Ever since Amerigo Vespucci won the race to discover the New World, most U.S. citizens have forgotten how close we came to being named Vasco de Gamerica. Give thanks to the great explorer with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of New World Italian cuisine at Amerigo. Amerigo's classic Italian dishes are prepared with a wood-fired grill and oven that gives its fresh and flavorful ingredients an Old World feel. This Nashville favorite won a 2009 Diner's Choice award from OpenTable in four categories. Your Groupon is good at either the Nashville or Brentwood restaurant. Prices and menus vary slightly depending on the location; click here to see the Nashville menu and here to see the Brentwood menu.
Prep your palate for Italian dinner abbondanza with Amerigo's signature cheese fritters fried with marinara and honey mustard ($5 for a small plate, $9.50 for full). Pastas include traditional favorites such as oven-roasted lasagna ($11.50) and shrimp scampi ($13.50), as well as creative dishes like the house-smoked duck and sausage pasta tossed in white wine and garlic butter sauce with diced tomatoes, scallions, and spices served over angel-hair pasta ($13.) Amerigo's flame-grilled portobello-mushroom salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing ($9.50) offers a lighter alternative, particularly to the 14-ounce aged Tuscan rib-eye steak ($24.50) and cedarwood-roasted, double-cut, cured pork-loin chop ($19.50). All of Amerigo's food is prepared using the freshest produce, meats, seafood, and fine cheeses, such as Grana Padano parmesan. Pair your plate with an Old or New World wine by the glass or by the bottle.
Much like the rich world presented in the gritty documentary Ratatouille, the cuisine is only the half of the dining experience. Amerigo provides the other half with its casual yet classy atmosphere of white tablecloths, an upbeat black-and-white checkered floor, dark wood, high-backed booths, and intimate lighting—all refreshingly free of hypnotic pulses. Service is polished and professional yet earthy and venerable, like that silver spoon you found in a forest when you were a kid. Your Groupon is good for takeout or dine-in; call ahead for reservations.
This Groupon is not valid on Valentine's Day.
Amerigo Nashville won a 2009 Diner's Choice award from OpenTable in four categories along with five stars from reviewers, and has been covered by Nashville Scene and many others. Google Mappers rate both locations between four and five stars:
- It's hard not to leave the lush dining rooms of this small Italian chain without feeling completely stuffed with pasta, seafood, meats and pizza, which are consistently well cooked and moderately priced. A menu of small plates offers a variety of Northern Italian fare. – Nashville Scene
- We travel several times a year and love to enjoy a nice meal and wine. We were very impressed with Amerigo…The waitress recommended a nice Italian red wine and we ordered the Tuscan Ribeye and the Cedar Planked Sea Bass. Both were outstanding – Laurie, Google Maps
- I enjoy coming for the music in the bar. They have a piano player and singer a couple times a week. He's really good, and it sets a nice ambiance for a nice meal. – OpenTable user who dined on 1/15/2010
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.