Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon to Nino's Italian Restaurant in Signal Mountain. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare on Friday–Saturday.
- For $10, you get $25 worth of authentic Italian fare on Monday–Thursday.
Nino's Italian Restaurant honors the history of the Italian eatery, concocting homemade Sicilian dishes made with fresh ingredients from a menu inspired by different Sicilian denominations. The cozze mussels, a pasta dish, rests farm-raised mussels in wine sauce with garlic or a light tomato sauce over linguini ($15.75 for dinner). A Nino's capricciosa pizza placates ornery taste bud clusters with a 12-inch barrage of imported cured ham and artichoke hearts ($13.25 for dinner), while a heated helping of arrabiata places a blanket of imported pancetta, hot crushed red peppers, and traditional tomato sauce on top of penne pasta ($8.95 for lunch).
Founder Nino Piccolo was born and raised in Sicily, Italy, where the siren call of Italian cooking brought him to the shores of culinary preparation. After relocating to the states, Nino opened a restaurant that serves the dishes he grew up enjoying and prepared the way he was taught; by crafting tomato sauces using vine-ripened tomatoes, including only fresh ingredients, incorporating specialty cheese, and cooking each strand of pasta to perfection. Nino's truly authentic Italian dishes allow patrons to enjoy the tastes of Italy without stamping their passports or travelling inside lawless, ocean-spanning pneumatic tubes.
Nino's Italian Restaurant
Nino Piccolo grew through adolescence in Sicily, where he acquired the culinary prowess to craft pizzas and pastas from centuries worth of classic Sicilian recipes. At Nino's Italian Restaurant, his dishes remain true to that cultural and familial tradition, stressing the importance of authenticity by drawing on ingredients imported from Italy and specialty cheeses imported from the moon. The salsiccia entree exemplifies Old-World tastes with fresh-ground italian sausage slow-cooked in tomato-basil sauce squeezed from fresh, vine-ripened fruit, and the Nonna entree, nicknamed "Grandma's pasta," edges out hunger with rigatoni under eaves of sweet, roasted peppers, pancetta, and capers. A façade of windowpanes allows natural light to fall upon red-and-white-checked tablecloths and a painting of a sunrise tinged with teal and yellow. Tabletop lamps illuminate plates and add dramatic flair to ghost stories indoors, whereas Mother Nature brightens an outdoor patio humming with ceiling fans.
720 Mississippi Ave.
Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377Get Directions