D'Italia is a great little Italian restaurant that few people have yet to discover.
It's at 128 East New Circle Road, at North Limestone. The spot that has housed several Mexican restaurants has been remodeled to resemble a cozy Italian trattoria.
Executive chef Justin Awdish prepares menu items from scratch, even grinding fresh meat for the meatballs. The menu includes traditional lasagna, chicken carbonara, veal piccata and eggplant melanize. Call (859) 244-8995.
Thanksgiving Day meals
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It's less than a week until Thanksgiving, and if you're planning to eat at a restaurant, it's time to make reservations. Here are some places to call. All meals are Thursday unless otherwise noted.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering will serve a buffet in The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $27.95 adults, $22.95 ages 65 and older, and $14.50 ages 3 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814.
■ Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will have turkey and dressing, roast beef, barbecue ribs and baked ham on its buffet. Call (859) 276-0001.
■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m that features bourbon-brined all-natural turkey, roasted turkey breast with confit of leg and thigh, Quorn roast and Tofurky. The cost is $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ The Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a holiday buffet from noon to 8 p.m. The cost is $17.95 for adults and $7.95 for ages 6 to 12. Go to Parks.ky.gov.
■ Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, will have two seatings, at 2 and 5 p.m. The cost is $40, and the reservations deadline is Monday. Call (859) 225-5765 or go to Wingspangallery.com.
Takeout holiday foods
■ Brown's Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is making holiday pies and cakes. Pies include sweet potato, transparent, butterscotch, chocolate meringue and fruit. Cake flavors include Italian cream, German chocolate and carrot. Call (859) 225-8400 to place an order.
Brown's is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month and is having its annual cupcake buffet from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. You may sample 20 cupcakes for $10. The cupcake challenge starts at 4:30 p.m. The current record is 14, and the prize is $50.
■ Underdogs Bar & Grill, 805 North Broadway, has smoked turkeys for $45. If you would like to buy a turkey at the market, Underdogs will smoke it for $20. Call (859) 281-1116. The deadline to order is Monday.
■ Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Woodford County, has a take-out Thanksgiving dinner that includes roasted turkey breast, old-fashioned dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy spinach casserole, cranberry relish, rolls, and pecan or pumpkin pie. It's $24.95 a person. Orders may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday. The deadline for ordering is 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to Wallacestation.com.
Wednesday's dinner at Wallace Station will feature roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish and vegetables for $14.95.
■ The Fifth Street Café, at Fifth and Vimont streets in the Millersburg Coal and Lumber Co. building in Millersburg, is available for holiday events. Call (859) 473-0552 or go to Fifthstreetcafeky.com.
■ Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, is accepting reservations for holiday parties in its private dining room. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market has goods for a local Thanksgiving feast: Heritage turkeys, beef, chicken, pie pumpkins, greens and assorted lettuces, fall squash, potatoes and sweet potatoes, cabbage, beets, turnips, onions, cheeses, honey, apples, eggs, breads, jams, jellies, herbs, dairy-free pumpkin sorbet and freshly prepared crepes from La Petite Creperie.
The Saturday market will be open through Nov. 26, then move into Victorian Square for the winter. The Tuesday will be open next week, and the Thursday market is closed.