City House | Always Aubrey

Friday, September 9, 2016

City House

Nashville was buzzing about the food at City House long before the James Beard Award came along for its chef Tandy Wilson.  But since I'm behind the times, and Germantown is a good half-an-hour drive from us, it took us a while to get there.  We'd heard nothing but good things!



City House claims a "rustic" Italian menu, and some great cocktails too.  I started with the Bella (Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Grapefruit Juice, Campari, Lemon) and Dan started with the Solomon (George Dickel Rye, Orchard Apricot, Salt, Orange).  Both were strong and smooth.  I can't resist a gin drink with grapefruit flavors, and this restaurant had quite a few cocktails that tempted me!



I felt like I *had* to get a pizza, because I heard they're the thing at City House.  I wasn't disappointed.  I went for the Belly Ham pizza with Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Oregano, and Chilies.  I added a fried egg.  (Note: I learned later that's a $3 upcharge, quite the pricy egg!)  Aside from the egg, I felt like the entrees were really reasonably priced, with most under $20.



As for the pizza?  OH. EM. GEE.  That belly ham tasted like bacon and ham had a delicious baby.  Everything about the pizza from the toppings to the crust was awesome.  I was totally fan-girling, and so very happy that I hadn't come in with high expectations only to be underwhelmed.  This pizza was one of the best things I've eaten in a while!



I would say the pizzas are shareable in size, but if it's your entree, you could eat most of one yourself.  It's a thinner crust, and while it looks huge, you'll find it disappearing before your eyes because it's soooo good.



Dan had the cavatelli (really good, fresh-tasting pasta!) with Brisket, Zucchini, Tomato, Black Pepper, Pecorino.  It was a heavy dish, so I'm not sure I could have finished that!  Very dense and tasty.  Pasta al dente, so if that's not your thing, don't pick it.  If we go back, Dan will probably go for a pizza too!



Date night means dessert, right?  Apple Caramel Dumpling for two!  The buttermilk sorbet on top was tart and really an interesting flavor.  I wouldn't eat that alone, but in the context of the apples, oats, pecans, and caramel, it was a yummy sweet finish to our meal.



Our server was fantastic, and so was our hostess.  (We arrived 20 minutes early and were able to be seated right away, on a Saturday night!  That said, we're early birds; it's not that hard to get a 6pm reservation compared to later when the cool kids eat.)

I'd definitely come back to City House!



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