When most people think of iconic Tennessean food what comes to mind is likely images of Memphis-style barbecue or Nashville hot chicken. While these are both excellent examples of The Volunteer State’s culinary offerings, Tennessee has much more to offer than barbecued and fried meat. Hidden within the state’s major cities you’ll find several establishments serving food so authentically Italian you’ll swear you were in Rome.

Hot chicken and barbecue restaurants may get most of the attention in The Volunteer State, but if you look more closely you will find there are many more places for good eats in Tennessee, including ones where you can have an excellent, authentic Italian meal. The next time you are in Nashville, Memphis, or Knoxville be sure to stop by one of the restaurants on this list. Have you been to any of the places we covered here? Let us know about your meal in the comments.

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