2018 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
The Angry Italian
The Angry Italian, opened in November 2017 by Keith Yonker, offers Chicago-inspired Italian cuisine to East Tennessee. Why is it called The Angry
Italian? Yonker says, “Just lean your ears toward our kitchen, and you will figure it out.” The name originated at the beginning of his culinary career when his co-workers created the nickname “The Angry Italian”. Yonker continues, “My being loud, vibrant, and waving a knife in my hand made it pretty easy for my co-workers to start calling me The Angry Italian. So ever since then the name has always stuck.” Though, he reiterates that he is not actually angry, just animated.
Born and raised in Chicago, Yonker is a certified executive chef with a remarkable resume in culinary arts. His passion for cooking started at a young age and he has been creating incredible recipes for over forty years. He received his culinary degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and shortly after landed an impressive internship with Walt Disney World. Since then, he has worked for a variety of distinguished restaurants and resorts including: Morton’s in California, Charley’s Crab in Palm Beach, Casa Restaurants in Fort Wayne, and Starwood Resorts in Cape Cod. These establishments enabled him to achieve his greatest culinary honor— being selected, twice, to compete for the National Pizza Team in Italy, where he won eighth place at the international competition.
Despite traveling around the world, he always aspired to make his home in East Tennessee. In 2015, Yonker moved to the Tri-Cities to oversee the seven cafés at Eastman as their artisan chef. This position led up to his opening of the new restaurant The Angry Italian. He is so excited to introduce Chicagoinspired Italian cuisine to East Tennessee, where business has been booming since he opened the doors last year. Yonker attributes this success to his philosophy, “to surround you in a place that makes you feel welcome, while providing you with the best in authentic Chicago style pizza and sandwiches.”
Visit The Angry Italian to experience authentic Chicago style Italian cuisine at 16 6th Street, Bristol, Tennessee. The Angry Italian also offers efficient online ordering for customers on the go.