Sernicola’s: Great Italian in Little Cowan, Tennessee

sernicolasI’ve always thought of Cowan, Tennessee, as a charming little place. But I never thought of it as somewhere to get a great Italian meal until we tried Sernicola’s.

We stopped at Sernicola’s while passing through Cowan a few weeks ago. It’s a little place just off the highway on Tennessee Avenue. On the way in, a couple who got there at the same time we did bragged on the salad bar. “It’s the best in the county,” he said. I’m not sure how much competition is there, but he seemed to think we should be impressed.

So on the guy’s recommendation we started with the salad bar. It was nothing fancy, but it had everything we were looking for. It was fresh and tasty. In fact, the vegetables seemed to be cut up right before they opened for dinner. The bleu cheese dressing was good; and I’m a connoisseur of that.

For dinner, we ordered pizza — mushrooms and onions on half and mushrooms and pepperonis on the other half. It was ridiculously good. They put loads of cheese and sauce. But the most impressive part was the amount of pepperonis. They were piled on top of each other like nothing I had ever seen. There were almost too many (but not quite).

Sernicola’s serves beer. If you want wine, you have to BYOB, and they charge a $1.50 corkage fee. I found that a little steep, but that’s your decision.

Visit Sernicola’s web site here. Cowan, incidentally, lies on US Hwy. 41-A at the bottom of the mountain just below The University of the South in Sewanee. Learn more about Cowan here.

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