Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend indulging in some of your favorite things! Since getting back from Europe, my husband and I have been on a pasta kick. However, it’s not easy finding authentic Italian food that tastes just like it was prepared in Italy. We have had to search and search and a few weeks ago we came somewhat close! For this pasta lover, I'll take close!
Pastaria recently opened its doors and has been packed every night since. They do not take reservations, so if you don't want to wait, make sure you get there by at least 5:30 to beat the crowd.
We arrived for dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 on a Sunday night. We always like to order a glass of wine or a cocktail with our dinner, and bonus, they have a great happy hour! We ordered a carafe of wine (about 4 glasses) for $13. In Nashville, TN that’s a steal!
We decided it was a must to try the crispy risotto balls and they were incredible! They come with a marinara sauce and herb aioli. I surprisingly preferred the aioli with mine.
After our appetizer, the hubs ordered the classic Spaghetti Bolognese and I ordered the Pistachio Ravioli. They were both absolutely delicious! Blake is a major Bolognese fan and I typically go with creamier pasta, so I was really excited to try something different. The Pistachio Ravioli has a brown butter sauce that is melt in your mouth good. It has a hint of lemon which adds a nice zest. My leftovers were even better the next day!
They also have a carving station for bread that is fresh out of the oven. I could have been happy just indulging in the bread and olive oil. The smell filled the air and I was drooling from the moment we walked in the door.
Did I mention that the restaurant is also aesthetically pleasing? They have a beautiful open kitchen where you can watch the staff prepare the breads, pizzas and pastas. The lighting is just right and decor is unique. I would be happy to just sit in their dining room munching on bread and sipping on wine while reading a good book.
So with that being said, if you find yourself in the mood for some pasta and a great happy hour, check out Pastaria! I think your tastebuds will be pleasantly surprised!
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