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Best Italian restaurant

Capa Sante at Sotto Sotto. Photo: Elissa Eubanks / Staff

Capa Sante at Sotto Sotto. Photo: Elissa Eubanks / Staff

YOUR PICKS

1) Sotto Sotto

You say, “Sotto Sotto is outstanding by any measure. A bit pricey for some budgets, but worth every penny.”

2) Alfredo’s

3) Provino’s

4) Dominick’s

5) Nino’s

Bevette all'Amatriciana from La Pietra Cucina. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Bevette all'Amatriciana from La Pietra Cucina. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1) La Pietra Cucina

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “Unexpected and totally satisfying, La Pietra Cucina is possibly the most authentic Italian restaurant in the area. Chef Bruce Logue has a deep understanding of Italian cuisine, but his interpretation is his own.”

2) Sotto Sotto

3) Antica Posta

4) Antico Pizza Napoletana

5) La Tavola Trattoria

384 comments Add your comment

Charlie&Annie

January 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

NOT Provinios! They charge a plate fee for splitting a meal!! Our vote would be for Alfredos

WHH

January 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

#1 – La Tavola / Virginia Highlands… the best!
#2 – Sotto Sotto / Inman Park… close 2nd!
#3 – Nino’s / Cheshire Bridge… close 3rd!

WhoRUKiddin

January 4th, 2010
3:18 pm

Pizza Hut, baby! they fool everyone with their pasta dishes — haven’t you seen???

Beekay

January 4th, 2010
3:20 pm

Sugo in Roswell or La Strada on Johnson Ferry in East Cobb. Frankie’s in East Cobb is good too for certain dishes. And Capozzi’s in East Cobb has awesome NY style pizza. Ok, now I’m hungry.

JoeV

January 4th, 2010
3:20 pm

Giorgio’s in Cumming

Jimnalph

January 4th, 2010
3:21 pm

Altobelli’s in Alph/Johns Creek. The best veal around.

Laura

January 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Hands down, Scallini’s on Cobb Parkway.

Don

January 4th, 2010
3:24 pm

rlcookster

January 4th, 2010
3:27 pm

Fuscos’ Via Roma in Acworth….family owned and very authentic…David the head chef is great….and if you want excellent service, ask for Whitni….she’s the best!!!!!

iron_eagle

January 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

il bacio in atlanta

wondermous!

Jason

January 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

Figo??? What’s wrong with you people? Try to get out of the house a little more.

Alfredo’s is where it’s at.

Bullwinkle

January 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

Alfredo’s–The best Italian restaurant owned by Cubans with a Chinese chef in Atlanta for over 30- years.

Mary

January 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

Definitely, Pasta Max in McDonough (off the square). Their food and atmosphere is wonderful.

mc

January 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Trattoria Il Localino in VA Highlands.

Mr. H

January 4th, 2010
3:34 pm

Definitely steer clear of Aldo’s in Tucker. My wife and I went there hoping for a mildly romantic dinner in the neighborhood and they served us crab dip made with imitation crab (you know, the kind spelled with a “K”) and tried to pass tilapia off as grouper. When I asked to speak to the owner he flat out admitted it and would not take any thing off of our bill and actually got confrontational with me and my wife over the matter. Pizza Hut probably really is better than this place.

Nothing like a big bowl of rolls at Provino’s followed up by a mound of lasagna though, mmmmmmm.

FCJ

January 4th, 2010
3:35 pm

La Tavola in the Highlands, for sure!

Carolyn

January 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

Enter your comments here Pasta Max in McDonough. Fantastic food. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere. Small, intimate, wonderful dining experience.

East Atlanta Foodie

January 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

It is sad that someone actually wrote Maggianos as an Italian food great, if that is the case you need to explore outside corporate restaurants or maybe come inside the perimeter!

Some of the top in Atlanta are Sotto Sotto, Fritti (for pizza), and Veni Vidi Vici…all three will satisify your palate and all three have a fabulous atmosphere…BON APPETIT!

Will the bloke

January 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

NANA

January 4th, 2010
3:40 pm

ANTIONETTA BIBA’S IN DACULA….324 AND 124, RELATED BUT NOT THE SAME AND ALSO VERY GOOD IS BIBA’S ON SUGARLOAF….THE ROLLS AT IPOLLITO’S ARE YUMMY. AND YES, I LIKE PROVINO’S. I JUST LOVE ITALIAN PERIOD! I EVEN LIKE OLIVE GARDEN!

Don Vito Corleone

January 4th, 2010
3:41 pm

Antonino’s in Cartersville

Chris

January 4th, 2010
3:45 pm

Dominick’s in Norcross…Family-style Italian dining…MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm

DIDDY

January 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

VALENZA IN BROOKHAVEN. FANTASTIC FOOD!

Kara, Kara, Kara

January 4th, 2010
3:49 pm

Kara wrote:

“By the way…This is the best of ATLANTA. Why do you people even suggest places in Duluth, Canton, Marietta, Lawrenceville, ect [sic]????”

The City of Atlanta’s population is about 519,00 while the combined statistical area is about 5.6 million. Why confine one’s self to the legal city limits of a medium-sized city when choosing a restaurant given that the metro area encompasses 10 times as many people as Atlanta proper? More restaurants, more choices Kara.

Gee Kara, is your head filled with Alfredo sauce or what?

Circledot

January 4th, 2010
3:50 pm

Bambinelli’s in Tucker (near Northlake) “Italian….straight from the Bronx” as they say. :) Great food and the owner is a real charmer.

GT Alum

January 4th, 2010
3:51 pm

Provino’s in Roswell. Can’t beat the salad and rolls anywhere.

Joe

January 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

Luciano’s in Alpharetta!!! The only place I go for Italian.

GT Alum

January 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

PS- Scalini’s is an offshoot of Provino’s, not the other way around. Provino’s has been around MUCH LONGER than Scalini’s.

Sara

January 4th, 2010
3:53 pm

Pasta da Pulcinella in Midtown

Caren

January 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

Scalini’s in Smyrna…hands down the best. They are also legendary for the eggplant parmigiana…not just a fabulous dish but also gets the labor process rolling for expectant moms!

Lori

January 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

Marchello’s in Buford. It has been a family favorite for over 20 years.

Jason

January 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

Waffle House! hands down!

chazs

January 4th, 2010
4:02 pm

Veni, Vidi, Vici A long time favorite.

Jen

January 4th, 2010
4:03 pm

Luciano’s in Alpharetta. Chef Jon rocks the gnocchi!

Carolyn

January 4th, 2010
4:03 pm

Pasta Bella on Austell Road near Cobb Hospital. Absolutely the best food with lots of it. Don’t miss the desserts either.

N-GA

January 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Sotto Sotto is outstanding by any measure. A bit pricey for some budgets, but worth every penny. If you only think of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna, or Ravioli when you are craving Italian food, then you should skip Sotto Sotto and spend your time and money at Provino’s (good family diining at a reasonable cost). On the other hand. if you really want to understand Italian cuisine, then Sotto Sotto is for you. BTW, their wine list rocks!

reservoirDAWG

January 4th, 2010
4:51 pm

I’m surprised nobody has listed The Flying Biscuit. I’m sure they make something with tomato sauce.

charles m brown

January 4th, 2010
5:51 pm

Alfredos/late camilles
Ninos

Peter

January 4th, 2010
6:21 pm

It *was* Stella’s. They closed in December 2009.

MochaDLyte

January 4th, 2010
6:27 pm

These are not my number ones, but I don’t complain about the food. Good Eats, not Great Eats
1. Sophie Cafe in Lawrenceville/Dacula off 316
2. Dominick’s in Norcross
3. Rudy’s New York Style Pizza ( trust me the veggie lasanga is to die for!)

MochaDLyte

January 4th, 2010
6:28 pm

Rudy’s NY Pizza is in Duluth

John

January 4th, 2010
7:42 pm

Lucianos Sugarloaf The Best ever..
Meatballs are Fantastic..
Great Service

Dreygus

January 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

Fusco’s via Roma in Acworth has the freshest PEI mussels to be found anywhere and great antipasto. The entrees are authentic Italian that you will not find at the chains.

Hungry in the City

January 4th, 2010
10:55 pm

My vote goes to Valenza off of Dresden next to Haven. I have lived in the Highlands and now the EAV for the past two years which has amazing food offerings, but Valenza is the best Italian I’ve had in years.

Glenn

January 5th, 2010
7:41 am

Wow, about a hundred comments before anyone mentions Pricci. Pricci gets my vote in the upper scale category – hands down. I can already taste the tissue-thin slices of prosciutto from their beautifully restored Berkel slicer. Heaven on a plate.

Joy RB

January 5th, 2010
8:06 am

Mama Mia’s in Stone Mountain. Simply the best.

rita

January 5th, 2010
8:56 am

ARE THERE ANY ITALIANO’S RESTAURANTS IN THE SOUTH OF ATLANTA NEAR FAYETTEVILLE, UNION CITY, COLLEGE PARK, STOCKBRIDGE ETC! WE LOVE ITALIANO FOOD TOO! I CAN REMEMBER EATING CONOTILI IT’S A CREAM FILLED PASTRY TO DIE FOR! UP NORTH WHERE THERE’S SEEM TO BE PLENTY OF ITALINAN RESTURANTS I DDIN’T HAVE TO GO FAR FOR MY FAVORITE ITALIAN FOOD! ITALIAN FOOD IS RICH FOOD WITH A TASTE THAT OUT OF THIS WORLD! PIZZA, PASTRIES, CAKES, PIES PASTA OH, OH, I HAVE A TASTE FOR SOME NOW! I AM GOING IN MY KITCHEN AND WHIP OF SOME CHEESE GRITS, AND SOMETHING ITALIAN! MAMA MIA!!!

wwr201

January 5th, 2010
9:14 am

While the chain restaurants serve a purpose for the unimaginative strip-mall crowd, the spirit of this survey is to identify a best restaurant, singular (i.e. A chef or location).

La Pietra Cuchina or Pricci are tops in the city without question.

Garlic!

January 5th, 2010
9:21 am

Alofredos alfredos alfredos

also enjoy Franco’s

and Scalinis

Bellisimo

January 5th, 2010
9:23 am

The original La Grotta, hands down. Is the best and will always be the best.