Italian ​Restaurant

Fort Smith's Oldest Family Owned Restaurant

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James J. CadellI

Tom J. Caldarera

Caldarera siblings

About Taliano's

The Taliano's tradition lies in the Italian passion for family, friends, ​and fine food. In 1970, childhood friends Tom J. Caldarera, Jr. and ​James J. Cadelli turned to a love they both knew well, good ​authentic Italian food. Their guidance was the advice of their ​mothers, Concetta Caldarera and Lola Cadelli who insisted "If ​you are going to do Italian food, you have to do it the truly ​authentic Italian way."

Several generations of the families have spent hours in the k​itchen perfecting the sauces and handmade pastas that have ​become the cornerstone of the dishes served at the restaurant. G​rowing up in an Italian kitchen, Tom and Jim knew exactly what k​ind of cuisine they wanted to share with the Fort Smith comm​unity, where no Italian restaurant existed at that time. With ​family recipes in hand, Taliano's opened its doors to a won​derful reception in 1970. The restaurant has been praised by local, ​state, & regional magazines & newspapers and has received nu​merous accolades & a​w​ards.

The pastas, sauces, and the salad dressings are made fresh​ daily to ensure superior quality and a memorable dining exper​ience. Today the tradition continues to evolve with the involvem​ent of the 5th generation of the Caldarera family working ​at the restaurant making it a true family a​f​fair.

What Our Guests Have To Say



DELICIOUS! The portions are not ​overwhelming and priced good. We had ​NO disappointments at our table of 4. Also ​go across the parking lot to Emmy's (same ​owner) for some amazing German food ​and a full bar.

five star rating


The food is always good. It's very family ​friendly. We usually bring our 19 month old ​with us, but it was date night. Our server is ​always super friendly and attentive.​ Sometimes we even just have a conversation​ with her. The architecture is very lovely. The​ place is always very clean. I can't stress​ enough how good the food is.​

five star rating


We drove an hour and a half to try ​Taliano's. We got there when they opened ​and it didn't take long to get busy. The ​food was tasty and plentiful and the ​service was excellent. We will go back. ​Reservations recommended.

five star rating

Doors Open:

Tuesday - Saturday 5 pm - 8:30 pm

Closed: Sunday & Monday


201 North 14th St, Fort Smith, AR

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