Get Full with Memphis’ Most Eclectic Supper Club
By the time the server set the dish of portobello mushroom ravioli on the table at last night’s Foodie Memphis gathering at Lavoro’s Italian restaurant, I was starting to regret wearing pants with a belt.
It’s wasn’t that the ravioli was too rich (it wasn’t), it was that it was the eighth dish on a 10 dish tasting menu that also included eggplant parmesean, stuffed red peppers, fried zucchini, chicken marsala, spicy meatballs and white chocolate bread pudding.
The menu sounds a little extreme, but trying a little bit of everything is a key part of the Foodie Memphis experience. The group, which was founded in 2003, meets for monthly family-style dinners. The restaurant picks are eclectic (last month’s dinner was at Fuel Cafe). Chefs at each restaurant create the menus, which have a set price (usually between $16 and $20).
I had never heard of Lavoro’s before last night’s dinner. It’s located on Summer Ave., out past the drive-in theater. The space is very clearly a former fast food joint, but they’ve turned off the lights in the dining area and piped in some soft jazz flute to make it more like a sit-down restaurant.
But while the atmosphere is questionable at best, there’s no question that Lavoro’s strength is their incredible food. The dishes weren’t terribly complicated, but they were rich, fresh and authentic. I didn’t think it was possible to love bread more, but their white chocolate bread pudding created whole new layers for my love.
Foodie Memphis is an open group – anyone can join in, as long as they RSVP. To get on their events list, check out their Facebook page.
5849 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38134