9 Best Italian Dishes from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Take a look back at Guy Fieri's favorite Italian eats from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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Beef Cheek Manicotti — Torino's at Home (Albuquerque, NM)

Run by a wife from Italy and a husband from France, Torino's at Home quickly became a local favorite. Their Beef Cheek Manicotti with red wine, veal stock, veggies and bechamel is something you'd be hard-pressed to find outside of Europe.

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Meatball Sliders in Red Sauce — Catelli's (Geyserville, Calif.)

Catelli's famous tomato sauce is good on just about anything, but beef and sausage meatball sliders might be the perfect complement. They're cooked fresh for every guest, so they're always just as good as the first time you had them.

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Brick Roasted Chicken — Marie's Italian Specialties (Chatham, NJ)

Imagine if you could have baked and fried chicken at the same time. Well, here you can. After a spice rub, the chicken gets baked for a while, then fried to perfection. As if that's not enough, it's served with creamy polenta and broccoli rabe.

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Meat Tortellini — Italian Corner (East Providence, RI)

Made in a pasta machine straight out of Milan, the meat tortellini includes beef, mortadella, prosciutto and salami, and it gets topped with the Italian Corner's classic ragu Bolognese. You'll have to go in on a Saturday night to get it, or you can buy it and prepare it yourself.

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Meat Ravioli with Butter-Garlic Sauce — Catelli's (Geyserville, Calif.)

Pork is marinated for two days before it's combined with beef, chicken and sausage to make the filling of the meat ravioli here. They finish them off with butter, salt, garlic, parsley and Parmesan cheese.

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Squid Ink Black Pasta — Torino's at Home (Albuquerque, NM)

Showcasing the unique style of the chef, the Squid Ink Black Pasta here is the perfect way to escape to Italy when you're really just a few miles from downtown Albuquerque. Sauteed calamari and local heirloom tomatoes round out this coastal-inspired dish.

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The Sacred Swine — Marie's Italian Specialties (Chatham, NJ)

The pork is brined, seasoned and roasted overnight before it gets piled high on a baguette with broccoli rabe, polenta, vodka sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Needless to say, it's definitely a popular sandwich.

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Lobster Ravioli — Rino's Place (Boston)

Everything here is made from scratch, including the epic Lobster Ravioli. Ricotta cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano and big chunks of freshly cooked lobster are all wrapped up beautifully in homemade pasta.

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Brasato Sandwich Special — Italian Corner (East Providence, RI)

When the owners of a joint were born and raised in Milan, you know you're going to get nothing less than authentic Italian. What some call Italian roast beef, they call Brasato. On a homemade roll with salsa rosa, lettuce and tomatoes, it's one of their best-sellers.

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