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Savarno's Cucina - 20 Reviews - 2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (615) 460-9878

Savarno's Cucina

2121 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-9878
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Awesome food. My wife and I were told how good it was by our daughter.she was right. I had the rigitoni and meatballs and she had the chicken parm. And then we has one he those gr...


My Wife and I saw Savarno's on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and got excited when we saw it was located here in Nashville. We live in Franklin, but made the small trip to downtown Nas...

Great real Italian very affordable 1/2/2012

Awesome food. My wife and I were told how good it was by our daughter.she was right. I had the rigitoni and meatballs and she had the chicken parm. And then we has one he those great Italian treats in the case. I highly recommend. more

Awesome Place! 11/9/2011

Great Italian Food! Ive had almost everything on the menu- its all awesome! more

Great, Authentic Itialian! 8/26/2011

Awesome family run business. Corrado and his whole family do a great job. There is usually a bit of a wait, but it is well worth it. Just discovered Savarno's a few weeks ago and have now eaten there 4 times -- getting a different dish each time. Everything from the main dishes to the deserts are excellent. Definitely not pre-fab food. Highly recommended. more

My son said it's the best he's EVER had! 3/2/2011

I don’t have a review yet, but will after my son & daughter-in-law takes me there for my birthday this weekend. In the meantime, I just want to say my son’s a chef & said this is BY FAR the best Italian he’s ever had! He said this is AUTHENTIC Italian food, (yes, with ingredients imported from Italy) not the American version, with stock coming from a supply house. And that the portions are so large for the money they charge, he doesn’t understand how they can be making any profit. MOST people don’t cook from total scratch, so they don’t know how long it should really take to do that, so for those folks, it’s a long time to the table. If you don’t treasure quality any better than that, go somewhere else. As for Laura (11-15-10), who thought it was perfectly OK to take a BIRTHDAY PARTY (no less) to a restaurant that cooks from scratch ONE HOUR before closing, I’d say whoever answered the phone when you first called, clearly didn’t catch all of what you said. I’d bet you’re one of those groups that make a huge mess, change everything on the menu, let your kids run nuts & then camps out & leaves a lousy tip. Restaurant people know your kind. For David Legg (1-14-11), who said the sauce in “ineatable”. . . wow. You don’t even have a firm command of the basic English language, so how credible are your words? I’d bet you eat Chef Boyardee. In a nutshell, how much culture do any of you have that entitles you to accurately judge authentic Italian? Oh, & did I mention my son said the chef usually delivers the food to his table himself? How many restaurants can say that? more

Best Italian desserts in Nashville!!!! 2/12/2011

My family and I visited Savarno's Cucina for lunch on a busy friday afternoon. We were excited to go there because we had heard it was on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. It is in a very busy and fun part of Nashville. We were surprised to find parking right in front of the restaurant and to get seated right away. However, we waited 40min for our lunches. It was worth the wait!!! I would recommend going at a less busy time or perhaps pre-ordering your food. It was worth going just because of the wonderful selection of desserts. more

Not coming back! Expect a super long wait! 2/6/2011

My Wife and I saw Savarno's on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and got excited when we saw it was located here in Nashville. We live in Franklin, but made the small trip to downtown Nashville just to eat at Savarno's. Being a Saturday, free parking in the area was filled up, so we parked in the paid parking, which is like $3.00 an hour. We only paid for only an hour thinking there is no way we would be in Savarno's longer than that. But boy were we wrong! We simply ordered two sandwiches and we literally had to wait over 50 minutes for them! Then when we got them, I expected them to taste like heaven for that long of a wait, but instead it was something barely better than you could get at Subway. Our meal was over $20 Dollars for two sandwiches and two waters. While we were waiting for our sandwhiches, I had to go back and pay for another hour of parking, so I ended up spending $6.00 dollars in parking. I know the parking situation isn't necessarily Savarno's fault and it comes with the territory, but the main issue is having to wait over 50 minutes for just two semi-ok sandwhiches. Everyone around us was getting mad about their orders taking forever as well. An old couple near us who also ordered two sandwiches asked the rather large lady who works at the register, why it takes almost an hour for two sandwiches, and she just replied in an rude manner ""it's first come first serve!"" and then walked away from them. We were really disappointed with Savarno's and we don't plan on coming back. I really think they have big heads now that they have been on TV and they think they can treat customers like crap and still get our business! more

NOT GOOD AT ALL 1/14/2011

I was so excited to come visit Savarinos once I saw it on Diners Drive inns and Dives. SO DISAPPOINTED. Guy you missed this one. The red sauce was so salty it was ineatable. When we shared our concerns we were told then dont eat it. WOW really, that is how you are gonna operate a businiess. GODD LUCK more

Closed the door in our face, an hour before closing 11/15/2010

Wow, what jerks. Our birthday party of six called ahead to confirm Savarino's hours for Saturday evening. They told use they closed at 8pm and to arrive no later than 7:30pm to be seated. We arrived at 6:55pm and the hostess literally closed the door in our face. What respectable business closes an hour early on Saturday night, knowing that a birthday party was coming in??? What's worse is that we drove 30mins just to get there. I will NEVER dine at this restaurant. There are way to many great places who put their customers first to waste time with these idiots. more

my name explains it all. 11/10/2010

ive had good italian food and this is not a place to go for it! the service was terrible along with the bland food. i went there for lunch with some girlfriends after seeing this place on the drive and dine show w/food network to see what it was about. it took them forever (40 mins) to serve our food. our meals were not up to par for them to have been on any food show. not sure what all the hype is about... beginning to wonder if restaurants pay to be on tv for a boost in business. maybe it was just a bad day for them but after reading some of the other reviews i think not. more

I tell my family and friends,"" when you come visit, we will 2/22/2010

I recently moved here from NJ. It was hard to find that little, cozy italian cafe /restaurant. I was really excited, sat there with a smile on my face after every bite.This place is definately on my list of the usual places I go more

Best Place Ever 2/21/2010

My Uncle took me to this restaurant when I visited him one summer. I had the greatest time there with all the people. The food I ate there was definately good. Especially the Calamari. I didn't make friends there, I made Family, and thats how it is there. Even for people that walk off the street. They do get a bit rowdy, but there are many great stories to be heard from each of them. I will always remember Savarino's, and everytime I go to Nashville, I plan on going there whenever I can. I hope you all can agree with me on that. I just wish all restaurants had the same feeling to them. Pros: Good food, treated as Family, whats better? Cons: They're Italian, so it gets noisy... more

Fantastic simple Italian cuisine in a family setting 2/10/2010

I always enjoy going to Savarino's. Corrado is a great host and the food is always delicious. Be prepared to wait a while for the food to be prepared, as there are no microwaves on site. The food is very simple and very good. Don't expect fancy flavor combinations or beautiful garnishes and presentation. Do expect tradition Italian fare with fantastic sauce, amazing breads and the best homemade desserts in town. Very allergy friendly as well, as Corrado prepares everything on-site. If you're unsure as to what the ingredients of a certain meal are, just ask and he'll let you know if it is safe or not. Pros: Desserts, simple food, great people, relaxing setting, Cons: Be prepared to take your time and enjoy more

Must've really gone downhill 11/23/2009

Have read write ups on this place, and was excited to finally go. What a disappointment. I should have known something was wrong when restaurants on both sides were busy, and there was no one in Savarno's. Placed order with woman behind counter, who didn't seem to want to be there. Pizza came out burnt, and bland. My grandson who loves pizza wouldn't even eat it. I had a sandwich, which was very unimpressive. Seemed to have been thrown together in a hurry. Balsamic vinegar soaked one side of sandwich, and there was none on the other. \r What a rip off! No wonder no one was in the place. I surely won't ever go back. The building should be very nice for the next restaurant that goes in...because I'm sure Savarno's won't be there much longer. Pros: It's in a great location! Cons: Food, Service, Atmosphere more

fun sandwich options 10/29/2008

i went for lunch today and had the artichoke heart, roasted red pepper and goat cheese sandwich. they had a lot of dfferent sandwiches to choose from so it was hard to pick. the bread was obviously fresh and very crispy. my friend and i shared a rice ball which had a lot of flavor without being too overwhelming. they feature a different pasta special everyday so if today hadn't been carbonara day i would have tried a special. definitely recommend as non-generic italian with some thought put into the menu. Pros: fun for lunch, potential to have casual dinner outside on the porch, cute deli ambience Cons: parking more

It Was Just Average for Me 2/21/2008

I recently went to Savarino's because I had heard about all the hype. Decided to take the recommendations of not only those reviewing here, but also from print articles. Ordered the Lasagna and a slice of cheesecake. The cheesecake was not that good. Publix cheesecake is 10X better. Lasagna was huge portion as other reviewers touted but it was very salty and oily. I did not enjoy my lunch. I was truly disappointed by the cheesecake. I grew up in NYC and I've had my share of NY Style Cheesecake. The pastries looked great, but I'm glad I didn't get any of those because I think I would have also been disappointed. I truly was not impressed by Savarino's at all. Maybe it was all the hype. I suggest you go to the Italian Market off of Charlotte. It is soooooo much better and the food is DELICIOUS too. I think I'll stick with them when I want to have authentic Italian food and sandwiches. They know how to prepare Italian food that tastes delicious. Pros: Large Lasagna Portion Cons: Food Does not Taste As Good As It Looks more

Very Good Cheesecake 11/10/2007

Yummy desserts, especially the cheesecake! Lasagna was great and a very generous portion easily enough for 2 people. Marinated veggie sandwich was a bit too vinegar-y for me, but veggies tender and good. Only a few tables so take out is a good idea. Last time I checked they didn't serve plain coffee--just espressos, etc. Italian grocery items available for purchase, too. Parking lot is tiny, but street parking is available. Get there early on weekend to get freshly baked pastries before they're gone! more

The only authentic Italian food Experience in Nashville. A must for food lovers. 8/27/2007

This is the place that Italian people who are in the ""know"" eat at. Most cities outside of the Northeast have convinced their citizens that a five-star Italian Dining Experience should consist of overwhelming portions of rich creamy pastas and cheesy lasagnas being served to you in low lighting by someone wearing a tuxedo. Well, let me be the first to say that although there is nothing wrong with that, it is far from what Italian food is. Being from a Italian community in Western Pa., I came to take for granted the dining experiences that my family and I had when we would go out to eat. Since I moved away seven years ago, at first to Southern Cal and then here, it became apparent to me that I may never again enjoy a real Italian meal like I used to get back home. Well, that all changed when I ate at Savarinos for the first time. Finally, a place in Nashville that understood. I literally had tears in my eyes while eating my broccoli rabe and sharing a riceball and some stuffed peppers with my girlfriend and while sampling some of her gemilli with grilled vegetables. Since then, I have returned numerous times and have had sampled just about every item on the menu. And believe me, there is something for everyone: Fresh salads complete with homemade dressing, sandwiches, meats and cheeses that are truly delish, vegetarian dishes, the basics (pizza, chicken parm, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna ... ) and more regionally inspired cuisine like the Chicken Val D'Aosta. Oh and of course there are the homemade gelatos, cheesecakes and cookies. Savarinos does so easily what all other Italian eateries in this town fail to understand, that real Italian cooking comes from simple and fresh ingrediants that are prepared from the heart. Real Italian food is not intended to just fatten your stomach and lighten your wallet, real Italian food is supposed to make you smile. When you eat here, you are part of their family, and your happiness is their only concern. Pros: Something for everyone, inexpensive, and very authentic. Cons: You may have to wait longer than you would at olive garden. But its so worth it. more

Fantastic Italian store/deli 2/26/2007

Best Italian eatery in town. They have a daily selection of freshly prepared dishes, sandwiches, breads, desserts, etc. The owners are always helpful in explaining what their specials are and what selections of meats and cheeses they have. They are always happy to give a sample and most items in the store are not readily available elsewhere in town. The chicken parm. sandwich is great and their Saturday seafood salad can't be beat. \r \r If you don't have the patience to wait a few minutes for the excellent quality of what they offer... go to McDonalds or Olive Garden. more

Good bread . . . 2/10/2007

I want this place to do well and wish I could give it a glowing review, but my experience on the two occasions I've been there has been mixed. The first time I visited was a few months ago, within a week or so of their opening. I ordered two sandwiches to go. Even though it was not busy, it was about a 15-minute wait for the order to be ready. Assuming the stuff is already cooked and just needs assembly, that's pretty slow. The sandwiches (one meatball, one eggplant parmesan) were decent and HUGE. If you want a lighter lunch plan to split one.\r \r \r I could forgive the slowness of the first visit since they had just opened and they were probably still working out the kinks. Plus, the loaf of herb bread I picked up to eat with dinner that night was so soft and delicious!\r \r \r Recently I went back to pick up another loaf of that herb bread. They only had the plain Italian loaf that day, so I got that instead. We decided to order some coffee and sit down. Again, it wasn't busy -- the cashier went straight from taking our order to making our espresso and cappuccino. It still took close to 10 minutes to get our coffee, and the cappuccino had no foam on top.\r \r \r They also carry Italian meats, cheeses, and other grocery items, plus pastries and baked goods. I'll go back for the bread, but I'm not sure the menu items are worth the long wait. more

Sure to be fantastic! 1/22/2007

I'll be honest. I have yet to visit Savarino's, but I am familiar with one of the coowners. If this little restaurant is any reflection of the character and accomodation always put forth by once Bosco's bartender, Brandon (never got his last name) this place is sure to be a success. My boyfriend and I have thoroughly enjoyed a cask beer and a Calzone de Bosco pizza on many an occasion, but no matter how strong the craving for a Flaming Stone may have been, if Brandon wasn't behind the bar, the whole experience was a wash. He is professional, has a very unique and polished pallette for beer and food alike and well, he's just plain fun. We've laughed at his entertaining antics long after dinner was finished, and we sure do miss seeing him behind that bar. But here's to you Brandon! Can't wait to pop in for dinner this week and sample what I know will be a fabulously enjoyable Italian meal! We wish you all the luck in the world. Pros: Great location, sure to be great service Cons: Is there a bocce court? Hmmmmm. more
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  • In Short
    Smells of fresh baked bread and garlic permeate this traditional New York-style cafe, which specializes in classic Italian offerings from eggplant Parmesan to their signature...

  • 11/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon. - Sun. 7am - 8pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Hillsboro West End