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
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
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
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.