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Manny’s House of Pizza Closes Its Doors After 39 Years

Plus, a new trattoria from the Luogo team, a Hell’s Kitchen collab, and more

two slices of sausage pizza on a white paper plate being held up against a red, white, and green storefront that says “House of Pizza”
Manny’s House of Pizza closed its doors in the Arcade last week.
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Jackie Gutierrez-Jones is the editor of Eater Nashville. She has over a decade of experience writing, editing, and leading content teams in the food, drink, travel, and tech space.

Beloved downtown institution Manny’s House of Pizza shuttered its doors on August 21 via an announcement on Instagram.

Since 1984, Manny Macca has kept hungry Nashvillians fed with New York-style pies, standout stromboli, and hearty calzones from his location in the Arcade. The red-white-and-green exterior served as a beacon to the downtown lunch crowd, offering pies by the slice at an affordable price. According to the post, the decision to close was a direct result of renovations at the Arcade that would prevent the pizzeria from operating with a full kitchen.

Macca took to the pizzeria’s social media account to thank his long-time patrons and fans: “It has been the greatest pleasure serving multiple generations of families in Nashville and welcoming tourists from all over the world. Your patronage has meant everything to us.”

The announcement follows the closing of his brother’s shop, Joey’s House of Pizza, in 2022.

Pelato opens in Germantown

An overhead shot of an assortment of Italian dishes on white plates set on a wood table. Cocktail glasses and cups of waters are scattered throughout. Freeman LaFleur

Restauranteur and chef Anthony Scotto (Luogo) opened his second restaurant in Nashville, Pelato, on August 24 in Germantown. Fashioned after an “old-school Italian trattoria,” the polished warehouse space features both patio and bar seating with a focus on casual Italian comfort food. Shareable small plates include baked ricotta, arancini, and sausage-and-rapini-stuffed bread, while the drink menu focuses on classic aperitif-style cocktails such as the Pelato Palmer made with sweet tea and limoncello, and the Brooklyn Root Beer with spiced rum, black sambuca, Frangelico, Illy cold brew and cream, and root beer.

Reservations for dinner are available here.

Halls launches Saturday lunch service

A cheeseburger and fries on a white plate
Halls Chophouse burger will be available during Saturday lunch service.
Halls Chophouse

Midtown steakhouse Halls Chophouse will be launching a Saturday lunch service beginning September 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch menu will feature starters like she-crab soup and Lowcountry fried green tomatoes, an assortment of salads, and entrees such as the Halls Chophouse burger, prime bison nachos, and Allen Brothers steak hot dogs. A three-course Saturday lunch special will also be available for $60 and includes a starter, entree, and dessert. Reservations are available here.

M.L.Rose sets its sights on Inglewood

M.L.Rose continues its Nashville expansion with the announcement of plans for an Inglewood outpost in 2024. The new location will be situated in a 12,500-square-foot structure at 3701 Gallatin Pike and will offer 36 craft beers on tap, as well as their signature burger concoctions, waffle fries, and pub food favorites like nachos and wings. The local chain also announced a recent partnership with Porter Road — all M.L.Rose burgers are now made using a proprietary blend of pasture-raised, dry-aged beef from the East Nashville butcher shop.

Church & Union x Hell’s Kitchen

Church & Union’s Chef Partner and Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch and Hell’s Kitchen alum Alex Belew and Dafne Mejia have collaborated on a special menu that will be offered at the downtown eatery this week, starting with dinner service on Monday, August 28. The four-course prix fixe pairing menu will feature Mejia’s burrata and golden beet uovo raviolo, Belew’s miso Ora King salmon to the table, Lynch’s whiskey brined duck, and lead pastry chef Emily Wilson’s bruleed maple eclair. Each course incorporates Off Hours bourbon in its preparation and will be paired with a specialty bourbon cocktail. The cost is $85 per person and includes a welcome cocktail.