ATLANTA, GA - There are days when nothing beats a huge bowl of pasta combined with a glass of wine, from spaghetti and tagliatelle to orecchiette and farfalle. From local trattorias and homey red sauce places to Italian shops and fancy destination ristorantes, Atlanta's Italian restaurants cover the range.
Here are several Italian eateries to try in the area.
Pietro Gianni, chef Michael Patrick, and Stephen Peterson of Storico Fresco have created Forza Storico, a Roman Italian restaurant. The restaurant seamlessly transitions between an osteria's bar-like ambiance and an informal local trattoria. The dish contains the old city's essential elements, such as butter, black pepper, bitter greens, and the pungent and sour pecorino cheese, exactly as it does in Rome.
Iconic pasta dishes like carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe will be served alongside fried items like artichokes and squash blossoms, as well as bigger courses of slow-cooked meats.
La Grotta Ristorante
This place is a fine-dining Italian restaurant with white tablecloths and a secluded garden right near Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Sacchetti ("beggar's purses") packed with fontina and black truffles in a marasala wine sauce or pappardelle over lobster and shallots in a rosemary-white wine cream sauce are two of the restaurant's luxurious pasta delicacies. You will want to dress in semi-formal attire if you're going to this place.
il Giallo Osteria & Bar
Il Giallo, a restaurant in Sandy Springs, serves Italian dishes and pasta, as well as fresh-caught seafood from the Georgia coast. The Caesar salad, free home-baked focaccia bread, and the polpette are all favorites among regulars, like beef, turkey, and duck meatballs soaked in mushroom gravy. You can enjoy the roasted duck and fontina agnolotti, the gorgonzola and speck gnocchi, or the lasagna matta cooked with braised beef short rib.
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