Stefano’s melts the best pizza recipes from Italy and Chicago into the healthy, fresh flavors of California and the Mediterranean and bakes it all into a one-of-a-kind pizza pie. Choose from the delicious white or whole-wheat crust, add toppings so fresh you think you picked them yourself, grab a cold pint from the large beer collection and dig in. Stefano’s also features a savory salad bar and offers food specials daily.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide:

It’s the nature of a college town to have traditions. Sometimes those traditions spread from around campus to a broader appreciation around town—especially when they taste good. That’s why Stefano’s has been going strong on the Cumberland Avenue Strip since 1977 and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Still in its original location, Stefano’s looks very much as it did 37 years ago and remains popular with students, alumni, and Knoxvillians at large. The location of many a first date, Stefano’s is also the place of many anniversaries as happy couples return to celebrate those first romantic encounters. And recently, the restaurant was visited by a guest who was there on the restaurant’s opening day. It takes a special kind of something to make fans for life.

For Stefano’s that special thing is a unique, thick-crust pizza that’s built to handle a plate-full of toppings like nothing else can. The pizzas are baked in a 2 ¼-inch pan that gets filled up and over with your choice of 39 toppings. To help you picture what all that’s like, the regular pizzas are covered with a ½-pound of cheese—and that increases to a whopping ¾-pound if you’re inclined to ask for extra.

Stefano’s also features both a white and a whole-wheat crust. Whereas other pizza joints have struggled and failed to win fans for their wheat crust, Stefano’s customers are equally divided between the options. And while the folks at this pizza parlor are proud of their work, they’re no iconoclasts—you can get a pizza anyway you want it and that includes a thin crust, too.

One of the outstanding facts about Stefano’s is that the vegetables are cut in-house—including the onions. Produce comes to the restaurant daily, so it’s fresh and free of worries like hidden MSG or other preservatives that can show up with bags of pre-cut veggies. That’s also true for the restaurant’s salad bar. Maintaining that kind of freshness is a point of pride for this restaurant and may account for its popularity with vegetarian eaters.

There are four kinds of sauce available: traditional red, white Alfredo style sauce, a basil pesto option, and BBQ. If the BBQ options seems odd, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it: it’s remarkably tasty.

Stefano’s is a fine destination on any day of the week, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. are particularly popular because those are the only times when there’s a buffet available. So make sure that you plan ahead and plan to get there early.

Of course, if you live between the Old City and Sequoyah Hills, you can order for delivery, but if you haven’t visited the Strip in a while, Stefano’s is a good reason to make the trip; that’s true whether you’re making a maiden voyage or revisiting fond memories of traditions that still taste great.

Restaurant Details

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


Day Opens Closes
Sunday noon 11 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. 11 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 11 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 11 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 11 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. midnight
Saturday 11 a.m. midnight
Day Business Hours
Sunday noon
11 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.
11 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
11 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
11 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
11 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.

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