Sandwich of the Week: Savarino’s Cucina’s Stevie B
Should you ever find yourself in Nashville, Tenn., and have a desire for Italian cuisine, you should go directly to Savarino's Cucina on Belcourt Avenue in Hillsboro Village. Corrado Savarino, who trained as a baker in Manhattan and Brooklyn before coming to Nashville, runs this wonderful little restaurant and bakery with his wife and children. They have a varied selection of pastas and other entrées, namely orecchietti and broccoli rabe, with or without sausage. By special request, his wife makes a Sicilian pizza, which is more like a calzone… spinach, olives, and pine nuts or mozzarella and sausage.
There is also a wide variety of sandwiches, my favorite being the Stevie B. Imagine, if you will, Asiago cheese layered between slices of lightly breaded and sautéed slices of eggplant, topped off with broccoli rabe, bomba calabrese, lettuce, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar, all piled on to a freshly baked roll. Don't forget to ask for a side of marinara for dipping.
Don't be in a hurry when you order this sandwich... there is a sign by the register that, loosely translated from the Italian, says, "If you're in a hurry, don't waste your time or mine." After you’re done, try any of the baked goods and other desserts — they are all made in-house and each is better than the next.
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