What You'll Get
In the old times, markets were the center of social life, and aluminum was more precious than gold. Today's deal salutes the market with a dining experience full of fresh edibles and delicious drinks. For $9, you get $20 worth of dining at Coco's Italian Market & Eatery in Sylvan Park. Though this Groupon is only good for the dining area in the market, simply travel back in time and "discover" Charles Martin Hall's electrolytic process for refining aluminum, and you'll be able to buy all the store items you desire.
With a dining room that explores the Tuscan atmosphere, Coco's yellow stone walls and array of wooden tables lend an earthy tone straight from the old country. If dinner is what coyly tempts you through your workday, satisfy your stomach's Italian-tempered hunger by starting with mussels Toscano, tossed with sopressata and tomato in a basiled white-wine sauce ($10), or opt for a traditional noshing of bruschetta ($5). Twirl your fork into one of six dishes of pasta, such as the penne al fresco ($11) with chicken, artichoke hearts, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Or try the Bella (a pie of hand-crushed tomato, artichokes, onions, eggplant, and roasted red peppers, $11), the margherita pizza ($9), or the crust-less pizza also known as lasagna ($10 for Bolognese or vegetarian). Coco's is known for holding the freshest imported meats available it its conjoining market, so help yourself to either a panini ($7–$9) or an Italian sub sandwich, including sausage and peppers with mozzarella ($8).
The Italian eatery is open for lunch (starting at 11 a.m. every day), when you can get your paws around carefully titled sandwiches such as the Kansas City Kitty (garlic herb-infused roast beef and provolone, $8). Sunday brunch is available Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the only time you'll see Coco's Italian sweet toast (raisin pantone, honey mascarpone, fresh fruit, and real maple syrup, $9).
Coco's aims to replicate the feeling and taste of Italian neighborhoods by using only the freshest, most authentic market products, either imported or made by Italian American–owned companies. Its commitment to the cuisine and experience goes so far as to ferry you to and from the restroom by way of gondola.
Coco's requires no airfare to get to, as it's located on 51st Avenue near Charlotte Pike (near the Regions Bank with the gold dome), right off I-40. Your tax and gratuity are not included, so bring some extra dough.
Nashville Scene praises Coco's superb sustenance:
- Fettuccine with meatballs arrived in a hulking knot of al dente noodles, which had been tossed with marinara sauce, giving them a uniform orange coating of sweet, tangy crushed tomatoes. For $12, seafood primavera made a surprisingly elegant impression, with five large and delicately cooked deveined black tiger shrimp arranged with a handful of mussels atop a nest of noodles in a large white bowl. Shiitake mushrooms, grape tomato halves and shreds of julienned carrot as delicate as saffron threads added subtle hints of color to the white wine-laced sauce and helped enliven the texture of the large serving of pasta. – Carrington Fox
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, 1 per table. May buy multiple as gifts. Not valid for store products. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.