Caffe Nonna, the invitingly raucous home-style Italian restaurant in Sylvan Park, gets hopping in a hurry, especially on weekends. Given the noise level on a Saturday night, the 45 or so diners that can be jammed into this cozy place must all be talking at the same time - inevitably about the wonderful food. Chef and co-owner Daniel Maggipinto has created a number of winning dishes based on his childhood and inspired by his own nonna
(Italian grandmother). Signature entrées include butternut squash lasagna and the sublime seafood Angelina (mussels, shrimp, scallops and baby clams over fettuccini).You can also build your own pasta dish with your choice of pasta, sauce, meats and vegetables - try the smoked gouda ravioli with the tangy Amatriciana sauce (pancetta, onion, chili flakes, white wine and marinara).
"Friendly, warm, cozy and wall-to-wall lively, serving good, hearty fare at prices so thoughtful you'll return again and again - if you can snag one of the 40 seats from the regulars who jealously guard this neighborhood treasure."
- Nashville Scene