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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Mediterranean

Re: “Athens Family Restaurant

The food was fresh and very good. Nice server and we felt we were in a clean place. We will go back. Sorry to hear folks were treated poorly.

Posted by OMFUG on 02/12/2013 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Café Bosna

Cafe Bosna is the most authentic European restaurant I've been to in Nashville, and my local friends from the Ukraine love the food. The culinary focus is Germany and east Europe. My favorite dish is the stuffed sauerkraut, but all the dishes have been great. The desserts are also great, and you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee. The owner is the chef and hostess, and we always have a great time. Hard to get better than that.

Posted by John Quill on 02/10/2013 at 5:10 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.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OMFUG on 01/05/2013 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Café Rakka

Great hummus bar
everything homemade

Posted by Norda Aguila-Parochka on 09/05/2012 at 5:49 PM

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: “Athens Family Restaurant

Our first visit to Athens was on 7-14-2012 for lunch. We were sitted quickly very crowded. The food was great our server was a little slow. Waited to get a refill on my tea she finely came just before leaving. There was alot of flies around our table.

Posted by SLDC on 07/15/2012 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Café Bosna

Cafe Bosna is a hidden treasure in Nashville! It's a quaint little gem with THE BEST FOOD; my personal fav is Stuffed Peppers.

Posted by Treva Cranfield Maitland on 06/03/2012 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Antonios' of Nashville

I eat there about once a month and thoroughly enjoy the food and the atmosphere.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by buddy on 06/02/2012 at 9:29 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: “Darfons

The price is way to high for quality of their food selection. Which isn't that great anyway!

Posted by Billy & Anna on 02/20/2011 at 9:54 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: “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.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Nashstu on 08/22/2010 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Athens Family Restaurant

The staff was terrible both times we went. They seem to be racist against interracial couples. My husband and I are a caucasian/latino couple. The first time, a waiter took our drink order and never brought them, another man had to ask us what we ordered and he went and got it. There was a party of 4 sitting close to us, 2 couples, all caucasian, they had the same waiter as us. He was very attentive to them, and also very friendly. He seemed to want nothing to do with us. There was barely any interaction at all other than to get our drinks, and food (which took forever). The second time we went at a different time on a different day to give it another chance, and yet again, We were the only people who were ignored the whole time. There was a caucasian couple, and a african american couple. They were both treated very well. But we received no refills, no checking if we needed anything. They literally threw our menus on the table, took our order, and gave us the ticket. No interaction in between, no clearing dishes, they didn't ask if we wanted anything else or dessert. They were unfriendly. The food is good, but not good enough to deal with being treated badly when everyone else around you is being treated well.

Posted by kayla1234 on 08/15/2010 at 4:41 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: “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: “Athens Family Restaurant

I LOVE THE FOOD !!!!!!!!!!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by jason on 10/09/2009 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Athens Family Restaurant

I LOVE THE FOOD IT'S THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by jason on 10/07/2009 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Café Bosna

Cafe Bosna has very good food, and since it is all family owned the restraunt has a very friendly and relaxing environment.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by michael spencer on 04/30/2009 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Café Bosna

Unbelievable! This restaurant has the best food in Nashville but we didn't know it 'till last week. The food was incredibly satisfing, so it was great pleasure to have such a meal prepared by a native of Bosnia who obviously takes great pride and love in their work in kitchen This kind of food, excellent service and atmosphere you can find only in high-class restaurants in New York or San Srancisco. Finaly Nashville has something like this. Bravo.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by Adviya Rabchenia on 04/29/2009 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Darfons

Management Rules - One check per table...Business must be good as they turned down our Tuesday Night Dinner Club with 25 people.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Jim Ryan on 02/13/2009 at 2:56 PM

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