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New Italian restaurant coming to West Midtown, owner of Grana expands

Gené Hunter
Image: Bastone Official

(ATLANTA, Ga.) A new Italian restaurant is slated to open its doors in West Midtown in the coming weeks.

Chef and owner of Grana and The White Bull, Pat Pascarella announced his latest venture on Thursday. His latest Italian import, Bastone will round out Pascarella’s trilogy with a Naples-inspired mozzarella bar.

The announcement comes shortly after Pascarella announced a second location for Grana by the end of this year.

Bastone will be serving hand-stretched mozzarella, pasta, Italian wines, and craft cocktails. The restaurant will be dinner only and is located at 887 Howell Mill Road NW. Take-out & delivery will be available in addition to dine-in service.

“I’ve always wanted to create a concept like Bastone — it really is the heart and soul of my roots,” Pascarella said in a press release. “Mozzarella is a fundamental part of the cuisine in my family’s hometown of Naples. We’re excited to pioneer the idea that a great restaurant can be built around one main ingredient, and are eager for Atlantans to enjoy the best of everything it has to offer in an authentic way.”

Bastone is a Neapolitan namesake referring to a card deck’s “ace of clubs” that dually pays homage to Pascarella’s Italian-born grandfather who used to scream “Bastone!” as he played his favorite card during games. The eatery will offer a mozzarella-fueled version of the classics of Naples gastronomy.

In addition to a full mozzarella and salumi bar with optional bread service, Bastone will also offer a gran degustazione — “grand tasting” — including mozzarella di bufala, ricotta di bufala, burrata, smoked mozzarella and fatt a mano accompanied by boards of prosciutto, roasted artichokes, eggplant caponata and more.

A selection of salads, small plates and desserts will also be available alongside a list of house-made pasta including doppio with fig, ricotta, prosciutto, arugula and vincotto.

The decor is complete with an outdoor back patio embellished with a mural alongside a daytime pasta-making room that moonlights as a private dining area. The indoor dining space boasts an oversized wrought-iron and glass divider that separates the main dining room from the anchoring 18-seat split bar.

Doors to Bastone are set to open March 2022.

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