Day 20: Nino’s Italian Restaurant – Signal Mountain

by Jeff

The place you go to meet friends and get good Italian fare!

Outdoor dining at Nino's Italian Restaurant

Outdoor dining at Nino's Italian Restaurant - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Located on the front of Signal Mountain, just a 2 mile climb…Nino’s Italian Restaurant, formerly The Pastaria, is a very casual family restaurant. Many times you will see someone you know or make new friends.

Dining room at Nino's Italian Restaurant

Dining room at Nino's Italian Restaurant - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The ambiance is checkered table clothes and noisy when busy. While some say the service and food is “hit or miss”, I have always been pleased.

Penne Arrabiata (hot tomato sauce)

Penne Arrabiata (hot tomato sauce) 1-5 chilis - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

With each dish cooked to order using authentic Italian meats, cheeses and herbs you can’t go wrong.

Asparagi with grilled salmon :)

Asparagi with grilled salmon 🙂 - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

A few of my favorites are the Tonno al Pomodoro (Red Tuna), I always ask for peas, Asparagi (eggs and asparagus in pasta), and roasted red peppers served with crackers. Today the ice cream freezer was down and the dessert choice was either Tiramisu or Chocolate Mousse.

The patio is in bloom at Nino's

The patio is in bloom at Nino's - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Whenever the weather and temperature is comfortable we choose to sit outside and this early evening was perfect.

Nino’s offers a good selection of wines and bottled beers but today we carried in our own wine. Don’t ask me to explain the TN law of how or why but we love the option of bringing our own!

Amanda our server was very good and tolerant of us taking our time.  Jake ordered the Penne Gratatina which is a flavorful dish with fresh tomatoes, onions, roasted peppers and parmesan cheese. Priscilla ordered Arrabiata (3 out of 5 on the chili scale), Danielle the Asparagi, Patrice the large salad with grilled salmon and I had the Asparagi with grilled salmon.

Fresh salad with salmon and artichoke hearts

Fresh salad with salmon and artichoke hearts

All meals are served with a romaine lettuce salad, house dressing on the side and fresh baked bread with whipped butter.

Good Italian food Sicilian style, nice salads, decent wine list, good pizza, attentive service, convenient to Old Town. The only downside is the noise level (tile floors, busy place) and there is often a wait due to the small dining room.

Good food, price and service on Signal Mountain

Good food, price and service on Signal Mountain - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Bon Appetit
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Phyllis Browning October 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I am thinking about bringing a Senior Mixed Doubles Team (over 50 year olds)from Louisiana here on Saturday, March 23, 2012 for a team dinner. There will be 16-18 people , most being couples. Could you accommodate us and could you provide separate checks for the 8 or nine couples? Where could I see a menu? Do you serve wine or do you have a corkage free for bringing in wine? Thanks, Mrs. Robert Browning ( Phyllis) Team Captain

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