Pizza >Da Vinci's Gourmet Pizza
1812 Hayes St, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.153648 -86.797929
Cold pizza, slow service, rude waiter – Four orders at table all came out at different times. One pizza completely cold. Two lukewarm. All three of those pizzas very bland. Might have tasted good if they were hot, but we will never know. Every step from first drink order to getting our check took forever. Were going to order desert, but decided it was totally not worth the trouble. Obviously understaffed, which made it hard on the waiter. However, rather than explaining the situation and being pleasant he chose to be rude to the customers. Won't go back.
Good Pizza, Okay Experience – The pizza is pretty good. It has a good crust texture, and the sauce has a ton of flavor. There is a wide variety of pizza toppings, although it should be larger considering that there is not much else on the menu other than pizza. If you're not going to offer more than 2 pasta dishes and some boring salads, you should have some more gourmet toppings. There are only a few appetizers to choose form as well, which does not make you want to eat a full meal there...maybe just order food to go. There was not music playing when we ate there, so the dining room was dead silent. I found this troubling since you could hear every work of your neighbors' conversations. There was only 1 waitress, and she was visibly overwhelmed. Also, it took a while to get the food. The pizzas are baked fresh, which is a great aspect of the place. However, one would think that throughtout the day, they would be at least baking crusts at 30-minute intervals or something. We waited 25 minutes for a pizza, which is too long to wait at lunch. Also, this establishment does not take Discover...I believe just V and MC. I take issue with establishments that do that. It's like they're saying to you, "We don't care what type of credit/debit cared you use...the fees are too high, and we don't value your business enought to pay the extra 4%." For those reasons, the good pizza is not enough to get me to go back.
"Do we look like we came here to watch?" – Nice patio, and the staff seems to think people sit at the outside tables just to take a load off, not to actually eat. My wife and I have never had good service at Davinci's. On our last and final attempt to give them a chance, we sat at a table outside. After being seated for 5 minutes, a large group of people arrived. A waitress asked us to move so that she could accomodate the large group. We politely moved to another table across the patio. So there we sat for the next 10 minutes watching servers go in and out. I swear if I were a person of color, I would have cried racism. We left. Never been back, never will go back.
Pizza is to die for! – One of the best pizza places in Nashville - especially their specialty pizzas! Very expensive, however, and they lack one of the best qualities of most pizzerias - they don't deliver!!
"No, no one has helped us yet..." – We went expecting an experience fitting its high prices and "gourmet" designation, but were sorely disappointed. We waited 15 minutes or more for anyone to even take our drink order, because apparently the 3 or 4 waiters and waitresses that kept walking by and looking at us thought someone else was helping us. Though we had our whole order ready, the woman who finally helped us only took our drink order. I had the Gabbiano Chianti, which I enjoyed when in Rome earlier this year. The wine was fine, of course, but served in a juice glass!! That definitely takes away from the ambiance! We ordered the DaVinci pizza, drawn by its Italian sausage, red peppers, and several cheeses. The taste of the pizza was fine, but let me just say: a thin slice of red pepper on top of each slice is a garnish, not an ingredient!!!
The ambiance was nice, but overall, there's no reason to go there! Notice that all the awards and the good recommendations on this site stop after 2003--must have undergone new management.
Terrible, terrible pies – This has to go down as the worst pizza I have ever tasted. I've lived in some great pizza locales (manhattan, brooklyn) and suffered through some lousy pizza places (los angeles, baltimore), but DaVinci's is far and away one of the worst pies out there. The restaurant looks nice, but the pies are unedible. I would not reccommend this place to anyone and seriously doubt the taste buds (or integrity) of anyone who likes this pizza. Blech!
Try Joey's or Uncle Gio's instead.
DaVinci's Gourmet Cornbread – Expecting pizza, we were surprised to end up with what tasted like a thin layer of cornbread with the requested toppings. The "homemade" sangria was homemade in the way that Kool-Aid is homemade. The atmosphere and service were the only redeeming qualities of an otherwise disgusting and hurtful meal. Were Justin Timberlake going to film his next video at DaVinci's, I don't think it would be out of bounds to say that he would title his song "Cornbread Back." Go ahead be gone with it.
My 2nd Favorite Pizza in Nashville – Cozy atmosphere and excellent pizza. I LOVE a good pizza and this one is worth many return trips. Hard to beat.
A cozy abode dishing out gourmet pies topped with baked potato, oysters, black beans and more. – In Short
DaVinci's, located in a refurbished house near Vanderbilt, bills itself as the home of "gourmet pizza." It's simple, hearty and elegant at the same time. There are more choices for toppings--including vintage Italian sausage, black beans, smoked oysters--than most pizza places combined. Salads, beer and wine are also on the menu, but the real American pies are the standouts.
Gourmet? – This pizza is horrible and outrageously priced. The crust appeared to be almost entirely semolina, dense and weighty. The sauce was too salty and tasted as though it came from a can and was laden with preservatives. No freshly crushed tomatoes here, which one would expect for the price paid. ($13-20). The cheese which was of a better quality, buttery and fibrous, went entirely to waste on this awful pie. I'm not sure if it was the price or the ambiance of the restaurant but I expected the pizza to be cooked in a brick oven. However this was not the case, one of the staff actually informed me that they cook the pizzas in an old cookie oven.
The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. The atmopshere was homey and warm. But the pizza was no good. Avoid this pretentious and overly priced pizzeria like the plague.
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