Discover Merelli’s Italian Cuisine

With nuova torsione del mondo (new world twist)

From Humble Beginings

Merelli’s is truly an authentic Italian restaurant.  I have taken everything I could learn from Mama Merelli and my multiple trips to Europe to bring our unique menu to Knoxville for you to enjoy!

Misty Mills, owner, and, myself, Steven Manolopoulos, managing partner, have taken over the old Labamba space in Bearden and transformed it into an eclectic Italian eatery. Merelli’s is the perfect place to host your events! Merelli’s has four private dining rooms that can accommodate from 6 to 14 guests in each, a banquet room that can accommodate up to 50 guests, along with a comfortable lounge area, complete with a relaxing fireplace and TV to enjoy your cocktails with your friends.

Weather permitting, Merell’s offers a spectacular private patio, complete with a full-service bar, waterfalls, and pond, where you can enjoy live music on Saturday evenings.  You can even reserve the entire restaurant, including the patio, on a Sunday for your wedding or private function!

Misty, and myself are excited to have you enjoy us for a unique Italian experience!

Locally Sourced & Organic Food

We are constantly buying and helping local businesses and organic farmers,
with locally sourced produce.

Italian restaurant Knoxville

Our Love for Food

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Steven Manolopoulos is fluent in three languages, French, Greek, and English.

Following college, he traveled back to Montreal where he built, owned ,and operated 4 restaurants between 1984 and 1995.  In 2001-2003 Steven traveled extensively in Europe, concentrating most of his time in Italy and Greece.

In 2007 he came to Knoxville TN and in 2008 opened Vinny and Me in Turkey Creek and later on opened Willy’s Bar and Grill at Choto Marina.

Steven has now teamed up with Misty Mills the face of JTV and together have come up with Merelli’s Italian Cuisine. This restaurant will truly be one of a kind here in the Knoxville area.