Welcome to Fresh Flavors. Here I will review individual plates and restaurants around Rome to give our culinarily adventurers a taste of Rome’s palettes.
Advertising itself as contemporary cuisine with a seasonal twist, this seemingly small restaurant hides a spacious interior, and features a very open floor plan with a modern-minimalistic design which evokes a sense of fine dining that one might find in the heart of urban areas such as Atlanta or Chicago. Canvas artwork detailing the various seasons adorn the walls, staying true to the restaurant’s namesake.
The staff at Seasons is attentive and friendly as they guide you through the different menus. Each is knowledgeable about the food and are happy to help you decide on your next favorite meal. Truly, there is something for everyone.
On to the food. To start off my night, I ordered a Stella Artois because while craving something lighter, I couldn’t help but be taken by the need to be as fancy as possible. Described as the favorite appetizer on the menu, I decided to try the 208 Grit Cakes. The dish consists of two lightly crusted grit cakes topped with roasted corn and jalapenos, and garnished with a tasty chorizo cream sauce. Digging into the crust reveals the creamier stone-ground Adluh grits with smoked gouda. The gouda isn’t overwhelming, and the smokiness is coupled with the tanginess of the chorizo cream sauce. It melds perfectly with the smoked gouda and roasted corn. Topping it all off, the jalapeno adds just the right amount of kick in each bite, which will leave spice lovers satisfied, while not turning away those with milder tastes. All of it blends together for a great start to whet your appetite for the main dish.
“Truly, there is something for everyone”
Pitched as local, all-natural poultry, the Garlic Roasted Chicken with more of the smoked gouda grits and some delightful lightly seasoned kale sauteed with garlic, this dish meets you halfway in terms of the general price range and luxury of the other dishes. The chicken is cooked just right with a characteristic crust that brings out a nice little char along with the garlic and a small twinge of spice at the back of your throat. The grits don’t take away from the rest of the dish (and let’s be real, these are some damn good grits!) instead, they mellow out the garlic with a more smokey flavor. The kale is perfectly cooked to retain some of it’s crispness.
Seasons offers a contemporary take on southern cuisine, making it a perfect addition to Rome. This restaurant evokes some of the finer dining you’d see in the city at an affordable price. Seasons has the recipe for success offering great service with great food. Ideal for a couple looking to enjoy an intimate date, a group of friends or a family. Save room for dessert – they are decadent; from a tangy limoncello to a light five-layer chocolate cake that is the perfect amount of sweetness.
Seasons also offers lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11a – 3p, and brunch during the weekend at the same hours. Lunch is a more affordable and toned down take on the food, boasting plenty of salads and sandwiches, such as This Little Piggy, which is house bbq pork with a spicy horseradish sauce and butter pickles on a brioche bun. Brunch also features select items from the lunch menu, but offers new takes on popular breakfast items, including the Seasons American Affair; two eggs your way, smoked bacon, and country ham with roasted potatoes. However, my personal favorite aspect of the brunch is a new offering in Rome – the bloody mary and mimosa bar; where you can create to your own taste!
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