food column

Zinser

Sumner County has a shortage of fine dining destinations. If one is not a member of  

either Tennessee Grasslands or Bluegrass Country Clubs, your fine dining option is to drive to

Nashville for dinner. When several fellow foodies started talking up a new Hendersonville restaurant, Rosie’s, it got my attention. It took several tries, but we finally were able to get a

reservation.

The chef owner, Andy Hayes, has an impeccable culinary pedigree. In New York City he  

worked at legendary restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Since coming to Middle Tennessee, he has  

applied his talents at restaurants Husk, Etch and Moto – all fine dining destinations in Music  

City.

While I would not label the restaurant an Italian restaurant, there is a definite nod to

Italy on the menu. The pasta dishes and the wine list are the best evidence. To start, we tried

the meatballs with a Sunday Sauce and garlic bread and Handcut Jamon Mangalica on

Pimenton Chips. They were excellent.

For entrees, our five- member party ordered the Black Fettuccine (with shrimp, lobster, and chorizo), Blueberry Lasagna (borrowed from the Moto menu), Iberico pork (with a spicy mojo sauce), scallops and striped bass. Everyone loved their entrees. The Tuscan bread that came with the meal was great. I love good bread with a meal.

All too often today restaurants have deemphasized quality bread service.

The eclectic wine list has only a few selections from the USA, focusing on various regions

in Italy (Veneto, Umbria, Trentino, Sicily, Marche, Tuscany). There were selections from Spain,

France and Greece as well. The restaurant charges a $25 corkage fee if you bring a bottle of

your own wine. However, the corkage fee is waived if you also purchase a bottle of wine from

the restaurant’s list. We ordered a bottle of Nevo D’ Avola, the premier red grape of Sicily. It

was very good. I was impressed that the wine glasses were Riedel stemware.

For dessert we shared the chocolate bread pudding and the lemon budin. We loved

them both.

The service was excellent. Our server, a veteran of Moto in Nashville, was very knowledgeable and professional. We are already planning our next visit! Rosie is a small restaurant, seating maybe 60 patrons.

Run, don’t walk to Rosie’s -- if you can snag a reservation.

Michael Zinser, long time Gallatin resident, is president of The Zinser Law Firm, PC, Nashville.

                                                                                         

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