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First Taste: Rolf and Daughters (@RolfnDaughters)

Rolf and Daughters is the wonderful new “modern peasant food” restaurant in the Werthan Lofts in Germantown and I went there last night with some good friends.  Chef Philip Krajeck, who has received a James Beard nomination for Best Chef in the South for his work at Fish Out of Water in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has brought his unique take on Northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine to Nashville by crafting it with seasonal Southern ingredients.

The decor hits all of the right notes with it’s exposed brick walls, communal wooden tables, pendant lighting (creating a comfortably dim ambiance) and beautiful bar. They have also thoughtfully installed reclaimed wood along the ceiling which quite effectively dampens the din that can often accompany open restaurants inside of brick buildings.

The cocktails were among the best I’ve had in Nashville and I loved the smooth bitters of the bourbon-based Man Around Town as well as the refreshing gin and ginger beer combination in the Milan Mule.  These creative, complex and high quality cocktails are also a great value, with all cocktails between $10-12.

The pate campangola with house made crostini was rich and smooth and the brussels sprout salad brought just the right amount of acid and crunch (with apple and walnuts). The parsley garganelli with heritage pork ragout and pecorino as well as the squid ink pasta with gulf shrimp, squid and chorizo were both fantastic and deemed the standout dishes of the night by our table.

We have already lined up our return visit where we can try more of their larger plates as well as explore the dessert menu. You may want to get a reservation soon as we are predicting instant success for Rolf and Daughters.

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