Through the pizzeria door

Nashville's hidden Uzbek restaurant beckons with bread

An obi non at Uzbegim/ Photos by Mark Blankenship
An obi non at Uzbegim/ Photos by Mark Blankenship
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The first time I went to Uzbegim Halal Restaurant, I got nervous. I’d read in a Facebook group that there was an Uzbek place hidden in the back of a pizza parlor, located within walking distance of my home in midtown Nashville. I was ready for a bit of sleuthing, but I still assumed there’d be a sign out front to let me know I’d found the right building.

Nope. Michelangelo’s Pizza, which sits across from an optometrist’s office and down the street from a diner, only advertises itself. There’s a mural on the front of the building that recreates the bit of the Sistine Chapel where Adam reaches for God’s hand. There’s a sign that promises, “Every pizza is a masterpiece.” There is not, however, the slightest indication that people inside are preparing Uzbek dishes in tandoor ovens and on charcoal grills.

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