Porta Via Italian Kitchen from Nashville has announced plans to open an Italian restaurant in Cool Springs.
Grand opening was initially set around mid September 2011 but their Facebook page says “early October, renovations permitting”.
Porta Via Cool Springs is replacing the former Tossed restaurant, known for fresh salads, crepe wraps and sandwiches. The retail space is located in a multilevel center at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive, on the corner of Cool Springs Blvd. This Porta Via location will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Italian restaurant will offer a unique dining experience, such as an open kitchen where diners are able to watch the trained “pizzaiolos” make the traditional pizza by hand, then cook them in two ovens imported from Italy. The restaurant will provide seating for up to 130 people in a dining room designed with imported plaster and full bar. Limited patio seating also will be available.
The new Italian restaurant in Cool Springs will offer authentic Neapolitan style pizzas, pastas and entrees, all being prepared fresh in house. The scratch made pastas are paired with homemade sauces, including the signature Porta Via pink sauce. The pizza will feature a plethora of unique and imported ingredients, such as cured Italian meats and roasted fresh vegetables. Daily specials will highlight fresh, seasonal products, including special ravioli and seafood entrees. The full drink menu includes a variety of organic red and white wines, imported aperitifs, specialty martinis and Lucaffe coffee from Italy. For dessert house made gelato and sorbet will be available in 18 flavors every day.
“It’s been incredible to watch the growth during Porta Via’s first year. Response to our authentic style of cooking has been great, resulting in a loyal base of customers,” said Martin Silverman, one of Porta Via’s owners. Mark Silverman also said, “A second location was a natural progression, and we’re excited to bring our flavors to Cool Springs. In addition to the great menu of pizzas and pastas, we’ll be expanding our menu with newsandwich and salad offerings. Our kitchen is working hard to develop very exciting recipes to look forward to.”
The original Porta Via restaurant is located at 21 White Bridge Road in Nashville, TN. It was the first restaurant in Tennessee to achieve Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification. The new Cool Springs restaurant will apply for certification upon opening. This honor, which translates to ‘true Neapolitan pizza,’ is shared by only forty seven other restaurants in the United States. Of the many characteristics necessary to create real Neapolitan pizza under the Vera Pizza Napoletana certification, Porta Via holds the following standards: quality ingredients, including tomatoes harvested from Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius region, freshest mozzarella and 00 (doppio zero) flour supplied directly from Naples, Italy; absolutely no mechanical methods used to create or press the dough; baking in a specially-crafted wood fire oven constructed in a bell shape from volcanic rock. The oven cooks the pizzas in 90 seconds at 750 degrees temperature, minimizing the average wait time for a patron. The restaurant’s new Cool Springs pizza bar will allow prompt seating and service for diners who are in a hurry.
Welcome to Cool Springs Porta Via, we’re looking forward to the opening!
Porta Via Italian Kitchen
3301 Aspen Grove Drive
Franklin, TN 37067