In addition to powering fleets of Ducatis, the sound of Italy’s constant, collective trilled ‘r’s lulls hungry American tourists into much-needed post-dinner naps. Dine on dreamy edibles with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 ($30 if redeemed Monday) worth of hearty Italian cuisine and drinks at Savelli’s Italian Restaurant.
The family-operated Savelli’s treats patrons to a dining experience that's chockfull of inspired Italian cuisine. Slice and twirl through a steaming plate of veal marsala ($17.99), sautéed in a portabella mushroom and marsala wine sauce and served over angel hair pasta, or explore the great mystery with Mama Savelli's chicken surprise ($14.99), tossed with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and a white wine lemon cream sauce. Sauces are made from scratch, and flavorful, gourmet cheeses enliven dishes like black pepper enlivens slugs. Warm up to a new flame over a pizza, sandwich, or savory baked entrée straight from Europe’s boot.
Savelli's Italian Restaurant
Although the menu features perennial Italian favorites, the homestyle touches are what earned Savelli's Italian Restaurant recognition on Metro Pulse's Best of Knoxville list in 2011. In addition to creating their signature marinara sauce from scratch, chefs also prepare their own garlic bread and hand-bread each order of chicken parmesan. Before baking their pizzas, they load them with toppings from a list of more than 25 possibilities, which include caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and italian sausage. Though Savelli’s pours up frosty beers, they encourage guests to bring a favorite bottle of wine or decanter full of grapes from home.
After exiting the kitchen, orders make their way to a vibrant dining room, where cinched red curtains flank the windows, and tables perch on red linoleum flooring. Framed paintings adorn the neutral-tone walls, including one track-lit picture of an Italian village.