Sardinia Enoteca is a relatively new restaurant on 25th Avenue, directly across from Centennial Park. The major issue for a restaurant in this area is parking. Valet parking is provided for Sardinia and its neighbor Kobe Steak during the evening. In the daytime, self-parking is available on the lowest garage level; a directional sign is posted. The restaurant is also an easy walk from anywhere in the Vanderbilt area.
Sardinia Enoteca is a paradise for house-made Italian dishes. Most are prepared in a wood-fired oven visible from the eating area. Menu items are listed in Italian, but the wait staff is very helpful in answering any questions. For example, I asked what I might expect on a 'Sardinia' pizza. This floury-dough pizza features Italian sausage, broccoli rabe (broccoli leaves and small stems), tomato sauce, and house-made mozzarella. I've included a picture of this piquant dish in the slide show accompanying this article. It is certainly a different taste sensation I haven't experienced at other restaurants. A generous and varied bread basket is provided with each meal, with sides of extra virgin olive oil and whipped butter for dining enjoyment. You will definitely want a To Go box with a meal here.
This restaurant is actually for wine lovers. Even the decor celebrates the historic wine bottle, and wine temperatures are scrupulously maintained. Unlike many American restaurants, a glass of water is provided with each meal, and refills are readily available. Much to my relief as a non-wine drinker, you can also get sweet or unsweet tea, with refills.
For a real Italian eating experience with house-made food, Sardinia Enoteca is the best choice I've found in Nashville.