic rage when they eat pizza, gluten-free pizzas are available at the 48th Street location, providing 10 inches ($8.89–$12.99) of pre-prepared circular sexiness that never sees the same surfaces as the other pizzas—ensuring a pristine product. For more three-dimensional savories, load up on buffalo wings ($4.99), garden salad ($2.39), or garlic bread with cheese ($2.99).

5220 S 48th St
Lincoln,
NE
US

When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.

In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.

7641 Cass St
Omaha,
NE
US

Specializing in edible emporiums of excess, Sips & Subs assembles its gravity-defying bread skyscrapers with support structures of flavorful meats, ambrosial cheeses, and an abundance of tongue-tantalizing condiments. The party-worthy platter is piled high with sliced bread, hoagie buns, and tomato-basil wraps filled with your choice of savory combinations. Considered by some as the supreme Super Bowl snack, the tray feeds 20 to 30 people—or one offensive lineman's backup stomach.

1326 S 33rd St
Lincoln,
NE
US