In the deep south, we are all about traditions, and food traditions top all. Italian food has been satisfying our taste buds for centuries. They have shared their cultural delicacies with all corners of the world and we’re lucky that Atlanta happens to be one of those places. From classic Italian styled twirls of pasta with tomato and basil to alternatively composed recipes with ingredients like shrimp, hot calabrese sausage or noodles blackened with squid ink, they all accomplish the same task…making us hungry for Italian food! Here’s an ode to our top 5 restaurants serving it up the right way:
Pinocchios (Sandy Springs)
Stop in for a comfortable neighborhood spot that only serves up the best homemade dishes. Our #1 of the moment? Their chicken pesto gnocchi. Don’t miss it! (Stay tuned for Pinnochios’ premiere on Atlanta Eats soon!)
BoccaLupo (Inman Park)
This is what you call a trading up for a new model. BoccaLupo exchanges the typical spaghetti noodle for one black from squid ink with hot calabrese sausage, red shrimp and scallions.
La Tavola (Virginia Highland)
This quaint restaurant transports you to a city more ancient than Atlanta, perhaps Rome or Naples. Try their grilled whole fish with lemon, radish and arugula.
Pricci has been the longtime favorite for the perfect Italian meal. Their Ravioli Di Brasato combines doughy pasta and braised short rib for their quintessential dish.
For a familiar and well-done plate of pasta, Davio’s puts a little twist on the Italian comfort food. They serve a thinner pasta than tradition calls for aka spaghettini, with fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes and if you’d like, their signature Kobe meatballs on top.
Want more food inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!