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The Ultimate Guide to Italian Restaurants in Atlanta 🍝

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published November 6, 2019 and last updated May 27, 2022. 

Neapolitan pizzas, perfectly stuffed ravioli shells, and rich, savory gnocchi–its all impastably perfect. These Italian joints in Atlanta are serving up ridiculously delicious pasta, cannolis, and chicken parmigiana, and will be sure to satisfy you when you just need an Italian fix.

a mano - Carbonara | Photo: amanoatl.com
a mano – Carbonara | Photo: amanoatl.com

1. a mano

587 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Great for date night or a girl’s night out, a mano has us coming back and back again for their classic pasta dishes. Their carbonara always hits the spot, and their cacio e pepe has the right amount of creaminess and pepper to satisfy. The patio is cute-as-a-button, and you’re going to love the Italian skillet bread, drenched in olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Gluten-free options are also available.

 

2. Amalfi Cucina + Mercato

Multiple Locations

Amalfi Cucina and Mercato is the Buckhead and Midtown restaurant for authentic, delicious Italian dishes. They use the best ingredients, directly imported from Italy, and make mouthwatering Neapolitan style pies, pastas and cocktails. Plus, check out their Mercato, where they sell hard to find, sourced Italian provisions including sauces, pastas, seasonings, wine and more.

3. Amore e Amore

467 North Highland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307

This cozy, cute-as-a-button spot on Highland Avenue is all about great service and homey, fantastic Italian food. The ceilings covered with fun and colorful lanterns, and this place was even listed as a top meal from Atlanta Eats staff in 2021. 

 
Bellina Alimentari - Carbonara | Photo: Facebook/bellinaalimentari
Bellina Alimentari – Carbonara | Photo: Facebook/bellinaalimentari

4. Bellina Alimentari

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE UNIT 131, Atlanta, GA 30308

While a lot of Atlanta restaurants make a fine carbonara, Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market has got to have some of the best. It’s served with a heaping portion of bacon and made with bucatini, a thick and spaghetti-like pasta that has a hole running through the center, allowing for even more of the creamy sauce of a carbonara to seep in!

 
Black Spaghetti from Boccalupo
Boccalupo – Black Spaghetti

5. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE. Atlanta, GA 30307. 

Head on over to Inman Park for this Italian gem. Their 20 yolk tagliatelle is an absolute show-stopper, with a variety of mushrooms that’ll satisfy your most savory cravings. The menu constantly changes, but you can expect offerings like ceviche, prosciutto, and squid ink pasta!

 

6. Crispina Ristorante

Multiple Locations

What a hidden gem! This restaurant is both family-friendly and surprisingly authentic, with wood-fired pizzas that come piping hot out of an 800 degree oven. Their cannolis and tiramisu are top-tier and their pastas are al dente perfection every time. Locations in Vinings and Kennesaw. 

 

7. Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

A mall is no place for a steakhouse. Or so you might think. But that’s Buckhead for you and Davio’s is worthy of being the exception to the rule. Davio’s has the kind of timeless decor and ambiance you’d expect to find at a high-end steakhouse in any of America’s great dining cities. Dimmed lighting, but not too dim; friendly servers, but not overly-friendly. You’re not likely to be surprised by anything on the menu at Davio’s — it’s high quality pasta and surf and turf — but surprises aren’t why people dine at steakhouses. The food is good, consistent, and exactly what you’re hungry for when you step through the door. The risotto is truly excellent! 

Double Zero - Pasta | Photo: Facebook/doublezeroatl
Double Zero – Pasta | Photo: Facebook/doublezeroatl

8. Double Zero

1577 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307

Find handmade pasta made fresh, on-site everyday over in Emory Village! Their name comes from the Double Zero, ultra-refined flour they use in their dishes, and wow, can you taste the difference. They also make Neapolitan pizza fresh in their ovens if someone in your group is more a ‘za mood, and the bar program is also fantastic.

FIGO - Ravioli with beef liver and fava beans tossed in a “nice Chianti” sauce | Photo: Facebook/FIGOpasta
FIGO – Ravioli with beef liver and fava beans tossed in a “nice Chianti” sauce | Photo: Facebook/FIGOpasta

9. FIGO Pasta

Multiple Locations

When you’re in need of a quick and affordable but savory bite, head to your nearest FIGO Pasta. With over 20 different types of pastas and raviolis, they’re sure to have something on the menu no matter whether you’re more in a fusilli, gnocchi, or tagliatelle kind of mood!

Forza Storico - Patio } Photo: Facebook/forzastorico
Forza Storico – Patio } Photo: Facebook/forzastorico

10. Forza Storico

1198 Howell Mill Rd #020, Atlanta, GA 30318

Forza Storico, from the team behind Storico Fresco, has easily become the most happening spot in West Midtown, in the same complex as JCT Kitchen. Their patio is a wonderful place to share a smooch with your loved one, with plenty of heaters to keep you both cozy in the fall and winter time. The energy somehow simultaneously both lively and cozy, leading to a date that will earn you tons of brownie points. And did we also mention that the pasta is fantastic? 

Il Giallo - Veal Parmigiana
Il Giallo – Veal Parmigiana

11. Il Giallo

5920 Roswell Road Suite B118 Sandy Springs, GA, 30328 

This Sandy Springs spot continues to impress us visit after visit. Everything on the menu is flavorful and delicious, and their octopus appetizer is a total favorite. There are always excellent new specials to try, but our favorite stand-by is their cream-based gnocchi! Save room for their bread pudding!

Ippolito's - Garlic Rolls
Ippolito’s – Garlic Rolls

12. Ippolito’s Neighborhood Italian

Multiple Locations

No frills, casual Italian spot Ippolito’s is famous for its garlic knots that will absolutely spoil your appetite before dinner. Diners are forced to have their Stromboli and their Chicken Parmigiana bagged before trying even one bite! So it might be a bit later, at home in your kitchen in the light of your open fridge, that you even try their ultra-comforting and cheesy chicken parmigiana or their cheese tortellini. But it’s great for when you’re in the cheesiest of moods!

La Grotta- Risotto with Shaved Black Truffles
La Grotta- Risotto with Shaved Black Truffles

13. La Grotta

2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

You’ll find La Grotta’s mouthwatering handmade pasta and Italian fare nestled on the bottom floor of a very unassuming building, but don’t be fooled. The tiramisu is to die for, and the service is always impeccable! They’re offering curbside pickup at this time as well, and you can even score a bottle of wine for 40% off or their Negroni’s, Old Fashioned, and Manhattans to bring home. Just open up their sealed cocktails to pour over ice!

No. 246 - Veal Parm | Photo: Facebook/no246
No. 246 – Chicken Parmiagiana | Photo: Facebook/no246

14. No. 246

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Is it just us or does Decatur have like, ALL the best food? Find this Chef Ford Fry spot in the heart of downtown Decatur. Their spicy vodka rigatoni and black spaghetti is a high-point on the menu. And the pizza is on point, too! 

Pricci - Shrimp Rigatoni | Facebook/pricciatlanta
Pricci – Shrimp Rigatoni | Facebook/pricciatlanta

15. Pricci

500 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

This Buckhead Italian spot is an upscale, white-tablecloth classic kind of place that’s been around for decades and is a phenomenal night out, guaranteed. While other trendy restaurants come and go, Pricci keeps serving up outstanding, quality Italian fare like their shrimp rigatoni, Linguini Fruitti di Mare, and tortelloni.

Sotto Sotto - Handmade Pasta | Photo: Facebook/sottosotto
Sotto Sotto – Handmade Pasta | Photo: Facebook/sottosotto

16. Sotto Sotto

313 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

This cozy Inman Park spot is great for date night, and is also open late on weekday nights. The highlight of the menu has to be the Tortelli di Michelangela, a tortellini stuffed full of veal, chicken, AND pork!

 

17. Toscano

232 19th Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30363

Toscano is Atlanta’s newest Tuscan Italian restaurant and immediately making a delicious impact on Atlantic Station. Created by Linda Harrell and Gianni Betti, owners of Sandy Spring’s Cibo E Beve, Toscano translated literally means someone from Tuscany. As a Toscano himself, Betti’s mother’s recipes are all over the menu, including the tantalizing Tagliarini Bolognese. With a great selection of Tuscan wines, arancini, salads, freshly made pastas and more, Italy is just a quick drive to Atlantic Station.

Use our map below to find a pasta spot near you!

Ippolito's
No. 246
Il Giallo
Double Zero
Sotto Sotto
FIGO Pasta
a mano
Donetto
BoccaLuppo
Pricci
Crispina
Crispina
Ippolito's

No frills, casual Italian spot Ippolito’s is famous for its garlic knots that will absolutely spoil your appetite before dinner. Diners are forced to have their Stromboli and their Chicken Parmigiana bagged before trying even one bite! So it might be a bit later, at home in your kitchen that you even try their ultra-comforting and cheesy chicken parmigiana or their cheese tortellini. But it’s great when you’re in the cheesiest of moods!

No. 246

Is it just us or does Decatur like, ALL the best food? Find this Chef Ford Fry spot in downtown Decatur. Their squid ink spaghetti, served with Georgia white shrimp, is a high-point on the menu and  they also have a brunch menu serving up classic comfort Italian fare like meatballs and frittatas alongside Southern favorites like chicken and biscuits!

Il Giallo

This Sandy Springs spot continues to impress us visit after visit. Their octopus appetizer is a favorite. There are always excellent new specials to try, but our favorite stand-by is their cream-based gnocchi!

Double Zero

Find handmade pasta made fresh, on-site everyday over in Emory Village! Their name comes from the Double Zero ultra-refined flour they use in their dishes, and wow, can you taste the difference. They also make Neapolitan pizza fresh in their ovens if someone in your group is in more  of a ‘za mood, and the bar program is also fantastic.

Sotto Sotto

This cozy Inman Park spot is great for date night, and is also open late on weekday nights. The highlight of the menu has to be the Tortelli di Michelangela, a tortellini stuffed full of veal, chicken, pork!

FIGO Pasta

When you’re in need of a quick and affordable but savory bite, head to your nearest FIGO. With over 20 different types of pastas and raviolis, they’re sure to have something on the menu no matter whether you’re more in a fusilli, gnocchi, or tagliatelle kind of mood!

a mano

Great for date night or girl’s night, a mano has us coming back and back again for their classic pasta dishes. Their carbonara always hits the spot, and their cacio e pepe has the right amount of creaminess and pepper to satisfy. The patio is cute-as-a-button, and you’re going to love the Italian skillet bread, drenched in olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Gluten-free options are also available.

Donetto

This West Midtown spot has a beautiful, modern interior, a constantly rotating seasonal menu, and delicious house-made pastas. Their house-made focaccia is especially tasty, and while this spot is on the pricier side, you can enjoy a three-course dinner on Sundays for a prix fixe of $35 or half-price pizzas from 5-7pm for their weekday happy hour!

BoccaLuppo

Head on over to Inman Park for this Italian gem. Their 20 yolk tagliatelle is an absolute show-stopper, with a variety of mushrooms that’ll satisfy your most savory cravings. The menu constantly changes, but you can expect offerings like ceviche, prosciutto, and squid ink pasta!

Pricci

This Buckhead Italian spot is a classic that’s been around for decades and is a phenomenal night out, guaranteed. While other trendy restaurants come and go, Pricci keeps serving up outstanding, quality Italian fare like their shrimp rigatoni, Linguini Fruitti di Mare, and tortelloni.

Crispina

What a hidden gem! This restaurant is both family-friendly and surprisingly authentic, with wood-fired pizzas that come piping hot out of an 800 degree oven. Their cannolis and tiramisu are top-tier and their pastas are al dente perfection every time. Locations in Vinings and Kennesaw.

Crispina

What a hidden gem! This restaurant is both family-friendly and surprisingly authentic, with wood-fired pizzas that come piping hot out of an 800 degree oven. Their cannolis and tiramisu are top-tier and their pastas are al dente perfection every time. Locations in Vinings and Kennesaw.

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