There is no shortage of traditional Italian fare in the Big Apple, and when I’m homesick, it’s what I find myself craving. Happily, Cafe Coco’s Italian Market can transport me back with the comfort of a thin slice and a gelato.
Italian Market sits in West Nashville—an area I admittedly haven’t explored much! This is definitely a “look no further” type of joint. In addition to it being a dine-in (or sit outside in the courtyard) restaurant, the market is just as enticing. With handmade pastas, panettonnes, an olive bar, and several flavors of gelato, it is in fact a bona fide Italian Market, and it’s no surprise—the owner’s family is from New York and has owned several restaurants over past fifty years.
The pizza only compares to my other local fave, Bella Napoli. But, you have to know what you’re getting into. It’s thin and floppy and you might need a knife and fork. Ingredients are fresh. Sauce is dynamite. It’s a great spot for a date. The dining room follows a farmhouse motif and is lamplit and romantic. The big screen television might show a “football” match or silently take you on a tour of Italy. I’ve found the service to be wonderful–friendly, discreet, and super helpful.
The big bonus? A bocce ball court outside! What more could a displaced New Yorker want?