Carne Mare, a modern Italian chophouse from James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, officially opens to the public on Friday, November 12, 2021. The chic restaurant is the second Nashville concept from Carmellini alongside Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard of NoHo Hospitality, who are also the team behind sister restaurant, The Dutch. Both restaurants are located on the ground level of the new W Nashville in the Gulch. Nashville Guru stopped by to get a look inside.
Rockwell Group, a New York City-based architecture and design firm, designed the interior, which is inspired by an Old World Italian trattoria blended with contemporary touches. Highlights of the main dining room include a barrel-vault ceiling, walnut millwork, leather banquettes, and a glass-walled show kitchen where guests can see every meal prepared. There’s a separate bar room with 13 leather barstools, additional banquette seating, and a mosaic tile floor. Guests can reserve the private dining room, which seats up to 22 people at a large walnut table.
Carne Mare is situated across from the Station Inn. There are two outdoor patio spaces with string lights surrounded by greenery. Guests can park on the street or in the nearby lot, which includes up to one hour free.
The menu at Carne Mare focuses on Italian specialities, steak, and fine seafood. Options range from snacks like mozzarella sticks topped with caviar to a massive shareable tomahawk platter. Pair any dish with sides like heirloom polenta, potatoes rustica, or mushroom marsala. The 17-layer chocolate cake makes for a perfect ending.
On the beverage side, the menu includes specialty cocktails, wines by the glass, five beers on draft, and a range of aperitivi.
Carne Mare is the place to go for prime-aged beef, wagyu, and prime rib. For an elegant evening out, this should be on your list.