With so many great places to eat in Nashville these days, dining out is definitely making our jeans a wee bit tighter. But, ohhhh, we can’t help but continue to revel in what fabulous food Nashville’s restaurants continue to provide. Add Moto Cucina • Enoteca to the list of places to linger over cocktails and wine with some tasty Italian food, attentive service and beautiful space. We gathered together, ordering many starters, sides and a few entrees and watched everyone pitch in to clean up every last bite!

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Moto is the newest creation of M Street Entertainment founder Chris Hyndman. Located on the “M Street” block between Virago and Saint Anejo, Moto features rustic-modern Italian cuisine with a seasonal menu. Executive Chef Andy Hayes has purposefully and beautifully balanced locally sourced items and premium products from Italy. With pasta dishes, seafood and pizzas on the menu, fans of Kayne Prime (I know, that means just about everyone reading today) will be happy to know that this sister restaurant also has a comprehensive steak and chop section.

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For wine and cocktails, the bar at Moto is ample in size and proves to be a great place to meet for drinks or small bites. We were impressed by the list of over 30 wines available by the glass and 250 labels in total. The wine list is decidedly Italian-heavy, compromising about 50% of the selections. Intentional focus is obvious in the selection of wines from boutique wineries, as well. For those who like to stick with cocktails, the couture cocktail list proved to be everyone’s first (and second!) drink on our visit. 

Here’s what we ordered off the seasonal menu:

SB Olives in Duck FAT MOTO

Duck Fat Olives. I could eat these everyday of my entire life. $7

SB MOTO Strawberry Margarita

Bella Luna. This is what I ordered, as any cocktail with tequila that is not too sweet catches my eye and my heart. Luna Azul, strawberry, basil, fresh lime. $14

SB MOTO Cocktail

Americano. Campari, sweet vermouth, soda. I stole a sip and now I need to order this next time. $12

SB Fried Oysters MOTO 2

Deep fried Apalachicola oysters, peperonata, preserved fennel. Everyone who would eat oysters agreed these were delicious. $13

SB Octopus MOTO

Grilled octopus with borlotti beans, pancetta, salsa verde. A surprising hit of the table. Not chewy at all and full of flavor. We ordered a second plate of this as we wanted more. $16

SB MOTO side potatoes

Roasted potatoes with sunchokes, black truffle and taleggio. Really, potatoes are always great and these definitely met our expectations.$11.

Raw Winter Vegetable Salad at MOTO

Raw winter vegetables with green apple, blue cheese and white balsamic. I want to go back and have one of these all to myself, as it was painful to share. This is a seasonal item and will be on the menu for just a few more weeks, so hurry in! $10

SB Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts with pancetta and apple agrodolce. I’m so glad restaurants are embracing the once-detested Brussels sprout–I’ve always been a fan and these are delicious. $9

SB Pizza Mushrooms Truffle Oil

Mushroom pizza with black truffle and fontina cheese. $18. This pizza is for black truffle oil lovers. Our table was split on this item: those who adore black truffles thought it was AMAZING. Those who are just “okay” with black truffles thought the flavor was too strong. So, truffle lovers, this is your pizza.

SB Blueberry Lasagna

We never would have ordered this Blueberry Lasagna unless the server had suggested it and we are so glad he did. This lasagna is made with the thinnest of noodles … paper thin. The blueberry sauce and savory wild mushrooms create an unexpected meal that wowed us. $19

I would be remiss if I did not mention the private rooms that are available for parties of up to 14 in the chef’s room and up to 36 in the private ‘speakeasy’ bar and dining room near the back of the building. The private space is open to the kitchen and has a private bar area, which allows for a true interaction of guests with chefs and bartenders during private events. Anyone planning large gatherings or a special birthday needs to consider this as an option as the added culinary elements make for built-in entertainment.

The Gulch keeps getting better and better. It’s hard to believe how much has changed in this neighborhood in just the past 5 years. Grab some friends and enjoy the music, shopping and the food. For dinner plans, consider Moto. It’s delicious.

For more details on Moto, and to make reservations, click here.