Squeezed into the South Main Arts District along the bustling stretch of G.E. Patterson that is also home to The Arcade and American Apparel is Rizzo’s Diner. Getting it’s moniker from Chef Michael Patrick’s high school nickname, the diner joins the long list of fine establishments where he has hung his hat over the years including EP Delta Kitchen, Erling Jensen, Automatic Slim’s, McEwen’s and Pacific Rim. Open since October, Rizzo’s has garnered the attention of local and even celebrity tastemakers like Guy Fieri who checked it out as part of his popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Food Network series.
What makes Chef Patrick’s latest venture unique is his midwestern meets Memphis twist on classic comfort food dishes. We like that the prices are very approachable, especially for lunch, which is when we cozied in recently (and then rolled out!).
The interior is comfortable with an open kitchen and colorful paintings by local artists decorating the walls. Most tables are set for 2-4 patrons, so larger parties be warned. The lunch menu offers a great variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees and desserts. We peeked at the dinner menu and it appeared equally appealing, not overwhelmingly extensive and reasonably priced as well.
Take a look at our yummy selections!
We arrived early to beat the rush and gave Rizzo’s three thumbs way up. The service was excellent and Chef Patrick himself even checked on us twice. I will definitely be back, assuming I pass the glucose test (*I’m pregnant and that glucose test is worrying me!). Dining here and missing out on dessert would be torture!
Rizzo’s is open for dinner Monday- Saturday and lunch Tuesday-Friday and Sundays.
*UPDATE: I’m all clear on the sugars front! Who’s going with me for another Ice Cream Sandwich Sundae?!