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Nicolettos Pasta To Open East Nashville Restaurant
Handcrafted pasta will be the focus of a new restaurant and retail shop planned for East Nashville.
Brothers Ryan and Danny Nicoletto, owners of East Nashville-based Nicoletto’s Pasta Co., are preparing to open Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen at 2905A Gallatin Pike later this month.
Since launching their pasta company, the Nicoletto brothers have been selling their fresh and dried pastas at farmers markets in the area and to wholesale clients such as Coco’s Italian Market, Lockeland Table, Batch, Porter Road Butcher and Fido.
“We’re both fanatics over pasta. We eat it pretty much every day. Being from the Chicago area, you can get a lot of really good Italian food pretty much on every block. I’ve been in Nashville for 10 years and I see a huge need for more Italian-type food that’s affordable and fast-casual,” Danny Nicoletto said.
The pasta is made in small batches from a variety of grains, including heritage grains, sourced from U.S. mills. The brothers restored 30-year-old pasta machines at the East Nashville manufacturing facility.
“We definitely take a lot of extra steps in preparing the pasta. We don’t want to load our food with unnatural ingredients,” Danny Nicoletto said.
Ryan Nicoletto said the company’s flavored pasta has no powders or dyes, citing the spinach pasta that uses 2 pounds of spinach in every 12-pound batch.
The 700-square-foot Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen will be fast-casual and customers can buy pasta by the pound or create their own pasta bowl and dine at the restaurant. It will have a small outdoor patio.
“I like to compare it to New York deli-style. You walk in and look to the right and see pasta being made — like handmade gnocchi and ravioli — and a deli case filled with different (pasta) cuts you can buy by the pound. Or if you want a pasta bowl, we’ll create that on the spot,” Danny Nicoletto said.
Pasta bowl options will include five types of pasta; marinara, pesto and alfredo sauces; hand-rolled meatballs, vegan and vegetarian meatballs; grilled veggies; Italian sausage; and chicken. The menu also will include a chopped romaine salad and arugula salad with a lemon basil vinaigrette.
The grand opening for Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen, led by Chef Saverio Castellucci, is planned for Feb. 20. The restaurant plans to offer late-night hours Thursday through Saturday.
Also this week, two Nashville chefs announced plans to open a Korean fried chicken joint called The Birdhouse at 726 McFerrin Ave. in East Nashville. Other restaurants preparing to open on the east side include Burger Up at 970 Woodland St., Vinyl Tap record shop and craft beer bar at 2038 W. Greenwood Ave., East Nashville Beer Works at 320 E. Trinity Lane and Boutique Burger Bar at 914 Gallatin Ave.
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