Established by an Italian family who truly loves food, this “Italian restaurant with an American pub” will not disappoint. As a Kentucky Proud restaurant, they use only the finest ingredients that are fresh and never frozen. Authentic regional favorites and traditional Italian dishes provide a diverse menu that any customer can appreciate. Locally owned and locally loved, this Lexington eatery offers a laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for any lunch or dinner. 110 North Locust Hill Road • (859) 268-2068 •

There are Puccini’s locations sprinkled throughout Lexington, and they all want to make you smile with their award-winning menu. Enjoy large portions of pizza, pasta and sandwiches for exceptionally reasonable prices. From unique dishes and toppings to traditional Italian menu choices, Puccini’s offers something for everyone. They even offer an extensive gluten free menu! Try a Puccini’s Smiling Teeth location near you, it’s sure to become a favorite for the whole family. 833 Chevy Chase Place • (859) 269-0404 | 3090 Helmsdale Place • (859) 264-0505 | 3801 Dylan Place • (859) 223-1588 |

Enter the doors of Giuseppe’s, and you’ll swiftly be enchanted by a beautiful atmosphere, live jazz music and most importantly, world-class cuisine. Nestled down a quiet lane, this restaurant is an ideal location for anything from a romantic date night to a large family gathering. The main dining room, lounge and patio all create an ambience that provides an experience far superior to your average meal. Their expansive wine menu, fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, pasta and homemade desserts will have you coming back again and again. 4456 Nicholasville Road • (859) 272-4269 •

Stop by this downtown favorite for a one-of-a-kind dining experience that has been a Lexington tradition since 1973. Located in a remodeled 19th century synagogue, Joe Bologna’s provides an atmosphere unlike any other. The scenery is just an added bonus to the extensive menu. Start off with Joe B’s famous breadsticks and choose from a variety of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more. If the tremendous stained glass windows don’t draw you into this beautiful location, the food definitely will! 120 West Maxwell Street • (859) 252-4933 •

This upscale dining favorite is one of Lexington’s finest. Excellent customer service pairs with exquisite Italian dishes at this unique downtown location. Portofino is perfect for any occasion, offering seating in the wine room, sun room, party room and on the beautifully landscaped patio. Start with Portofino’s renowned wine list, then choose from locally sourced meat and cheese plates, pasta dishes and entrees. Your taste buds will thank you. 249 East Main Street • (859) 253-9300 •

Posted on 2015-11-27 by Mariah Scilley