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Amerigo -Fake Dates with Cassidy and Kevin

February 27, 2011

Originally Appearing in the Belmont Vision

Amerigo
1920 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
615- 320-1740


Our Picks:
Cassidy: Cannelloni Al Forno — the pasta’s stuffed with chicken, ricotta cheese and spinach and served in tomato and cream sauces.
Kevin: Three-Cheese Tortellini with jumbo lump crabmeat and Parmesan cream sauce.

Cassidy: When Kevin got in the car, I could tell something about us had changed, matured if you will. I knew he was waiting for that moment.

Kevin: You see, two of my friends had gotten engaged a couple of days before, and it made me realize what was important in life. It wasn’t the flashy car, free tuition or any of the other perks of being a member of the Belmont Vision staff that mattered to me; it was Cassidy. I knew she was the one, and tonight was going to be special.

Cassidy: I was full of so much emotion and was excited to have a moment to really talk to Kevin about our future. But once seated, I realized an intimate conversation would hardly be private in the open dining room at Amerigo.

Kevin: The dining room was practically empty on our Monday night visit, but that was perfect. I knew she would think I had booked the entire restaurant just for her; it would make this evening that much more memorable. I fumbled with the ring in my pocket as we were seated next to a window overlooking West End.

Cassidy: Kevin seemed odd, guarded if you will. I never saw his hands the whole meal. He just sat there, hands filling his pockets while I tried to determine the best moment to really lay out my feelings. Nothing particularly stuck out on the menu, but with graduation on my mind, my appetite has been a bit lacking.

Kevin: Cassidy and I started off our meal with some Caesar salads and serious conversation about the future. She talked about her job plans after graduation in December and I discussed the possibility of graduating a semester early next year. Things really seemed to be going well, but I was still waiting for that perfect moment to pop the question.

Cassidy: I cavalierly ordered cannelloni and bided my time by dipping warm bread into the olive oil that Kevin and I shared. He grabbed my hand as I was going in for another dip, and when I looked into his eyes I saw a stare that clashed with my own.

Kevin: Suddenly, everything that I was feeling didn’t seem to add up. I was so excited for the future that I saw Cassidy and I having, but once I looked into her eyes over the olive oil, I could tell that uncertainty was brewing deep within her soul.

Cassidy: It was when our entrees arrived that I knew it was now or never. I took a deep breath, filled my mouth with cannelloni and crafted our demise. There were so many feelings to be shared, but I knew I must be delicate — he hadn’t even seen this moment coming.

Kevin: Luckily for me, I had just swallowed the first delicious bite of my cheese tortellini with crabmeat, because if I hadn’t I surely would have spit it out all over the table. I was shocked. Here she was, the girl I had been dating for three months, telling me she couldn’t go on like this. I took another bite, but that only dulled the pain for a little while; food could only do so much.

Cassidy: As I mulled my thoughts over my meal, I knew our relationship was just as bland as my cannelloni. Sure, it was fun for awhile, but now I’m moving away, becoming an adult, and Kevin won’t be able to move on with me. I can’t imagine flying in for Mistletoe Ball or Battle of the Boulevard, but there are college things he will want to do. I just can’t rob him of his youth.

Kevin: She said she was doing this so both of us could experience life, but all I wanted to do was experience it with her. How could she be so selfish! I stuffed my mouth with a lump of crabmeat to give myself some time to think over my response. So much was going on in my head. Sure, I wanted to experience all that Belmont has to offer, but I also wanted to be with Cassidy. In the end though, it wasn’t my call; it was hers, and she decided it was time to move on. Heartbroken, I lifted my fork to my mouth for another cheesy bite of tortellini.

Cassidy: There was a sobering silence signaling he had conceded. I wanted to tell him how I felt about him, but I knew that would make the separation even harder. There were so many things I loved about Kevin, but telling him would only hurt more. So I stifled words with another bite of chicken-filled pasta, knowing that I still had half a plate of food if I still couldn’t resist the urge to take it all back and give into forever with Kevin.

Kevin: As much as I wanted to somehow convince Cassidy to stay with me, I knew there was no going back after the words had left her mouth. Like our meal, we were finished, but there are no leftovers in a relationship. It was all or none with us, and we ended up with none.

Cassidy: And what started three months ago vanished. I knew that was the last time I’d ever hold his hand over a fine meal. And although it was best for us to part ways, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was worth it. Only time will tell.

Amerigo is a great Italian restaurant that can either cover your love in a delicious sauce or drown your sorrows in a savory reduction. Either way you’ll come out a winner, with leftovers to boot. It’s truly a versatile restaurant; great for new, old and dying flames. It’s the most date worthy of any of the restaurants we’ve reviewed, and the surprisingly affordable prices make it doable for college students on a romantic liaison.

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