Lunch at PaPa Pia

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 5th 2010 402 2

It’s Friday, the sun is shining, and I was feeling a little indulgent around lunchtime, so I walked down to PaPa Pia on Union Ave. for some pasta.

Penne Alfredo from PaPa Pia, Memphis, Tenn.

Penne Alfredo from PaPa Pia, Memphis, Tenn.

I had the lunch portion of penne alfredo. It was great – the portion was insanely reasonable, and the alfredo sauce wasn’t too thick and cheesy. There were chunks of fresh tomatoes scattered on top.

PaPa Pia’s is a casual Italian restaurant on Union Ave. downtown. I like them for lunch because they’ve got smaller, more manageable (and less expensive) portions of their entrees.

I can’t say the same for dessert, though. The piece of ricotta cheesecake I ordered was massive.

Ricotta cheesecake from PaPa Pias, Memphis, Tenn.

Ricotta cheesecake from PaPa Pia's, Memphis, Tenn.

I couldn’t finish it. I tried, but it was so amazingly rich that I gave up when I got down to the last inch and a half. I just couldn’t do it. What you can’t really tell from the photo is that the top of the cheesecake is a quarter-inch thick layer of chocolate ganache.

PaPa Pia’s is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Go There:

PaPa Pia’s

83 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Gina says:

    @the cheesecake — oh. mah. gah.

  2. David says:

    PaPa Pia’s is one of my favorites! Good food and friendly people. Try the chicken Parma. Really good!

  3. Jonathan C says:

    My wife and I love Papa Pia’s!!! It’s one of our “fancy date night” places!! We use to get coupons from to dine there but they aren’t on the list anymore. Still, we will go and enjoy all of it’s goodness!!

  4. Robert Ahmed says:

    i love Italian Food specially those juicy pastas. They are really delicious.:””

  5. i always love italian food, they are really tasty like indian foods.:~;

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