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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Italian

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

Re: “Savarino's Cucina

the best place for an eggplant parmigiana sandwich...away from the tri-state area! bakery reminds me of NY as well. for true Italian food, give Savarino's a try!!

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Posted by Menachem on 09/06/2010 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Buca Di Beppo

It was absolutly delicious! Their fried mozerella is wonderful and so is their Ceasar salad! It's quite pricey, but well worth it for an occasional family dinner on the town.

Posted by Wickedactress09 on 08/31/2010 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Finezza

love that place

Posted by john lang on 08/29/2010 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Mama Mia's

Disregard Joe Savage's review above as it reeks of ignorance. Mama Mia's was opened over 20 years ago by a Cuban family and was bought in 1994 by the Martinez family (also of Latin American heritage) and considering their staying power, they're obviously doing something right. Every time I've been to Mama's Mia's we've had exceptional Italian food (regardless if it's prepared by a Spanish-speaking/non-Sicilian staff) and friendly service. The Bring Your Own Wine bottle policy is a nice compliment to a romantic atmosphere. I recommend it to everyone I know in Nashville asking for a great Italian meal.

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Posted by Nashstu on 08/22/2010 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

I have enjoyed Giovanni's at least a dozen times since its opening and I have never had a bad meal or a less than excellent experience. The owner is always present and strives to make each customer feel as if he is a guest in his home (not far from true, since Giovanni lives on the top floor of the building housing his restaurant.)

From the smile and greeting from the receptionist (a beautiful brunette named Amy,) to the efficient and personable servers, to Chef Marco who comes to the table to explain the off-menu specials.. it is a wonderful, welcoming and gracious crew who surrounds Giovannni. The northern Italian fare is excellent, well prepared and beautifully presented. The seafood special is always a wonderful selection for me.

Pricey? Yes, a bit, but for the service and food quality and the ambiance of the place, it is a price gladly paid. As a life- long Nashvillian and frequent patron of local eateries, Giovanni's has now replaced the venerable Valentino's as my favorite place for Italian.

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Posted by volboy on 08/09/2010 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Valentino's

Experiences at Valentino's have been phenomenal. Why? Chef Paolo, A native of Naples, Italy, Valentino’s Ristorante Executive Chef, Paolo Tramontano, learned his love of cooking from his mother, that's from their site. I've been in an Italian family by marriage for 10 years. I know great authentic experiences when I see them, taste them, and "feel them".

I like to emphasize experiences. Food comes and goes but experiences are memories to be cherished.

Chef Paolo's treatment of food is not much different than my Italian mother in law. I last went in for lunch, yes lunch at Valentino's on West End, and as I entered Paolo saw me and asked, "You want something to eat?". I said, Sure, bring me anything you wish. See that's the key, I went in and knew I'd get a great dish because I know what's authentic.

What I received was a wonderful pasta dish based on a wonderful fresh rigatoni with a mild red sauce that absolutely mimicked my Italian mother in law's. Its freshness was real. Many of you know home made sauce when you taste it. With Valentino's its assured.

I like Valentino's for lunch. Its a wonderful environment for business. Parking is a breeze with valet always available during dining hours. We took our lunch upstairs in the lounge and had a power lunch covering all topics.

Price wise, the cost was no different than Brick Tops and far lower than the Palm. Service was phenomenal and the "experience" was great. I recommend sharing a special request with Chef Paolo. You'll get what you're after and your clients or prospects will be extremely impressed.

Posted by TheShermanator on 06/23/2010 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Mafiaoza's

I love good pizza and Mafiazo's definitely delivers.. Great tasting pies for sure. BUT - Its very expensive for pizza.. I like going here. Would go here more often but once you get a couple of drinks, a salad to share, and a pizza, you have already dropped at least $60.00. There are a lot more restaurants I would go to before Mafiazo's if I am planning on dropping that kind of coin... Its in a great neighborhood, great atmosphere at the restaurant, very nice patio, but in the end its just pizza. Delicious pizza. :)

Posted by brandon on 05/13/2010 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Nucci

Nucci's is easily one of the best things about Cool Springs. Owned by Connie and Steve Hovis, the entire family is friendly, capable and eager to please. When it comes to their sandwiches, Italian Ice or gelato, they don't have to try very hard. Everything is always fresh, tasty and consistently what you expect when you order it. The decor is open, inviting and bright. The staff at Nucci's goes out of its way to make everyone feel welcome. If you want something different than run-of-the-mill fast food, try NUcci's. You'll be delighted you did.

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Posted by LenMS on 04/28/2010 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

The WORST + most over priced restaurant in Nashville. $90 for 2 waters, 2 cold pasta dinners and a pizza dinner ??? Go to Valentino's instead. Don't set foot in Giovanni Ristorante. Ever. 1. They brought dinners 1 minute after setting pizza appetizer on table. Two $25 pasta dinners sat cold as we ate the pizza. Pizza was good. 2. Pasta is lackluster and mediocre at best. HORRIBLE value. I realize you get what you pay for and better food is priced accordingly but this menu is so overpriced its offensive. I regularly eat at the best restaurants in town and this is definitely not one of them. 4. Want bread or rolls? Well you better ask because $25 pasta doesn't come with bread. At least ours didn't. 3. If you want to spend stupid money on dinner to impress a date or client, you're better off going to elsewhere. You'll look like a fool for taking them here. "A fool and his money are always parted" was meant for Giovanni Ristorante. NEVER EVER EAT AT GIOVANNI RISTORANTE IN NASHVILLE!

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Posted by CoolSprings on 04/28/2010 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

We noticed this place after dining at the South. Crab Shack next door. The menu looks great but such terrible reviews!? We plan on trying it. If the service seems bad we will leave. We'll let you know if they figured out opening a place today is not like it was 20 years ago. The internet is amazing.

Posted by mbcmom on 04/10/2010 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Mama Mia's

There is nothing at all unique or special about this restaurant, except to say that one could find better food in a jar of Spaghetti-O's. The pasta was ordered al dente but came out slimy & soggy. The sauce was very sweet and tasted like it was prepared by a rank amateur. The amount of pasta served barely covered the bottom of the plate and the price for it all was ridiculous. When I stated I did not like the pasta and wished to just pay for the salad, I was charged $6.00. Needless to say I will not return to this place anytime soon. Full blame for this is poor management and certainly not Sicilian. The cooks in the rear all spoke Spanish. Not a pretty sight.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by JOE SAVAGE on 01/28/2010 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

Yes, this restaurant is very pricey, but you get what you pay for. The service was excellent, the food fantastic, and the atmosphere is beautiful. My date impressed me by treating me tonight. It was a wonderful experience. There are several areas that would be great for a small private group or even a large private party. I hope this place stays in the Nashville restaurant scene for many years to come.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 4
Overall: 5

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Posted by Ellen Branden on 07/25/2009 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Nucci

Nucci’s Italian Ice and Gelato is located in Cool Springs shopping Center in 2000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 100 Franklin Tennessee. Nucci’s staff is rude, provides poor customer service and negative attitude towards other ethinicgroups non white. Steve and Connie Hovis are the owners, their sons, Ben and Jay, work full time and their daughters, Erin and Morgan, Upon entering the restaurant on Friday July 17, 2009 at 8:45pm parking was limited and owner Connie Hovis did not provide adequate customer service tonight by acknowledging three customers order and never asking may I help you. I politely interrupted the Connie Hovis while the son (ignored my presence as a customer as well and asked 2 other customers for help) and stated I was next she tried to ignore my comment and then asked can I help you. Normally I would have thought this was an error or oversight but Steve Hovis (owner) also displayed this same negative and discriminatory behavior in May 2009. I have lived in Cool Springs over 13 years and rarely see restaurants who provide negative customer service survive!! My family was a standard customer at Nucci’s – we even looked forward to the daily Gelato specials. After tonight the racists attitude by the owners and family needed to be provided in reviews for future patrons. The menu is limited and the prices are high considering Baskin Robbins, Maggie Moos, Coldstone and Dipping Dots with in a mile radius of Cool Springs. Portions are tight and staff will try to use old products or take shortcuts in preparation. Maybe this small family owned business can grow from this negative experience and become more diverse to other elasticities trying to support their business within Cool Springs.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by Char Dee on 07/17/2009 at 8:24 PM

Re: “City House

The anchovy pizza was amazing, as well as everything else. The crust was perfect and they didn't overdo the cheese. Don't skip one of the few restaurants here, if not the only one, that hand-cures their own mozzarella. This is by far a favorite!
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 4
Overall: 4

Posted by hoimoi on 07/10/2009 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Caesar's Ristorante Italiano [Closed]

Music is awesome what a mix Tom Jones Dean Martin Julio wow what a mix.Was there Saturday night beutiful Fish Special Ivory Salmon I was amazed.Dessert was good the waiter informed me that the tiramisu is homade now and my wife had creme brulee. What a direction this place hs took we have been going there for years awesom awesome. I asked who the chef was The waiter to told me Executive chef Vito The waiter also informed me he was certified by the culinary federation waht a diffrence a chef makes.Wahta restaurant.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Steven on 06/14/2009 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Sole Mio

Nice atmosphere, but that's about it. Rude waitstaff (our large group was automatically gratuitized, so maybe that's why?). Our waiter spilled my glass of wine and I had to ask him to replace it for free (he wanted to charge us). One rude look later, he did eventually bring a new glass on the house. I also ordered the 3 course special. Our waiter instead ticketed the first 2 courses a la carte, which was, of course, more expensive. He tried to charge for the 3rd course, but I just declined the dessert. The food was bland, and more expensive than most Italian restaurants in Nashville. Mama Mia's is much better. Avoid this place.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by Ronnie O on 02/22/2009 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

My wife and I went to Giovanni’s for Valentine’s Day. As we were looking over the menu we heard what appeared to be a manager and a customer having an unusually loud disagreement. The dispute relocated close to the front where we heard the customer was upset by something the waiter had said to his wife. Some strong language was used and the customer soon left. We though it was odd, perhaps a misunderstanding but I am sure it didn’t make it any better for the couple that left. On the meal, the appetizer, lobster, was tough. As was my steak, but my wife’s halibut was fantastic. I can say that was one of the best I have ever had. We finished our desert, which we did enjoy as well and then the check came. My wife used her credit card to pay for the meal. When our waiter returned with the card, he apparently noticed her name, and made an insulting comment about it. We were both very upset and quite surprised with what he said. Certainly the tip on our $220 meal fell significantly. We did think it was a rare occasion to see the disagreement that occurred when we first arrived. But to have what happened to us on the same night gave us a very bad feeling about Giovanni’s. On our way out we did explain what happened. We did get an apology, but that really didn’t fix anything. For the money we spent the food quality just wasn’t there. But adding being offended by our waiter to the experience was way over the top. We will not be returning.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by John H on 02/16/2009 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Giovanni Ristorante

My wife and I went to Giovanni’s for Valentine’s Day. As we were looking over the menu we heard what appeared to be a manager and a customer having an unusually loud disagreement. The dispute relocated close to the front where we heard the customer was upset by something the waiter had said to his wife. Some strong language was used and the customer soon left. We though it was odd, perhaps a misunderstanding but I am sure it didn’t make it any better for the couple that left. On the meal, the appetizer, lobster, was tough. As was my steak, but my wife’s halibut was fantastic. I can say that was one of the best I have ever had. We finished our desert, which we did enjoy as well and then the check came. My wife used her credit card to pay for the meal. When our waiter returned with the card, he apparently noticed her name, and made an insulting comment about it. We were both very upset and quite surprised with what he said. Certainly the tip on our $220 meal fell significantly. We did think it was a rare occasion to see the disagreement that occurred when we first arrived. But to have what happened to us on the same night gave us a very bad feeling about Giovanni’s. On our way out we did explain what happened. We did get an apology, but that really didn’t fix anything. For the money we spent the food quality just wasn’t there. But adding being offended by our waiter to the experience was way over the top. We will not be returning.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by John H on 02/16/2009 at 7:36 AM

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