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My friend and I were suckered in by the Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives hype. We were in Nashville for a concert and thought we’d try one of Guy’s recommendations. WHAT A MISTAKE!!
I really liked the look /feel of the neighborhood. We arrived at Savarino’s Cucina at 11:45 on a Friday and there was absolutely NO PARKING so we figured there would be a wait. Being Friday and lunchtime we were prepared. We finally pried our small car into a non-space behind the restaurant. Parking in back was a mistake because we got a preview of how poorly maintained the building/back lot are, a taste (pun intended) of things to come?
There were a few tables occupied on the front patio and only one table occupied inside. I have no idea where all the people who belonged to the cars in front and back were hiding. If the cars were employees there need to be alternate arrangements made for staff parking.
The logistics of ordering are not obvious. A small “Order at the front counter” sign would be a major improvement. We waited at least ten minutes for a staff member to come to the counter to take our order. The arrangement of counter, kitchen and tables is not well designed or even tidy. The kitchen is way too far away from the counter and many more tables could be included in the layout. It all seems randomly arranged, without any thought being put into service.
We ordered a stuffed artichoke and two orders of the Chicken val “D” Aosta. For drinks, the restaurant has a self-serve cooler. I was happy with a bottle of water but my friend wanted a diet soda. There were no diet sodas available, NONE . COME ON! We were given a number after ordering then seated ourselves. And we WAITED, and WAITED! One hour later, some 18-20 year old guy comes out and smacks down our plates and scurries back into the kitchen without so much as an, “Anything else?” The stuffed artichoke was bad, barely any stuffing, which is the point of stuffing an artichoke. The chicken and pasta were tasty and the sauce was GREAT but we were served about ½ cup of pasta and a small piece of meat. Menu price for that dish $12.95 is OUTRAGIOUS!!
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