One of my jobs in our FMCA RV club is to plan our June rally and since I have a fondness for the quiet side of the Smokies (other side is Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge), I wanted to check out campgrounds in Walland and Townsend, TN. So we decided to make it a day trip, including lunch, and with a recommendation from a campground owner, we headed for Brianna’s Italian Restaurant and Cuisine.
I was raised on real deal Italian food and am a real snob about the cuisine (I don’t go to chain Italian restaurants) so I was hopeful based upon the good recommendation.
The small restaurant is located at one end of a small strip mall and has a 6-8 seat counter, two six person tables and about a half dozen booths.
We got there about 1:15 and were the only customers – while very busy in the summer, Townsend is pretty dead in the winter and this was one of only 3-4 open restaurants. Our waitress came quickly and I was encouraged to learn she grew up on Italian food from her first generation Italian-American grandparents and she thought Brianna’s food was very good and I was further encouraged to learn the owners were just second generation Italian-Americans.
At $19.95, Bev ordered a large Danny’s Deluxe pizza (sausage, pepperoni, beef, green pepper, onion, mushrooms) so we would have plenty of leftovers for breakfast the next morning – a favorite of ours.
It was very good with a nice crispy crust and plenty of toppings.
Our friend Joe had gone with us and he ordered spaghetti and meatballs ($11.45) and said it was very good.
I ordered the Trio Special ($15.95) which included lasagna, a stuffed shell, and ravioli (with choice of stuffings). It came with butter and garlic topped rolls and a tossed salad with good Italian dressing.
For me, most Italian food is all about the tomato sauce and this was the real deal – you know it’s fresh when the sauce for Alfredo dishes is made for each order. I thought my meal was excellent and I would make the hour drive just to eat at Brianna's - I will also plan to take our rally group there.
Check the menu here - the prices seemed about right for a tourist town.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
1/4/19 event date