Nothing completes a trip to Rowan County better than a local dining experience. We've set out to highlight a few of the many local restaurants that make our destination an original place to visit and eat. We’ve created a series of some of our many favorite original restaurants in Rowan County. Up next, Pinocchio's Italian Restaurant.


Pinocchio's Italian Restaurant has been a Rowan County favorite for decades. Their cozy atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisine, Italian beers and wines, and excellent customer service makes Pinocchio's a fan favorite. Pinocchio's is a small Italian restaurant located in the heart of Spencer across from the N.C. Transportation Museum. 


Their Italian cuisine covers all of the different regions of Italy, with a heavy influence from Toscana and Sicilia regions. The owners, Anthony and Amy, grew up on the Hudson River outside of New York City and work hands on in the kitchen every day.


They offer weekly specials, as well as $5 wine by the glass on Tuesdays and $3 beer (Domestic, Italian and Craft) on Wednesdays.


Right now Pinocchio's is operating at a limited seating capacity and requests that patrons make reservations to avoid a lengthy wait. Reservations can be made by calling 704-636-8891. 


You can find Pinocchio's at  518 S Salisbury Ave in Spencer. Their hours are Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 - 10 p.m. You can also find them on Facebook.