Spindini has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite a while now, and I finally made it down there not too long ago. I have actually tried to go for lunch before, but sadly, they are only open for dinner.
I had heard rumors of a snotty, pretentious attitude from this place, but things must have changed. The atmosphere was romantic, with dimly lit candles, white table cloths, and soft music. However, there were two TVs at the bar, where guests are encouraged to catch the game. Personally, I would not go to a fancy Italian restaurant to watch football, but to each his own. I did like that made the atmosphere a little more relaxed.
I went with a group of friends on a Monday night, when they have half off pizza and wine. Yes, that sounded totally up my alley.
My friend Chris and I split a bottle of Pinot Noir (it seems to be what we both love). Spindini has a nice wine list. There is something for everyone.
I then started out with the Beer Cheese Soup, which was the special of the night. It was made with Fat Tire, Guinness, and cheddar cheese. Man it was good. It was creamy, and somehow hearty, despite the fact that it has a bisque-like texture. I would go back just for the soup.
Chris and I then got the Pesto Pizza, which had “Roasted Chicken, Red Onion, Provolone, Mozzarella, and Goat Cheese”. I was a good pizza. I love thin crust pizza, and this one was perfectly fired in the wood burning grill.
My friend Erin got the Lobster Pizza, which was “Lobster, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Ricota Salata, Fresh Spinach and Tomatoes, drizzled with Chipotle Aioli”. Her pizza was even better. Yum!
She also let me try her Mia Nonna Salad, which to me seemed like a very average salad. It has mixed greens, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, and Italian Vinaigrette. I would never pay seven bucks for it, but if its up your alley, go for it.
Overall, I would not say that Spindini has the best pizza in Memphis, but it is definitely up there. I would go back again, especially for half price night!
Spindini is a little pricey, but I can justify spending it because many of their menu items are “made with organically-grown produce harvested at Woodland Farms, a company owned farm, or made with honey from Spindini’s own bee hives“. How cool is that?