Nashville Restaurants: The Cookery

The Cookery: Photo by Michael W. Bunch

The Cookery: Photo by Michael W. Bunch

This week the Nashville Scene visits The Cookery, where a culinary education program for homeless men results in a restaurant that nourishes customers and staff alike. Find that review and other recent restaurant columns at:

Nashville Restaurants.

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Nashville Restaurants: Sinema

Sinema: Photo by Eric England

Sinema: Photo by Eric England

This week the Nashville Scene visits Sinema, where former Top Chef contestant Dale Levitski delivers a stellar culinary experience against the Oscar-worthy backdrop of a former movie theater. Find that review and other recent restaurant columns at:

Nashville Restaurants.

Gnocchi Day Returns to Tango Grill

You might remember a few years back when Nola’s restaurant hosted Gnocchi Day on the 29th of each month. Here’s a snippet from a story I wrote about the ritual in the Nashville Scene:

Gnocchi Day stems from the early part of the 20th century, when many Europeans—particularly Italians—immigrated to South America. Caught off-guard by the region’s custom of paying out salaries only at the end of the month, many Europeans living in Uruguay, Argentina and neighboring countries found themselves in the final days of the pay cycle with empty pockets, bare cupboards and hungry bellies. The solution: scour the larder for staples such as potatoes and flour to make a simple, filling dish of Italian-style dumplings. And if there’s any stale bread hanging around, make a bread pudding.

Here’s the full story from May 24, 2007.

Nola’s closed a few years ago, but restaurateur Alexia Humphrey is reviving Gnocchi Day at her new enterprise, Tango Grill.

Tango Grill’s next Gnocchi Day is Friday, Aug. 29. A plate of housemade gnocchi with meat or tomato sauce and bread pudding for dessert is $14, lunch or dinner.

Tango Grill is located at 4930 Linbar Dr., 509-6654.

Nashville Restaurants: Bella Nashville Bakery

Bella Nashville Bakery: Photo by Eric England

Bella Nashville Bakery: Photo by Eric England

This week the Nashville Scene visits Bella Nashville Bakery in the Shops on Fatherland in East Nashville. The peanut butter sandwich might remind you of a favorite childhood song, but the made-from-scratch delicacy is anything but child’s play. Find that review and other recent restaurant columns at:

Nashville Restaurants.