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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Italian

Re: “Mirko Pasta

My favorite local italian spot...it is always empty! Always great, quick service. The food is always very tasty & there is something for everyone.

Posted by megred on 08/25/2013 at 5:20 PM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

Favorite pizza place in Nashville...seems like nobody knows it exists. I bring somebody new with me every time I go & they all fall in love with it!! Amazing pizza (the crust is perfect) & the biscotti is to die for. They play the music WAY too loud in the dining area but it doesn't bug me.

Posted by megred on 08/25/2013 at 5:16 PM

Re: “House of Pizza/Joey's House of Pizza

Best NY-style pizza in Nashville! Now Joey's has moved to Elm Hill Pike (just off Fesslers Lane) and is only open for lunch on weekdays. Brentwood location is no longer there...

Posted by Tommy Salami on 05/06/2013 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Cafe Coco's Italian Market & Kitchen

Cafe Coco"s Italian Market And Kitchen is an awesome place to go for authentic Italian food and desserts,the service is great , my fave dish is Tortellini Elliston and the baked ziti is pretty good too, as well as the pizza..Tuesday are pie and pint night for 10.00 and wens is half off bottle wines..We have been there many times . love this place !!!!!!!

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Posted by Betty on 05/05/2013 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Bella Napoli

Good food and service

Posted by machtuck on 04/05/2013 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Amerigo

Long time favorite.

Posted by Dfr on 01/24/2013 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Mama Mia's

On a lark my son and I went Mid-December 2012, had a good meal and a nice time. We decided to have Christmas Eve dinner there with our group of 8. We had good service and food, again. It was laid back, pleasant and a surprisingly good meal. We enjoyed the out of the way-ness of it and family feel.

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Posted by OMFUG on 01/05/2013 at 12:46 AM

Re: “DeSano Pizza Bakery

The Pizza is excellent! You'll never want franchise pizza again. I've been there 4 times and tried a different pizza each time. The thin crust is amazing - you know that when you eat all your crust. It holds it's shape. You don't loose everything on your slice when you pick it up; a testament to proper thin crust. It's a very casual setting. The music is a little bit too loud, but I haven't been there when it was crowded.

Posted by Bridget on 12/09/2012 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Amerigo

Typical chain food. Nashville has much better to offer.

Posted by foodnerd1976 on 11/06/2012 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Caesar's Ristorante Italiano [Closed]

CLOSED and GONE. Try the Turkish restaurant down the strip - it's great.

Posted by John McG on 10/06/2012 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Sole Mio

I hate having to write negative reviews, but if I could save someone from a bad experience, then I feel somewhat obligated. Went to Sole Mio's with a small group celebrating multiple birthdays. Never been before, but we were in the mood for Italian and were going to a show a few blocks away after dinner, so it fit nicely with our plans. We were in a great mood, so it took a lot to bring us down. Every course we ordered was bland and boring, which is inexcusable considering that it is more expensive than other local Italian restaurants that offer the same items. There were no real values on the wine list. Markup was substantial for a restaurant as sub par as it was. Do you know how depressing it is to say "This dish actually tasted better at Olive Garden"? I absolutely hate Olive Garden. It was that bad. I know I might sound somewhat cheap complaining about prices. To clarify, I don't mind at all to pay more for better quality food. But if you can't even beat Olive Garden, then you probably should just shut it down. To wrap the meal up, we got a few desserts for the table. The waiter said they were "taken care of", since we were celebrating multiple birthdays. They weren't. He still charged us anyway. In short, if you like Italian food, don't go here. It's just sad.

Posted by TheNashVillain on 09/28/2012 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Pomodoro East

I went with my wife on Saturday night for dinner 2nd time and I will never go back!

We were there when they first opened and had enjoyed it very much. But recent visit is not good. The wait staff was dis-organized. I'd ordered a glass of Chianti (my wife doesn't drink) and Mussels Antipasti to share and for entree - Flat iron Steak and Chicken and mushroom pizza. The Mussels was cooked in the wood oven and it was average (We liked the one at mAmbu more). then we waited at least 20 minutes for our entrees to come to table.. many folks were seated later than us had already gotten their food. Our waitress kept "Yapping" to other tables and had forgotten our food. Finally the food came out. the steak and pizza were cold (clearly has been sitting at the service station for sometime after it prepared)...The waitress apologized and said it just came out the window (what window?) and do not know what happen. The manager came by and again apologized and promised to make us fresh if we want to wait. ok. Since we waited this long. Well. They just re-heated them. The steak now over-cooked than what we ordered "medium rare" and the pizza - well (taste like I just nuked the left-over pizza from microwave). It's ashamed. I really liked their pizza, however I did not go there and eat a greasing "left-over" pizza!

The apologetic waitress offered us free dessert - on the house but we declined. We paid and left.

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Posted by Nash168 on 08/26/2012 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Mama Mia's

My wife and I went in for dinner on a Wednesday night; I hadn't been in years and it was her first visit. I remembered the service being mediocre but the food being very good.

The service hasn't changed -- it was appallingly bad. The restaurant is not well-run from a service perspective; of the 3 servers on-shift one was far more concerned with loudly sorting and rolling clean silverware than running any food, which was left in the window for minutes at a time. The credit card machine was broken, and I overheard from another table that their soda machine was not functioning, either. For a restaurant that serves neither alcohol nor tea, it appeared the beverage choices left were tap water and sprite. Mercifully, we had purchased a bottle of wine from the nearby liquor store, which proved the saving grace of the evening.

The food? Perhaps my palate has improved, my memory was inaccurate, or the food has simply gone downhill. The salads were slathered in bottled, flavorless, pre-made dressing. The pasta was not fresh -- while properly cooked, it was clearly dried pasta. The sauces were average; the bolognese lacked any richness or depth. The garlic bread (which we asked for repeatedly and was delivered near the end of the meal) tasted like it had been popped out of a Pillsbury can -- artificial and oily. I felt the prices were not in line with the quality.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this to anyone -- in the 20 years since this place opened, Nashville now has many Italian options that do a better job than Mama Mia's in all areas -- decor, service, and most importantly, food.

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Posted by mediumduck on 08/17/2012 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Mama Mia's

I agree with Joe Savage & Nyshired about Moma Mia's- It just plane sucks. When you walk in the sign on the table says $5.00 corking fee & $2.50 per six pack of beer- Why ?
They had many tables available but wanted to seat us at the table by the door, it's December & cold-we had to ask for another table.
The servers & Manager just don't care if you are happy or not.
We ordered two entrees, one Lasagna & one Penne bolognese with sasage. We received the extravaganza & the Penne pesto.
Both dishes were cold. I think we got someone elses order ?
When we finally found our server she said she would talk to the manager ? Why ? (Just bring us the right orders) She returned and said the manager would adjust the price- now we are paying more for the meals we didn't order and it was also cold?
I gave up trying to comunnicate with insanity, paid the bill and left- never to return :~( Barry Harkin, Nashville, TN

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Posted by Barry Harkin on 12/04/2011 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Ristorante Volare

its gone.. it's now Ravello.

Posted by phelps2012 on 10/25/2011 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Bella Napoli

While the food was good, the service was TERRIBLE. Our waitress was very pleasant, but we had two issues. First, my ID was denied because it looked 'fake'. While I was visiting from out of state, I had two forms of identification and it still look half an hour to get my glass of wine. Second, The group I went with was using a Scoutmob. When we received our checks the alcohol was not discounted. We had to send the check back 3 times before we asked for the manager. The manager was the RUDEST manager I have encountered at a restaurant. When we asked about the discount on the alcohol, his response was 'We have never discounted alcohol before and if you have a problem with the Scoutmob you need to call them and complain'. The Scoutmob did not say the deal excluded alcohol, but the manager didn't seem to want to work with us at all. He was not listening, just talking in a very condescending manner. I will not be going back to Bella Napoli EVER. And if you plan on drinking a glass of wine, don't expect a discount if you're using a Scoutmob. This is a very unfortunate situation, food was good, but you can't have a successful restaurant with a terrible manager.

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Posted by Andrea on 10/17/2011 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Porta Via Italian Kitchen

Are you kidding! I did not think we could ever get an Italian restaurant like this in Nashville. Especially on the West Side. I felt like I was walking into a modern restaurant in Milan. The food, service, and ambiance are excellent. I have gone through the menu fairly extensively and there are really no weak spots from the authentic Neapolitan Pizza to the great veal and pasta dishes and out of this world creamy gelato. I could go on and on. I can only put it to you one way GO THERE!!!

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Posted by Louise on 08/20/2011 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Mama Mia's

TERRIBLE SERVICE/RUDE SERVERS!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

I have to say that after my experience this weekend I will never be returning to Mama Mia's! We went out there for a 29th birthday dinner for my girlfriends sister at 6 pm on saturday with a party of 6. As we walked through the door we were greeted by a tall, dark haired, and skinny male server who was completely rude to us and acted like it was a complete inconvenience that we were even there. He was very rude and informed us that we would not be able to sit down for at least an hour. As mama Mia's is completely disorganized and had nowhere to wait to be seated , we offered to go back to my girlfriends sisters house, which is around the corner to wait. They said they would call us when a table was ready. (By the way if they took reservations all this disorganization would be alleviated! However they do not unless you have eight in your party and they cannot even accommodate a party of 6 as I found out!)I have worked in the service industry for years and have never encountered anyone as a host who was as rude as this waiter/Host! Furthermore , this individual has waited on me before and he was always sub par, Never kept wine glasses full, lack of silverware when entrees arrived, not around to uncork wine when needed , took forever to greet the table , and on multiple occasions,I might add. To be honest I don't know how he even has a job! The other servers there are not much better either, so do not expect good service if you go here! He went so far on one occasion, to drop the check after we received our entrees because he said he needed to get out early to go downtown! Anyway, we were never called and went back to the restaurant after an hour and a half to be greeted by the owner who told us she had no idea what we were talking about when we told her that we had signed in in the book for a table at 6 . She noticed the mistake then . She did NOTHING to rectify the situation except say that we could wait another half an hour for a table! She even proceeded to sit a group right in front of us! This restaurant owner could have done something to appease our group of Mama Mia's regulars! I have bought gift certificates and referred people to the restaurant in the past because I always thought the food was decent for the price, even though service was sub-par!. The owners of this restaurant could care less about keeping anyone happy and would rather ruin my friends 29th birthday without offering any compensation for their mistake. I have never encountered this in my life! They should get a real manager to straighten that place out. Needless to say after we realized that the owner could have cared less she had screwed up, and after 2 hours of waiting, we went somewhere else (los arcos) and had a great dining experience. Thanks for ruining my friends 29th birthday because you and your staff are too incompetent to run a restaurant! Don't go to Mama Mia's unless you want to be treated very rudely, have very poor service, and possibly cold food as well.I will deter anyone I know from ever going back!!

Posted by nyshred on 01/25/2011 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Savarino's Cucina

I heard about this place from the Food Network.It is awesome especially their sausage sandwich on homemade bread.They also have great cannolis dipped in chocolate.You wont be sorry you went.

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Posted by steves on 11/22/2010 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Sole Mio

Love this place! The food is delicious. I always manage to eat more than I should. Its not often that I get authentic Italian food like this. While the atmosphere is a little more reserved, I prefer a little more noise/activity... I have NEVER had a bad experience and I love introducing friends and family there

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Posted by boycrazy on 09/25/2010 at 12:00 AM

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