Thanks, Southern chowhounds! I am in Nashville and due to the posts on this board, had dinner at Zola last night. What a treat!
I got into town pretty late and when I called, the first available reservation was at 9:30, which was fine. We arrived a little early, but a martini worked nicely to make our wait a pleasure (although I was surprised that there wasn't a bar...we sipped our drinks in the waiting area; no problem). The drinks had "caper berries", which I hadn't had before. They are quite a bit larger than capers. Our server didn't really know how they related to regular capers, but said he would find out. When he came back minutes later with the answer (they are a mature version vs the small juvenille capers) I knew we were in the right place!
We were seated soon and it was agony trying to decide; everything looked great! Just when I had narrowed it down to the pork tenderloin with chorizo, our waiter came back with the two fish specials, both of which sounded divine. Finally, hearing that the pork was a signature dish, I decided to go for it. My friend had a meatball and pasta dish.
We split the appetizer of the evening, a tomato fresh mozzarella quiche-like yummy.
We were swooning over our meals...totally delicious. And we heard the waiter tell a nearby table that the dessert special that night was an organic mixed berry turnover with homemade ice cream. It made we want to weep with delight.
What a wonderful evening! Cost for our dinngers with a modest bottle of wine was $116 before tip. FAbulous food and friendly service. My friend was so impressed that I found such a memorable restaurant...and it's all thanks to you!
PS I'm at Gaylord Opryland for a conference. I really don't like these kind of homogenized wonderlands. Hopefully the food with be OK. Big reception with heavy hors doevres tonight