May 22, 2024

Little Hats Italian Market to Open in Franklin

Little Hats Italian Market, an Italian-style market and deli in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, is bringing its sandwiches, house made pastas, and imported Italian specialties to Franklin this fall.

Little Hats will join Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream to the new Meridian Cool Springs location, currently being built off of Carothers Parkway. The two eateries will be connected by an expansive green space, providing Meridian Cool Springs professionals and visitors with an area to gather.

“There’s a lot of intention behind each addition to Meridian Cool Springs,” says Mark Traylor, director of retail at Boyle Investment Company. “Little Hats is such a unique offering and will not only enhance the onsite experience for those who work within the district, but also deliver a new and distinctive dining concept to the greater community.”

Construction is happening now on Little Hats’ 4,700-square-foot full-service restaurant and Handel’s 1,400-square-foot spaces, as well as their shared 5,000-square-foot public green area, which will be open as early as this summer with events for the community.

Known for their handmade pasta and sandwiches, Little Hats’ menu features traditional Italian dishes like bolognese and pappardelle, plus cacio e pepe alongside everything from mortadella muffulettas and meatball subs to cannolis, tiramisu, and ricotta cheesecake. 

“Our passion for good food and a welcoming atmosphere is at the heart of everything we do,” says Andrew Dodd, operating partner of Little Hats. “We’re excited to bring the delicious dishes and curated goods that our customers know and love to Meridian Cool Springs, a location that echoes our love for the community.”

The addition of Little Hats Italian Market marks a continued collaboration between Boyle Investment Company and Nashville-based restaurant group Fresh Hospitality.

This article was originally published in Nashville Lifestyles.