Cold Weather Dinner Plans: Spindini on South Main

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 15th 2010 2874 0

After eating entirely too much soup for the past few weeks, I was craving some solid, weather-appropriate food. I wound up at Spindini, the Grisanti-owned Italian restaurant on South Main.

I started with the Tuscan Butter appetizer. It’s a bowl of warm, almost-liquid mascarpone cheese and red sauce served with chunks of focaccia bread for dipping. It’s really good, but exercise some discipline –  it’s entirely too easy to fill up on the butter before dinner.

Tuscan Butter from Spindini, Memphis, Tenn.

When I ordered the lasagna for dinner, I was expecting a 3-4 inch square slice on a plate. Intstead, I got this:

Lasagna from Spindini, Memphis, Tenn.

If you can’t tell from the photo, that’s a seven inch long casserole dish filled with sausage and beef lasagna. It was warm and filling, perfect for the cold night. That said, I wish that Spindini had a vegetarian version on the menu – there was a ton of meat, which made it a little too dense for my liking.

Spindini had the distinction of placing first in the “Best Cougar Bar” category in the Memphis Flyer’s annual reader’s poll this year. When I was there (around 7 p.m. on Monday), I didn’t notice any ladies of a certain age on the prowl, but the crowd was decidedly middle aged.

The space is dark and sleek. The vibe is trendy and upscale – despite having the Grizzlies game on TV, the bar is more martinis than beer. Price-wise, it’s a bit of a splurge, with most entrees are around $20 each.

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  1. ali says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention the desserts! Ha I’ve heard about a great kind of custard dish with balsalmic or something..heard its unusual and to die for! Was hoping for your review..that aside do you have any recommendations on where to park to get there? I tried going a few weeks ago and we ended up at majestic grill instead

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