“Have you been to Husk?”
“Our relationship is as rare as a reservation at Husk”
“We waited six months to eat at the Catbird Seat!”
With so many new restaurants popping up all over Nashville it is difficult to discern where you want to spend your money and impress your honey. And when the price of the main course ranges from $30.00 to $50.00 you want to make sure the food is better than Stauffer’s Lasagna. Recently we decided to try Sardinia on 25th Avenue right across from Centennial Park off of Elliston Place. You can definitely tell that this is a Miami based restaurant judging from the decor alone. Yes, I did say Miami in Nashville. It’s a large, clean and modern space; big enough not to echo or be too loud, which we enjoyed. In fact as it was a Tuesday night we practically had the place to ourselves. The waitstaff was prompt and reasonably knowledgable. The olive oil and parmesan butter they bring out with an assortment of bread was outstanding. Sardinia touts authentic Italian cuisine, specialties from the Island of Sardinia, an extensive wine list and a wood burning oven where most of the meats and fishes are cooked. The menu seemed a bit overwhelming so I ordered the special which was Halibut. It was cooked perfectly crispy on the outside and just done on the inside. The waiter recommended a lovely Vermentino by the glass. This crisp white wine aptly from Sardinia was perfect with my dish as well as Will’s dish which was an Italian paella with pearl couscous. We enjoyed the wine so much that we are currently selling it in the shop. From the reviews I have read online the tasting menu is fantastic as well as the brunch. In addition they have some house made cheese that is supposed to be terrific. This restaurant definitely makes you feel like you are not in Tennessee but not in Italy either, maybe Miami. This place delivers as a nice option in Nashville that you want to try before everyone else finds out about it. Big plus: you can get reservations.
There are tons of tables, squeezed a tad too close for comfort (I was afraid I would knock into our neighbors trying to exit). The wine list was good, nothing screamed out at me, but I enjoyed what I ordered.