Authentic Italian fine dining in Nashville

Nashville gained a culinary star when Tony Mantuano landed in town to open Yolan. A decorated chef who also has been featured on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, Mantuano helped define Italian fine dining in Chicago — and in the United States — with the renowned Spiaggia. It was such a Chicago institution that Barack Obama celebrated his 2008 election victory there (the former president also was a frequent diner).

Mantuano plans to do the same at Yolan, the signature restaurant inside The Joseph, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. He and his wife, Cathy, a wine and hospitality expert who led the ground-breaking all-Italian vino program in Spiaggia, bring upscale, authentic Italian cuisine to the city. The menu changes seasonally, with à la carte dishes alongside multicourse tasting options.

While Yolan offers fine dining, it adds in fun extras, like the roving Aperol Spritz cart that mixes up the namesake cocktail and unexpected riffs (like The Mantuano — made with tequila, Lillet Blanc, Aperol and prosecco — which is the chef’s favorite libation), culinary classes and wine events.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • One of the most popular dishes is the cotoletta alla Milanese, a hulking breaded veal chop with lemon and seasonal greens. Mantuano gleaned inspiration for the entrée by trying versions of it all over Milan.
  • Indulge in comforting classic pastas like flavorful bucatini all’amatriciana, cheesy cacio e pepe and hearty pappardelle with white Bolognese.
  • Watch for the Italian restaurant’s regional wine series. Each month the restaurant honors a particular region, like Campania or Tuscany, with special tastings and wine dinners.
  • Peek at Yolan's large glass-enclosed cheese cave and you won’t be able to resist ordering some. It carries Italian selections like Pecorino Toscano, caciocavallo, Alta Badia and, of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Wine is a must with dinner. A team of sommeliers is on hand to help pair your dish with an Italian pour, whether it be from Sicily, Venice or somewhere in between the two.

Things to Know

  • The dress code at Yolan is smart-casual attire.
  • The Nashville restaurant has a private dining room that seats up to 14.
  • Valet parking is available at the front entrance of The Joseph.
  • If you can’t get enough of Mantuano’s carbonara, sign up for one of the chef’s interactive pasta-making classes, which include a two-course lunch.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
403 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37201
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