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Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Iozzo's Garden of Italy

Iozzo's Garden of Italy Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.iozzos.com
  • Phone: (317) 974-1100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm- 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kathy Jones
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kathy Jones (317) 974-1100
  • Entertainment: Live Music in Our Courtyard on the Following Dates in 2013
    Wednesday June 5, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
    Wednesday July 3, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
    Saturday July 13, 2013 - Indy Nile
    Wednesday August 7, 2013 - The Tides
    Saturday August 17, 2013 - Indy Nile
    Wednesday Septemper 4, 2013 - Jaden Street Jazz
  • Special Events & Promotions: Courtyard Opening Party Thursday May 16, 2013

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ray Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking is available on the East and West sides of Meridian Street.
A word from Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Originally established in 1930 Iozzo's Garden of Italy is the Newest Oldest Italian Restaurant in Indianapolis. The high quality menu features a mix of traditional Iozzo Family Italian fare along with a modern twist on Italian dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Great place for a date night. Staff was friendly, informative, and great all around!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The four of us had a wonderful time. The food was delicious we all had the iozzo's filet which was fabulous. The waiter was attentive, but not over bearing. We ate outside. The music was a little loud for trying to have some quiet dining for our group which made it difficult to hear. But overall a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food is fresh and well prepared and the staff is attentive. Sometimes they are BUSY, which speaks to their popularity; a wait might be longer than you would hope, but that's an exception. LOVE the patio and membership in the wine club is a nice perk, ALSO love the 1/2 off glasses of wine on Wednesdays. The specials are always good, and if you want something you've had in the past that isn't currently on the menu they will try to fix it if they can. Great food and special cocktails, interesting wines, decent desserts. Nice people. Its a little cramped sometimes and sometimes the entertainment on the Patio is louder than you'd like to carry on conversation at dinner. Bar seating is good and comfortable. One of my favorite places!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I met my family here to celebrate my birthday and in spite threatening rain we had a wonderful time on the patio. I love the ambience of the courtyard patio with the rough pavers and old, brick walls. The food is great and the service was attentive. I always enjoy the wine specials and this occasion was no exception."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We went here for my husband, Greg's, birthday. I loves the atmosphere and the food was spectacular! I'll go back specifically for the lasagna!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Might have been an off night? I usually visit at least twice a year. Not the best experience this time. The eggplant meatballs are a great starter. The tomatoes on the caprise, not so much. I love the pasta and meatballs, enough to take away. Adam, our server was the best but what can he do with a slow kitchen? Two hours was more than I wanted to spend on dinner and this place is not cheap. A compted cocktail would have been nice. I will try again, but after that?"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "When searching for a place for our anniversary dinner and wanting Italian, when the search field brought up this restaurant and I read the reviews, we had to try it. Great atmosphere, our waitress really knew her stuff and the value for what we received, I feel was real great. Her recommendations were spot on and when our appetizer failed to show, she/they stepped up with a couple of deserts on the house. I would highly recommend it to couples, especially for a " date night " place for those of us who have been married for awhile. It was relaxing and a quiet conversation could be enjoyed."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Iozzo's is a perfect spot when you want fabulous Italian food with variety and great service. I have never had a poor experience there and this visit for my mother's birthday was no exception."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Crowded on a Wednesday evening for 7PM reservations. Had to wait 30 minutes for a table to open up, but enjoyed half price glasses of wine at the bar. The manager sent us a nice appetizer for our wait. Two of us had the the generous lasagne dish which comes with two kinds of sauces (white and red). The server suggested adding meatballs to this all cheese item and they were delicious. Good luck trying to finish the whole portion. I suggest eating half and taking home the other half. My wife had the lobster ravioli, which was worth the higher price ($30). The only mild complaint is the pasta was smothered with sauce. Would have preferred less sauce on both dishes. The house salad was simple, light and tasty. No room for dessert this trip."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere. I always try to take clients from out of town there to provide a little of Italy in Indianapolis."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our evening started with waiting almost twenty minutes for a table despite having reservations. The half-price martinis that tasted like they had 1/4 of the alcohol. The kitchen was extremely slow -- our meal took over 2.5 hours. One dish had to be returned to the kitchen because it was cold in the middle. Our waitress's recognition of the issues and offer of free dessert was appreciated, but overall a disappointing evening."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time with family at lunch:) service was wonderful! Only negative about it was the attack of the Nats when lunch was served. Not really sure why!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "One of our favorite Italian restaurants in Indianapolis. The food is always excellent as is the service."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The outside dinning area is set up very nicely; tables and umbrellas in a nice courtyard type setting."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Visiting Indy for a conference, I found Iozzo's and made reservation before getting to town - what a fantastic choice! The wine list was outstanding and the food selection was impressive. While it is nearly impossible to actually duplicate the tastes found in food in Italy, Iozzo's did an excellent job attempting to replicate it. The lasagna with meatballs was incredible and enough food for 2-3 people! The restaurant had issues with their air conditioning and probably should add some ceiling fans just to move the air a little bit, but this was just a small thing in an otherwise wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We celebrated an anniversary dinner, and were treated like royalty. We were attended to when necessary, and given time to enjoy a conversation as well. The complimentary anniversary drinks were a nice surprise. Dinner was delicious, the wine flight was perfect, and the Manhattans were all they were cracked up to be. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Absolutely loved this restaurant! The atmosphere was exceptional and the food was even better. A beautiful romantic place to go for amazing Italian food. Would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My family and I went out for birthday within the family and we all selected grouper for our entree. Usually, Iozzo's prepares fish extremely well. However, this time, the fish was grilled too long and it was dry for all us. Yes, this was a disappointment! However, our family has dined at this establishment for several years and this is the first time we had a poor entree'. Hence, I rated the food at best a 2."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The head bartender is incredible...the food is as well...but the server was clumsy and not very descriptive when we asked questions over the menu. Courses were not timed at all and we were often left with no drinks at the table(no water,wine, nor whiskey). First (and hopefully last) bad experience here. Definitely be back...just may be a minute."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Normally I would rate a visit here as Very Good or Outstanding in every category, but on this night there were some problems with service and food. Our server was probably doing the best he could but I think the problem was understaffing. We were outside and rarely saw our server. Several times I had to get up and go inside to find someone to wait on us. It was a very busy night but I feel our table was shortchanged. Also, most of the food was very enjoyable, but I was served what seemed like canned green beans which I could barely eat. We assume this night was a fluke and next time will be better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary at our favorite restaurant, Iozzo's. The staff went out of their way to ensure we had a spectacular time! Service was perfectly paced and attentive without being too obvious. Food, as always, was exceptional. And the ambiance at this place cannot be beat."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The place was beautiful, but the service was very slow. The people were very kind and extremely accommodating for the birthday. That said, the quality of the food in the nicest of the staff cannot replace how slow it took for food and how we had to track them down to complete the checks."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the servers made our dining experience exceptional. I definitely will go back again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This has become a go to dining option. Service is friendly and helpful. Food is always top notch. A real gem for Indy."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is always a solid choice. Pan-seared grouper was prepared perfectly. Others in our group had chicken marsala and lobster ravioli, also very good. Has an interesting but not overly expensive wine list, although not all wait staff is knowledgeable. Have had appetizers at past visits, and these were very good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was our waiters first night on the job at Iozzo's and he did a great job! You would never have guessed it was his first night as he was very familiar with the menu and wine list. Iozzo's did a a nice job with training."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The lasagna might have been the best piece of food I have ever eaten. The Old Fashioneds were very good also."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was wonderful and quick enough for an elegant lunch. There is a little highway noise outside, but the garden is lovely, green, quaint. The server was super attentive and treated us like queens! I had the 3 cheese fire roasted pizza, and it was truly amazing. Cheeses, garlic and seasonings I would never have thought about putting together, and it was amazing! Generous amount of food for just over $10. And they have cloth napkins, glass drinking glasses, and real silverware, so it's still elegant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because of the reviews. We loved reading about the history of the restaurant and the menu was wonderful. We had the fish of the day (amberjack) and it was offered a multitude of different methods of preparation. We had it wrapped in parchment and it was very fragrant and tasty. The house salad dressing was exceptional. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable with great service. We were celebrating a special occasion and we all agreed it was a delightful dinner. We will definitely return and recommend to others. They had an extensive wine menu as well. I had the Italian margarita and my husband had the Italian beer on the menu in an authentic Italian glass. It was like traveling to Italy for the evening!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It was our anniversary. They started us off with complimentary champagne. We had 0.5 l vino di casa that was good. Scallops appetizers were heavenly. Salads are always good here. Our entrees we had salmon and amber jack (bronzed) with polenta. The best polenta in town too. Followed by Afogado desert for a fantastic finish. In the summer you have to eat out. It reminds me so much of a small back alley ristorante in Venetiza. Iozzo's does it right. Grazie!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I had the shrimp diavolo and my wife had the chicken fettuccine. We both really loved our entrees! Add that with the great salads that came with our meals, along with the scallops & goat cheese appetizer, it was an awesome meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great dinner this is the fifth time we have been to Iozzo's and the 1st time we were able to sit outside! WOW Loved the decor and it was a great night to sit outside. I waitress was a little slow but we were able to enjoy each other and have a great dinner with out being rushed. I think the she had tables inside and out but other staff was able to help and pick up her slack with was nice for her and us because we felt important! The baby Iceberg Salad was amazing and the Meatballs were Amazing as always! Topped off with the Limoncello Flute for Dessert! YUMMO!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoy the atmosphere and food at Iozzo's. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had been wanting to try this place for years. It met our expectations with a nice wine list and great food. Nice appetizer list - everyone loved the scallops. We had the lasagne and the chicken marsala. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the restaurant's past and gave us the history which was interesting. We had to wait for our table a bit, but as we waited we chatted with the two bartenders who were a lot of fun and even gave us a taste of one of their specialties. If only the weather wouldn't have been so hot, we would have enjoyed sitting outside in the patio. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was just okay and overpriced. I love my pasta and have been to many Italian restaurants. I ordered the linguine with calm sauce. Husband ordered shrimp diavoli and zozo shrimp for app. All was bland. I'm sorry but this probably not a place I would come back to if I had to choose. It was also hot but that could be due to us sitting by the door that lead to the patio. Unable to wash my hands after using the restroom. Someone said they had a plumbing issue and had to turn water off. Hmmmm… if I couldn't wash my hands how could the servers and cooks….."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our first visit here. Service was great. Some of the food was good. We had a problem with one of the dishes we ordered but they made it right. The chicken Picatta was average at best. We would try it again but maybe not soon"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Awesome food set in a lovely venue. The food was more than excellent and we loved the wine! A must try!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Iozzos is a great place for lunch if you work downtown. Parking is free and it's easy to get there. Food is fantastic! I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The restaurant had two large parties the night we attended. We were placed at an awkward table in the middle of two loud parties on either side. It was very loud. Because of the parties, the service was slow. We had an appetizer and dinner. the appetizer came within a reasonable time, then the salad (which was a little too heavy on peppery arugula for me), then we waited at least 30 minutes for our entree. They did comp us a round of drinks, and were very apologetic about it, and since we were in no hurry, it was fine. However, it was a two hour meal as a result. Once I received my meal - veal scallopini was excellent, my husband said his lasagna was very good. Other than the slow time to get the meal, everything else was good."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great place to Go for Something different iozzos is a great off the beaten path place. Nice old building gives you feeling if being in a true city restaurant. Menu is very unique and well thought out"
    Dined on 6/15/2014