Tantalizing daily specials—like lobster ravioli—from this Knoxville classic frequently voted Best Italian and Best Romantic Restaurant in Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville readers’ poll. Full bar. No checks.

As seen in YUMMM, The Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide

After 28 years as owners of Naples, Bob and Becky Luper are proud of their “old-school Italian” reputation, serving soul-satisfying favorites like minestrone, lasagna, and chicken piccata. “But we’re proud of our specials, too,” says Bob Luper, “The chef is always experimenting with new items, particularly fresh seafood dishes. We’ve been here a long time, but we keep up.”

Just one example of Naples’ Italian innovation: Calmari Regazzo, a steak hand-breaded and pan-fried in olive oil with Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. The restaurant’s award-winning wine list speaks Italian, too, with lots of chiantis, but it also offers “Red Wines of the World.” “We have quite a few California, French and Australian wines,” says Luper. The desserts can also be gratifyingly traditional, like tiramisu or the restaurant’s own spumoni, or somewhat unexpected, like the ever-popular chocolate-filled ravioli with raspberry sauce.

Its long association with the Bearden/Homberg neighborhood has created another special blend at Naples—of restaurant patrons. Along with being a special spot for before-formals and after-graduations, Mother’s Day, and other such celebrations, Naples’ regulars run the entire range of folks who love Italian food. “We get a lot of the UT crowd,” says Luper, “a lot of the Sequoyah Hills crowd—some of the wealthiest in Knoxville, and also the student in baggy shorts who comes for Spaghetti Night, $4.99 on Mondays.”

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Bar Details

Happy Hour Hard Liquor Dance Floor Live Music Karaoke Glow Sticks
Darts Foosball Pool Tables Shuffleboard Trivia Night Outdoor Seating


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 5 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 5 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 5 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Saturday 5 p.m.
9:30 p.m.

Comments » 2

JULESANN writes:

Italian Creme Cake was not very good for what you would expect at Naples. Possibly a mix and definitely no cream cheese in the frosting. Never to be had again at this restraunt -- I'll stick to the Canoli!

hockeyhillbilly writes:

I tried Naples after reading the high rating in Metropulse. I arrived at about 12:15 and was seated in a comfortable dining room. I requested a table so I could reveiw some school work. I mentioned to my server that this was my first visit and asked for recommendations for lunch. The server asked a few questions and made a suggestion which I accepted. The lunch special was impressive, but a little pricey. Overall this was a very positive experience all the way around. I look forward to my next visit.

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