We started out with a decent salad… We noted that from the time that we sat down, service was prompt and the servers were very courteous…a great change from our breakfast experience, but more in line with our earlier luncheon visit.
The meal was accompanied by a basket of Garlic Knots. They certainly look great…the problem was that we had to ask for them… Another problem was that we couldn’t detect any garlic in or about these rolls.
Laurie’s entrée was the Fettuccine Carbonara. This dish consisted of fettuccine noodles sautéed with smoked ham, bacon and Romano cheese in a creamy Alfredo sauce. It was fairly tasty, with nice Alfredo sauce. The only downside was that the ‘smoked ham’ appeared to be thin sliced deli meat. Still, Laurie enjoyed the meal.
I ordered the Romano Chicken… Asiago-encrusted chicken breasts with Alfredo sauce on a bed of linguini. It looked good and I enjoyed the meal, although it certainly didn’t fall into the “top Italian dishes I’ve ever had” category.
To summarize, the meal was very acceptable…good but not great. Classico Italian Pizza & Pasta is probably the best Italian restaurant in Loudon County Tennessee and its located in Tellico Village, a major development on Tellico Lake. Many of the residents in Tellico Village are retired and the restaurant should benefit from the fact that a segment of that population doesn’t explore too far from home.
Classico Italian’s pricing is a bit high in comparison to our favorite Italian restaurant in East Tennessee, Willie’s Italian Restaurant, which is an hour away in Seymour. The Chicken Parmesan at Willie’s is more flavorful than Classico’s offering and it’s less expensive…only $8.95 vs. $15.95! Both come with Garlic Knots and a salad. Willie’s salad is chilled and the Garlic Knots actually are loaded with garlic!
Enough said… Classico Italian Pizza & Pasta Restaurant is an acceptable choice for lunch or dinner. They do have live entertainment at times and we’ve had good reports in that regard. The restaurant is located at 318 Lakeside Plaza in Loudon Tennessee, just off County Road 444. (Tellico Parkway) Phone: 865-458-9316.