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Indiana Foodways: Italian Trail

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like Italian food. Find restaurants run by generations of families or ones that just feel that way. This trail offers fine dining in addition to casual family restaurants. Some even mix in a few other nationalities for a popular and unique experience that keeps bringing people back.

Arni's at Market Square

Arni's  has been a Lafayette tradition for more than 40 years and serves pizza, salads, sandwiches, soups and pasta.The fascinating children's room features vintage toy and game collections, and The Loading Dock, a 21 and over bar, has a warehouse theme with scales, packing cases and a real semi truck for ambience. The big front room may be spare by comparison, but it buzzes with locals enjoying Arni's Famous Jr. Salad with signature homemade salad dressings, fabulous thin crust pizzas (try the pepperoni) pastas, hot sandwiches, soups, munchies and big rich desserts including caramel apple granny and cheesecake.

Bruno’s (Big O Sports Room) 


For more than 50 years the Itin family has offered its customers multi-national cuisine in West Lafayette. Bruno Itin's native Swiss recipes for cheese fondue, veal gschnetzels and weinerschnitzel along with classic Italian and American dishes are served in comfortable chalet style dining rooms or in the Purdue-inspired Big O Sports Room. The hot yeasty Bruno's Dough Balls are a knockout appetizer and their famous hand-tossed pizzas always have a lot of cheese and a great crust. Dessert pizzas feature apple butter, or peanut butter with chocolate chips.

Carriage Inn


Visit the quaint Carriage Inn  in Tell City and enjoy the catastrophe pizza, piled high with all of your favorite toppings!

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant

Established in 1976, Caruso’s  is a family owned and operated restaurant. They serve traditional family recipes along with the latest trends in Italian cuisine and seafood. Stop in for a fresh fish entree or a gourmet pizza.

Chicago Joe’s 


Located in LaGrange, Indiana, Chicago Joe’s is a stop you won’t want to miss! Chicago Joe's specializes in homemade Chicago-style food including: pizza, hot dogs, polish and Italian beef, sausage, meatball sandwiches. Gyros, fresh cut fries and tamales round out our terrific menu.

Iannarelli's Italian Restaurant

Iannarelli’s Italian Restaurant  is known as the little red house with the big Italian taste! Voted the best pizza in LaGrange County, Iannarelli’s doesn’t disappoint. Sip on a speciality drink as you enjoy a meal made from authentic, family recipes.

Matteo’s Ristornate Italiano

The premier Italian experience in the midwest in a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. Located on the square in downtown Noblesville, Matteo’s Ristornate Italiano  is the perfect place to try some authentic Italian cuisine or sip on a glass of wine.

Pizzology Craft Pizza and Pub

Pizzology  has always held the belief that better food comes from better sources.They take a great deal of pride in sourcing as many of their high quality ingredients as possible from farms that share their commitment to raising animals and vegetables with integrity. Food grown locally and with integrity is not only better for our land and for our guests, it simply just tastes better.

Sandra D’s Italian Garden

Sandra D’s Italian Garden  serves Italian food just like Grandma used to make it. Since 2001, Sandra D’s has been family owned and operated. They use quality ingredients from local farmers in order to create the tastiest meal possible.Their made from scratch, homemade desserts will be the best you’ve ever had.

The Post

Have a cold beer and fresh slice of pizza in Tell City at The Post .

Tre Bicchieri

Enjoy simple but delicious food at Tre Bicchieri. Tre Bicchieri  has an eclectic menu featuring classic Italian cuisine along with new, exciting dishes. A dessert menu of Italian classics and their hand-picked wine, beer and liquor list offers choices to suite any palate and preference.