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Italian Restaurants in Iowa City


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  • Wig and Pen East
    A culinary gem, Wig and Pen East in Iowa City is a popular spot for flavorsome pizza and good subs. It's a popular spot for visitors interested in outstanding food. Thanks to its outdoor seating, Wig and Pen East is a great option when the Midwest weather is nice. Also, most people will probably tell you that the restaurant is defined by its chicago style pizza. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. When you arrive, you should check out the thin crust pizza or the deep dish pizza, as either one is sure to make an impression. For those keeping an eye on their diet, the robust menu does feature items that are gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a good selection at its bar. Specializing in dinner, a visit to Wig and Pen East is definitely worthwhile. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
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    363 N 1st Ave
    Iowa City, IA US
  • Bob's Your Uncle
    OK, not your uncle. "Bob's your uncle," a century-old British slang phrase, refers to anyone with a bright future, and if Executive Chef Sal Hnesh's previous endeavors are any indication, this restaurant can most certainly count "Bob" among its kin. Renowned for his pizza, Chef Hnesh, a 30-year veteran of the Iowa City culinary scene, hurls dough sky-high before peppering fresh ingredients across thin, medium-thick, pan, or stuffed-crust pies. The menu oscillates from gourmet pizza to homestyle comfort fare such as liver and onions, goulash, shepherd's pie and roast beef served on gravy-smothered sourdough. Many gluten-free options available, as are pasta, salad, and sandwich options, all with generous portions.
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    2208 N Dodge St.
    Iowa City, IA US
  • Gumby's Pizza
    With a menu loaded with pizzas and calzones, cheesy breadsticks, and flavorful wings, Gumby's ovens satisfy voracious cravings into the wee hours of the morning. The pizza makers start each day by making mounds of dough by hand, which they decorate with more than 15 inventive toppings, such as alfredo sauce, chicken tenders, and feta cheese, to create specialty pizzas and personalized pies. The same hand-tossed dough serves as a foundation for their famous Pokey Stix, which are smothered in garlic butter, Italian spices, and heaps of mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then cut into strips exactly the length of Abraham Lincoln's foot. To complement the bubbling pizzas, buffalo and boneless wings can be tossed in tangy barbecue, honey mustard, sriracha, or one of four other sauces.
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    702 S Gilbert St., Suite 103
    Iowa City, IA US
  • Cafe Dodici
    Lorraine Williams is a firm believer in the power of positive energy. That's why she consulted a feng shui expert in China while designing her restaurant and why she named that restaurant after the Italian word for 12—the number around which we structure time, measurements, and music. Cafe Dodici has since thrived under her influence, attracting diners from far and wide with its good vibes and Italian meals. The Iowan even estimates that 85% of its visitors are from out of town, and recounts how an Illinois couple has stayed in the upstairs guest suite for Valentine's day for the last four years. The menu keeps its dishes simple, steering clear of ingredients that tend to overwhelm the palate, such as salt, garlic, and Junior Mints. Instead, the kitchen lets its clove- and nutmeg-spiced tomato sauce speak for itself. In the sugo di carne, the sauce covers ground beef and pork mixed with tagliatelle pasta, but you can also order it as part of a classic: house-made meatballs and spaghetti. Other entrees include spinach- and gouda-stuffed chicken roulades, a roasted half-duck in an orange-rosemary glaze, and lobster-stuffed ravioli. And, should you stop by before dinnertime, the café serves lunch sandwiches as well as baked goods and coffee in its adjoining shop.
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    122 S Iowa Ave
    Washington, IA US
  • Sam's Pizza
    Have a relaxing night with a refreshing beverage and tasty pizza at Sam's Pizza. Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu. Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Sam's Pizza. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Sam's Pizza, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Sam's Pizza — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Get online gratis thanks to Sam's Pizza's complimentary wifi. Skip long waits and head to Sam's Pizza with your large group for easy seating. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the pizzeria is rather noisy. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Sam's Pizza is come-as-you-are. Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere. Parking is easy at Sam's Pizza, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by. Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
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    441 S Gilbert St
    Iowa City, IA US
  • A and A Pagliai's Pizza
    Take a break with a hot slice at A and A Pagliai's Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite in Iowa City's Mann community. Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at A and A Pagliai's Pizza. Order a bottle for the table if you like — A and A Pagliai's Pizza has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at A and A Pagliai's Pizza. Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to A and A Pagliai's Pizza for a group meal. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at A and A Pagliai's Pizza, known for its laid-back ambience. You can also have A and A Pagliai's Pizza cater your next event. If time is of the essence, A and A Pagliai's Pizza's take-out option may be a better fit. Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria. Meals at A and A Pagliai's Pizza are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
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    302 East Bloomington Street
    Iowa City, IA US

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