Two high-profile spots from veteran restaurateurs drawn to Nashville from bigger cities have opened their doors along the West End corridor.
As I reported in July, Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante is the second location of a popular Italian restaurant and wine bar in Miami Beach.
Sardinia co-owners Tony Gallo (general manager) and Pietro Vardeu (chef) have staked out a 7,000-square- foot space at the Park View Towers, just off West End and Elliston Place. (It’s the same building that houses Kobe Steaks.)
They tout fresh touches on the Sardinia menu like mozzarella and burrata (a buttery fresh cheese) made in house. Meat and seafood entrees are grilled in a wood-burning oven. The Sardinia team also emphasizes the wine program, offering wines by the glass, the bottle and the relatively new (to Nashville) quartino-size portion — it’s a carafe that is a quarter-liter of wine, around 8 ounces or roughly one-and-a-half glasses.
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante is at 210 25th Ave. N. The phone number is 320-9147. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The menu focuses on “French comfort food,” in a neighborhood bistro atmosphere. The menu focuses on the cuisine of Southern France, with a bit of Italian influence. (In his youth, Jacques Hourtal spent time with relatives in the Piedmont region of Italy.) Lunch looks especially affordable, with sandwiches and entrees in the $7.50 to $12 range.
Riviera Provincial Grill is at 1812 Hayes St. The phone number is 835- 2912. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday. Hours: lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner 5 to 9 p.m. (Sun- day hours will be added later this year.)
A version of this post appeared in my Food Biz column in today's print edition of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.