The Lynchburg City restaurant scene is alive and hopping! With a wide variety of restaurant chains and local mom-and-pop eateries alike drawing in the crowds throughout the City, there’s never been a better selection of quality food to try in town. One perennial favorite dish is pasta, and there are plenty of places in Lynchburg where you can get your noodle fix. Here are five.
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Open Sunday 11 AM-9 PM, Monday-Thursday 11 AM-10 PM and Friday-Saturday 11 AM-11 PM, Waterstone is located in Downtown Lynchburg on Jefferson Street within the lower part of the historic Craddock Terry Hotel. Waterstone primarily serves the gourmet pizza that gives it its name, but also provides a variety of other Italian-inspired options such as salads, sandwiches, and pastas. We recommend the Pappardelle Bolognese!
Isabella’s Italian Trattoria
One of many Italian-inspired restaurants in Lynchburg, Isabella’s sets itself apart with the atmosphere of a small, family-owned eatery with an attention to detail. Their large menu includes pastas, salads, soups, brick oven pizzas, paninis and sandwiches. We recommend trying their Homemade Sausage Pasta! Located on Boonsboro Road, they are open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-2:30, Tuesday-Thursday 5-9, Friday-Saturday 5-10 and Sundays 11-2.
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Carmela’s at the Loft
Located at 21771 Timberlake Rd, Carmela’s is a small restaurant with a dedication to Italian authenticity. They host Italian food and wine events, including a “Winesday Wednesday”, and have a variety of pastas and other traditional Italian fare. We recommend ordering their delicious Manicotti. Carmela’s is open Wednesday-Friday 11-9:30, Saturday 5-9:30 and Sunday 10-2.
Milano’s Italian Restaurant, located on Boonsboro Road, has an extensive array of Italian menu options, not the least of which is their pasta (try their Spaghetti Norma!) and specialty pizza. They also have a lunch buffet and catering service. Milano’s hosts live music every Wednesday from 7:30-10:30 for those who enjoy entertainment while they eat. They are open Sunday 11 AM-10 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 11 AM-10PM, Friday 11 AM-11 PM and Saturday 4 PM-11PM.
Main Street Eatery
Open 4:30-9:30 Monday-Saturday in Downtown Lynchburg, Main Street Eatery & Catering Co. was founded in 1997 by Urs and Michaela Gabathuler. They serve a selection of specialized Italian dishes, including pasta (we recommend the Pasta Rosa), and a long list of wine options. As the name implies, Main Street Eatery & Catering also offers catering services, along with online ordering through the Waitr App.
So the next time you’re craving pasta, or any other Italian food, check out these local restaurants and see just what kinds of delicious dishes you can try!