Iozzo's Garden of Italy

Downtown Indianapolis

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In a Nutshell

Award-winning Italian eatery modernizes family recipes to craft plates of goat-cheese scallops, lasagna bolognese, and lamb chops

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Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.

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$49 for an Italian dinner for two, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $115 total value)
$59 for an Italian dinner for two, valid Friday or Saturday (up to a $115 total value)

  • One shared appetizer, such as crab cakes or bruschetta (up to a $15 value)
  • Two entrees, such as veal marsala or scallops with orange zest (up to a $36 value each)
  • Two glasses of wine, domestic beers, or soft drinks (up to a $14 value each)
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Iozzo’s Garden of Italy

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.

Customer Reviews

The food is simply amazing. The portions are quite large. The service is the best anywhere. There wine and martini list is impressive.
Tracy F. · May 23, 2014
Thank you for always making us feel so welcome & appreciative of our business.
Beth R. · June 30, 2013
great ambiance! great food!
Tracey N. · May 2, 2013
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    Downtown Indianapolis

    946 S Meridian St

    Indianapolis, IN 46225

    +13179741100

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