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🍕 A Taste of Italy, A Feel of Home

Contributor: Jamie Richardson


If you’re a lover of Italian cuisine, Nonna’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Concord is a must-visit for you. 😋💯

This family-owned and operated business has been serving authentic and delicious Italian food to its customers since 2015. At Nonna’s, every dish is made fresh to order, showcasing the finest ingredients and the expertise that comes from years of experience.

👨‍🍳 At the heart of the restaurant’s culinary excellence lies the remarkable expertise of Chef Francesco.

With a culinary journey that began in a bakery in Bari, Italy at the age of ten, he embarked on a quest to broaden his skills by apprenticing under esteemed French and Italian chefs in France.

  • Bringing this wealth of knowledge and experience to the United States, Chef Francesco opened his first sub/pizza shop in Florida in 1999, marking the beginning of a remarkable culinary career.

Today, his exceptional culinary background, creating exquisite dishes, and his passion for family shape your dining experience at Nonna’s.

  • From the moment you step into the restaurant, you’ll feel the warmth and hospitality of the family that runs it. At Nonna’s, they believe that food is the heart of the home.

Chef Francesco and his wife Carla have created an inviting atmosphere that mimics the feel of gathering around the family table. Customers are greeted with genuine warmth, and Chef Francesco often emerges from the kitchen to engage with diners, creating a sense of familiarity and nostalgia. You might even catch Nonna herself helping out in the kitchen on the weekend.

The restaurant’s ambiance makes it the perfect place for friends and families to reconnect and share cherished moments over a delicious meal. Nonna’s has become a place where patrons are known by name, adding a personal touch to every visit.

Upon entering the door, the aroma of freshly baked bread and simmering sauces fills the air, transporting you to the heart of Italy.

  • With an unwavering commitment to authenticity, Nonna’s prides itself on being a scratch kitchen, preparing all dishes fresh and made-to-order.

Everything, from the pasta to the sauces, and even the desserts are made in-house daily with care and attention to detail… the same way they would make it at home. In particular, Nonna’s is known for their marinara sauce, which is made from an old family recipe. They’ve been told by many that they have the best marinara sauce in town.

Photo Credit: Nonna’s Facebook

Their extensive menu boasts authentic Italian favorites, such as the flavorful Zuppa de Pesce, a tantalizing dish featuring mussels, clams, calamari, and shrimp served with your choice of mild marinara, spicy Fra Diavolo, or white wine garlic sauce over linguine pasta.

  • If you’re craving a classic, the Lasagna made with homemade pasta sheets, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce will surely satisfy your appetite.

Another favorite is the Penne Alla Vodka, featuring penne pasta tossed with red peppers, onions, and a creamy vodka sauce. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Chef Francesco’s specialty cakes, like the irresistible Limoncello Cake, are a must-try. Nonna’s also offers catering services.

Zuppa de Pesce
Photo Credit: Nonna’s Facebook
  • “Went for the first time last night with my friend after hearing great things about Nonna’s and I already want to go back. The food was absolutely delicious!! We got the garlic knots (soft, fresh, and delicious), Gorgonzola pasta, and cake (lemon blueberry and chocolate, raspberry, and jalapeño) and we loved all of it. I had to get another order of gorgonzola pasta to go because it was so good. It’s obvious how much love and care they put into their food. Our server Jeff was phenomenal–the service was warm, quick, and attentive. We had multiple people checking in that we had everything we need, including the owners. Nonna’s is a cozy Italian spot with amazing food that I’ll definitely be visiting frequently!”

– Ilona S.

Nonna’s stands as a testament to the power of passion, family, and authentic cuisine. Chef Francesco and Carla’s unwavering commitment to quality, their scratch kitchen, and their warm and welcoming atmosphere make Nonna’s a must-visit destination for Italian food enthusiasts in Cabarrus County and beyond.

🏆 Their commitment to excellence has been recognized, with accolades like The Best of Cabarrus award and being featured as the “Best Italian Restaurant in North Carolina” on America’s Best Restaurants.

Whether you’re craving a comforting plate of pasta or a mouthwatering pizza, Nonna’s is the place to visit.

To stay updated on the latest specials and events, be sure to follow Nonna’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.


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