1222 4th Ave. N., Germantown
City House’s rustic Italian-meets-Southern food stands out from that of the rest of the Nashville restaurant scene in that it's a true foodie’s restaurant (get the braised fennel with Montasio cheese pizza from their wood-burning oven). You’ll also find brisket and fried catfish on the menu if you’re looking for a Southern fix, but after all the fried chicken you'll likely eat, it might be a relief to get some ingeniously treated vegetables. Stop by the bar on your way in or out, as the bartenders here know their stuff.
Rolf & Daughters
700 Taylor St., Germantown
This small-ish, rustic eatery is situated in the hip Germantown area and has all the elements one might expect from a trusty neighborhood spot: Massive communal tables, a well-stocked bar, and exposed brick walls. While chef and owner Philip Krajeck’s menu is loaded with hearty, Mediterranean-inflected comfort food (octopus, pastured chicken with garlic confit, and several kinds of crostini), the specialty here is pasta. From dough to sauce, it’s made entirely from scratch, and runs the gamut from classic sweet potato agnolotti to more inventive iterations like nettle tagliatelle and squid ink campanelle.
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