Italian Restaurants in Tacoma

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Whether you stop in for a lingering lunch with a promising first date or a decadent dinner with a debonair art thief, the Ravenous board of fare will keep your hunger-crazed stomach from punching you in the lung. Mid-day munches run the gauntlet of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and pastas. The spicy Cajun-shrimp calzone ($9.50), hearty meatloaf sandwich ($8.50), and sesame-chicken salad ($9.50) are all guaranteed routine breakers. For an elegant evening, start with an order of spicy clams and mussels ($12) or focaccia and caramelized onions ($10) before moving on to a red-and-white-sauced Broadway pizza ($17) loaded with chicken, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, and tomatoes. Ravenous's pan-seared rib-eye steak ($24), served with Mediterranean mashed potatoes and drizzled with a mushroom-merlot demi-glace and crumbled blue cheese, will satisfy diners famished after a day of slow-motion car washing over the neighbor's objections, while the smoked-salmon tortellini ($19.50) swims upstream through a decadent walnut and blue-cheese cream sauce.

785 Broadway
Tacoma,
WA
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Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years—fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and complex versions. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the spicy italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible Da Vinci-shaped meat (a $16.99 value for a large), and more progressive pie enthusiasts may select the hawaiian barbecue-chicken pizza––a vacation-inducing amalgamation of grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and pineapple (a $16.99 value). Choose to indulge a creative culinary streak by designing a large Create Your Own pizza, selecting up to five toppings from an arsenal of dough accessories, including ham, banana peppers, and artichoke hearts (up to a $20.94 value). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.

7430 Pacific Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

Find the luck of the Irish at Cloverleaf Tavern. Dine in the restaurant or order for takeout, seven days a week. Pizza delivery is also available in certain areas. Enjoy the classic tavern menu with timeless appetizers like garlic cheese bread, fried zucchini, jalapeno poppers and chicken wings. Make your own menu item with the option to build your own pizza or burger. Salads and sandwiches are also available. The children’s menu has kid-approved favorites such as corn dogs, grilled cheese and chicken strips. No meal is complete without dessert, and Cloverleaf’s Apple Streusel Pizza tops it off with a traditional pizza crust lined with butter and topped with apple streusel and sour cream icing. Banquet facilities are available for parties and events up to 50 guests. When you’re finished with your meal, represent the Irish with Cloverleaf hats and shirts available for purchase.

6430 6th Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

Joe Stortini grew up in an Italian neighborhood, so good food was just a part of life. Likewise, his Italian parents always made guests feel welcome in their home. Inspired by that warmth, hospitality, and genuine care, Joe took up the restaurant business in hopes of recreating the comforts of his childhood without having to plaster the city in old family photos. At Joeseppi?s, a kind staff dishes out Italian favorites that are as tasty as they are fun to say, including chicken cacciatore, veal parmigiana, and seafood fettuccine. An adjoining New York-style deli ensures that visitors head home with Italian treats of their own, including fresh meats, cheeses, breads, and antipasti.

2207 N Pearl St
Tacoma,
WA
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Since 1978, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery has been providing great food and service throughout beach towns in California. Though not a “sports bar” or “brew pub,” they have an abundance of televisions and handcrafted beers. With a diverse menu featuring over 100 items and large portions, one can order anything from their famous deep dish pizza to simple soup. Their dozens of beers available on tap compliment their large menu, and some of their finest beers are even award winning. Now offering gluten free pizza and other menu items, as well as vegetarian options, there is something for everyone in the family.

4502 S Steele St
Tacoma,
WA
US

Awash in the glow of Adriatic's flickering forno, chef Bill Trudnowski fondly recalls a youth spent watching his father, the son of a butcher, prepare fresh farm-to-table cuisine. After a stint in the army, Trudnowski started a new career as a corporate executive chef, eventually opening Adriatic Grill, his first restaurant. Distinguished by locally sourced seasonal ingredients and careful preparation, dishes range from ocean-fresh shellfish and bone-in chops to eight flavors of thin-crust pizzas crisped inside a custom-built wood-burning oven. Bill, named the Best Chef of 2012 and 2013 by South Sound Magazine, is happy to accommodate special requests, whether they involve removing the gluten, substituting items, or writing his autograph in gravy.

4201 S Steele St.
Tacoma,
WA
US