For pizza, pastas, calzones, and desserts in a comfortable downtown setting, head to Europa Pizzeria and Bakery (125 S. Wall St., 509/455-4051, daily 11 a.m.–midnight).
An Italian place with great specials, including a smoked salmon lasagna, is Luigi’s (245 W. Main, 509/624-5226, Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat.–Mon. 4–11 p.m.).
Rock City (W. 505 Riverside, 509/455-4400, Sun.–Thurs. 11:15 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:15 a.m.–9:30 p.m.) is a very popular Italian eatery with calzones, pastas, unusual pizzas, and such specialties as chicken al forno and Jack Daniel’s whiskey steak.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition