JAMES BEARD WINNER GERARD CRAFT OPENS PASTARIA NASHVILLE TOMORROW
The 2015 James Beard Best Chef: Midwest winner brings Italian comfort from the Gateway City to the Music City
NASHVILLE, TN (September 18, 2017) – Chef/owner Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group will open Pastaria Nashville, his approachable, family-friendly Italian concept, at 8 C1TY Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 tomorrow on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. As his first restaurant outside of St. Louis and in Nashville, Pastaria Nashville joins the James Beard winner’s restaurant group of Sardella, Pastaria, Porano Pasta, Brasserie and Taste Bar in St. Louis.
To celebrate the opening, all proceeds from opening night, September 19, will be donated to support Southern Smoke, a fundraising event benefitting those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. In addition, Chef Craft welcomes families to Pastaria Nashville with a Kids Eat Free Special. All kids, ages 12 and under, will eat for free with the purchase of a regularly priced entrée throughout the month of September.
Located in the West End neighborhood, near Centennial Park and Vanderbilt University, Pastaria Nashville is the literal cornerstone of the oneC1TY development. The restaurant occupies the Eastern half of the building along with the first Nashville location of St. Louis’s Sump Coffee. Upon entering, a welcoming and lively atmosphere greets Pastaria Nashville guests–a deliberate, echoed sentiment from the restaurant’s sister location in St. Louis.
Pastaria draws inspiration from the pasta factories and lively osterias of Chef’s Craft’s travels to Italy in Naples, Rome, Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Marque, Lombardy, Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. With a mantra of “La Verità,” the menu of appetizers, salads, organic pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas, wood-oven entrées, and gelato represents Chef Craft’s focus on “the truth” of Italian cuisine, celebrating the simplicity and quality of great Italian food. “The Truth” also showcases Craft’s dedication to evoking the authentic, thoughtful hospitality of the Italian culture.
Chef Craft explains, “I always say that Pastaria belongs to the people who showed us around Italy, and the people who invited us into their kitchens and homes. The menu at Pastaria tells their stories, but now, it also shares the memories of our amazing St. Louis guests over the past five years. Our Nashville guests will be the next chapter in that storyline. Pastaria is a place where you come in with your family, a group of friends, or a date and enjoy an amazing meal at an affordable price,” says Craft.
From the main north entrance, a work station immediately engages guests to see chefs hand-rolling and extruding fresh pastas. Pastaria’s gelato counter offers a rotating menu of flavors to try from Pastry Chef Mathew Rice (formerly of Chicago’s Nightwood, Girl & The Goat and Publican), ranging from the familiar of vanilla, green mint stracciatella and salted caramel to the inventive like burnt toast, malted banana and coffee cookies ‘n cream. There will also be a retail area to shop authentic Italian ingredients. Chef Craft explains, “There’s an interactive element of the dining experience. Guests roaming around the restaurant add to the energy of the space.”
At over 4,000 square-feet (including the kitchen), the dining room and seats roughly 100 guests with a mix of two and four-top wood tables. Counter seats will be available on the line of the open exhibition kitchen. Guests can see chefs firing pizzas in the authentic Acunto Napoli wood-burning oven from Italy to assembling handmade pasta dishes. Perpendicular to the dining room, the L-shaped floor plans opens up to an over 1,000 square-foot bar area that seats close to 50 people at the bar and tables. The bar opens up to outdoor terrace dining for 30-40 guests with an adjacent bocce ball court.
For more information, visit www.eatpastaria.com/nashville or call 615.915.1866. Opening hours of operation will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays; 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Lunch and brunch services will be added at an additional date. For high-resolution food photos from Greg Rannells Photography, click here.
About Chef Gerard Craft
Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Niche Food Group in St. Louis, MO. As a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest and Inc. magazine Star Entrepreneur, Craft has been a pioneer for the Midwest dining scene. Niche Food Group now includes five restaurants in St. Louis: creative cocktails at Taste by Niche (4584 Laclede, St. Louis, MO 63108), French bistro fare at Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108), quality, Italian fast food at Porano Pasta (634 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101), approachable Italian at Pastaria and the latest venture, Sardella, a fun, seasonal restaurant with a nod to Italy, both located at 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, MO, 63105. Chef Craft and the Niche Food Group will also open a second location for Pastaria in Nashville, TN in September 2017.