Grace Ghazarian’s passion for health has taken her around the world. After tending to patients in Uganda and Mumbai and spending seven years caring for critically ill children in a pediatric cardiac intensive-care unit, the registered nurse decided to share her lifesaving skills with others. She started Precious Hearts to teach CPR, AED use, and first aid to babysitters, teachers, parents, and health-care providers, and anyone who wants to be ready to help in a crisis.
Students can sign up for noncertification or certification courses to learn essential skills in a hands-on format. Precious Hearts also trains friends and family members during in-home CPR parties, which never require RSVPs from demonstration dummies.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and buffalo hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, gluten-free crust $14.99, each additional topping $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).
Amerigo’s executive chef Stephen Ward maintains a healthy rapport with local farmers to source fresh ingredients, which fill the eatery with the aromas of garlic, basil, tomatoes, and polenta. The Nashville Scene has lauded his efforts to work with area agrarians, and Amerigo also received the 2009 Diner's Choice award from OpenTable. In the bustling kitchen, chefs pull pizzas from the rippling-hot waves of a brick oven, where pickled onions cook into molten feta from Tennessee-based Bonnie Blue farms. Gluten-free and wheat pastas as well as ravioli and tortellini stuffed with smoked chicken and crab swim in a range of house-made sauces, and the complex earthy scent of cedar wood mingles with the aromas of fresh fish. The wine list brims with local elixirs and wines from Italy, which clink together in glasses with the soft jangling of robots playing Twister.
Antonios' of Nashville combines the traditional flavors of northern Italy with a down-home Southern hospitality. The savory menu includes a variety of pampered veal dishes, such as the costoletto di vitello al parmigiana ($25.95), which features a French-cut veal rib chop, dusted in seasoned bread crumbs, sautéed in clarified butter, layered with tomato filets, fresh mozzarella, unconditional love, basil, and parmesan, and served over linguine. Antonios' of Nashville specializes in preparing fish, the vegetables of the sea, and the scampi alla Antonios' ($22.95) comes baked with heart-healthy olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, a dash of Sambucca, herbs, and feta. The costolette di agnello ($25.95)—roasted rack of lamb marinated with rosemary, thyme, and garlic—is carved tableside by an expert knife-wielder in order to protect patrons from tempted lamb pirates. No Italian meal or pre-inquisition carbo load would be complete without pasta, and Antonios' of Nashville offers many al dente delights—including melanzane sorrentino ($16.95), a thinly sliced eggplant and cheese bake—sung to sleep on a bed of angel hair pasta.