tangredi’s italian kitchen

I am not much of a restaurant reviewer. My typical reviews of restaurants or music tend to be “it was good. i liked it”. But, I had a good experience I thought I’d relay.. I always pretty much ignored Chez Jose when it was in the little corner spot on Elliston, and thus I never paid much attention to the restaurant that replaced it: Tangredi’s — a little italian place.

Last night, some friends and I were going to go to Chili’s (no, I don’t know either. it wasn’t my idea), and of course it was packed to the gills. Shocker! So, we wandered down to Tangredi’s. We approached with some trepidation, because it’s a fairly small place, and by the looks of it, the entire staff was on a smokebreak out back. But, we were seated promptly in a cozy table. The place was pretty much empty, which is also always cause for alarm. Their bar is pretty expansive, but no beer. Just liquor and wine. I started with scotch and soda and a diet coke. (We were going to a haunted house, so I wanted to make sure to mix some relaxation with a heightened sense of awareness.) I ordered the linquine and clams, the rest of my table had “penne a la vodka” — which looked like penne in some marinara sauce — and a crawfish dish that looked awesome. The clams were great, in a light white wine/garlic sauce. It was tasty.

The place started to fill up later as the Vandy game crowd decided to get food. The menu was reasonable.. $13-17 or so entrees. Nashville is not really known for its Italian food, so I was surprised to find this place. It wasn’t half bad. Good service, good food.. cute waitress, to boot. I’ll be going there again.

1 Comment so far

  1. RONNIE &THERESA (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    BY FAR THE VERY BEST ITALIAN FOOD I HAVE HAD IN NASHVILLE SINCE I MOVED HERE 20 YEARS AGO. I HAVE BEEN LONGING FOR NEW YORK STYLE TRUE ITALIAN COOKING FOR WAY TOO LONG. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL AS THE ATMOSPHERE. TIM WAS OUR WAITER AND HE KNOWS HOW TO SERVE YOU. THIS WILL BE MY FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT NOW THAT I HAVE FOUND TANGREDI’S. THE AMOUNT OF FOOD YOU GET PER PLATE IS INCREDIBLE COMPARED TO THESE OTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN NASHVILLE. PRICE IS VERY REASONABLE AND MY MOUTH IS WATERING JUST THINKING ABOUT THE FOOD WE HAD LAST NIGHT. CAN’T WAIT TO GO AGAIN. THANKS MICHAEL FOR GREAT FOOD. RONNIE & THERESA



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