Located at 2202 South 20th Street, is Piccolo’s Italian Steak House. A family friendly restaurant, Piccolo’s has been an Omaha favorite for lunch and dinner since 1934. Piccolo’s menu items are reasonably priced and the service is prompt. And, because of its proximity to the downtown area, it is a frequent choice of Omaha business workers. Piccolo’s dining hall is spacious and quiet, but the lighting is somewhat dim. Piccolo’s has a large party room and competitive rates for wedding banquets and special occasions. During our last visit, members of our party had the pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and roast beef sandwiches as well as the mostaccioli with meatballs. All the portions were generous and the food satisfying.
Piccolo’s serves dinner daily, and lunch Monday through Friday. You typically do not have to call ahead for reservations. And, there is plenty of parking street side and on the north side of the building. Give it a try when you are in South Omaha and Happy Motoring!
Located at 2620 North Main Street in downtown Elkhorn, is Bella Vita Ristorante. Bella Vita is a pleasant fine dining experience. We have enjoyed the comfort of the inside dining hall, but much prefer sitting at one of the patio tables out back at sunset when the weather suits. Choose from their large selection of Italian wines. Start with some antipasti/appetizers. We like the bruschetta and hard breads. Bella Vita has a large selection of authentic Italian dishes on their menu. The food is good but not great – but the ambiance and service is superior. Bella Vita serves dinner daily at 3:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Give it a try when you are in Elkhorn. Happy Motoring!
Located at 6405 Center Street is Amato’s Cafe and Catering. Owned and operated by 70 years young, Sammy Amato, Amato’s may be THE best place in the midwest to dine for breakfast. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show, Amato’s continues to get accolades from the television shows host, Guy Fieri, as one of his personal favorites. Here is a link to a short clip from the show. The business at Amato’s is always bustling, and it no wonder. Sammy makes his sausage fresh daily and it is delicious. But it is more than the menu that makes Amato’s a fun dining experience. It is the friendly and gregarious owner and his wait staff. You are made to feel like family. Stop at Amato’s when you are in the midtown area. Tell Sammy that Omaha Driver sent you. Happy Motoring!
Located at 5021 Underwood Street in Dundee, is Pitch Pizzaria. Brought to Dundee by long time Omaha restaurateur, Willie Theisen, Pitch serves coal-fired oven baked pizza. At Pitch, guests can choose from a selection of signature pizzas on the menu, or one with their own choice of toppings. My wife and I ordered the pizza and bottle of wine for $25. The pizza crust is thin, delightfully crisp, with a pleasant charcoal flavor. Otherwise, the pizza is not memorable. The seating is family-style in many areas, so do not have an expectation of privacy when you visit Pitch. If you are gregarious and seeking an open, social setting, then you will be well pleased. The service was prompt and the waitress very helpful in corking and packaging our left overs. Worth a try if you’ve never experienced coal-fired. Happy Motoring!
Located at 13655 California Street is Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant. A chain, with locations in 12 states, Biaggi’s provides casual, relaxed dining in an elegant setting. Biaggi’s always starts your meal with a serving of Italian breads with fresh olive oil and parmesan cheese. The menu has a variety of appetizers, salads, and main courses from which to choose. The three cheese Lasagna Bolognese was delicious. Others in our group had the Seared Sea Bass and the Eggplant Parmesan. We were impressed with both the portion sizes as well as the presentation of the food. Biaggi’s has a large selection of modestly priced wines. Biaggi’s is open daily for lunch and dinner, and takes reservations for private events. Happy Motoring!
Located at 6920 Pacific Street is Caniglia’s Venice Inn. Established in 1957 by Eli Caniglia and his brothers, the Venice Inn is one of Omaha’s most well-known and popular Italian steakhouses. The menu contains several Caniglia family recipes from Sicily and Italy, including chicken and eggplant parmigiana, pesto linguini, and baked manicotti. The Venice Inn also serves great pizzas, prime rib, steaks, chops, chicken and sea food dishes. The restaurant has several banquet rooms that will host party sizes from 20 to 175 for all occasions. Our office management and staff have often held our Christmas celebrations at the Venice Inn. We’ve never been disappointed or walked away hungry. Caniglia’s serves lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm., and dinner Tuesday through Sunday after 5:00 p.m. Give it a try and Buon Appetito!
Located at 1108 Howard Street, in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market, is Vivace Restaurant. Voted Omaha’s Best Italian Restaurant in 2008 by the Reader’s Choice “Best of the Big O”, Vivace has always been one of my personal favorites, for its combination of great food and great atmosphere. With exposed brick interior walls, lots of heavy oak wood furnishings and elegant table linens, Vivace has a classy and inviting appeal to its guests. The Tilapia and the Lasagna Bolognese are both very good dinner choices, and their menu includes other contemporary Italian fare. Vivace has an extensive selection of Italian wines, unrivaled in Omaha. Vivace has a party room that will handle group sizes up to 30 people, and they are open 7 days a week, serving lunch and dinner. Try their Sunday Brunch. Benvenuto e felice motoring!
Pasta Amore is an excellent Italian Restaurant, located at 11027 Prairie Brook Road in Rockbrook Shopping Center, just south of 108th and Center. Pasta Amore’s master chef, Leo Fascianella, received his training in Italy, and knows how to prepare meals in authentic style. Our family thinks Pasta Amore’s lasagna is the best in Omaha. The portions are huge and presentation is excellent. There is also a large wine list to choose from. Open for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays. Give it try and Happy Motoring!
Located at 3001 S 32nd Ave., just 4 blocks west of the I-480 and Martha street exit, Lo Sole Mio is recognized as one of the best, authentic Italian restaurants in Omaha. You’ll be delighted with generous portions and prompt service, in a great ambiance. Start with fresh breads with olive oil, roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese, tomato and basil; and finish with Lo Sole’s famous Tiramisu and Cannolis. Everything on the menu is delicious. The air cleaner in your car or truck should be changed at least every 3,000 miles. Changing your air filter is easy. Consult your owners manual, and always use protective eye wear and gloves when doing repairs yourself. Happy Motoring!