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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

zeke

January 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Scalini’s by far! They have been ther, seems like, forever! I know I have eaten there since the early 80’s! Great place-great food!

I am whatever you say I am

January 5th, 2010
11:56 am

La Famiglia Ristorante in Marietta!!!!!

Ms. Mathis

January 5th, 2010
11:57 am

I agree with Reddy430 and Ms. Vivian. Chianti’s Italian Resturant is the best Italian Resturant! I love the lasagna and bread (I can taste it all right now). Wait, is it time for lunch yet?

Alleybabe

January 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

Serafino in Stockbridge. By FAR the BEST Italian I have ever had!!! Regular menu is average prices; “specials” menu is rather pricey, but worth every penny!! Second choice would be Ippolitos anywhere.

jg

January 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Bambinelli’s

Dan

January 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

Psst here is a tip (Provinos, Scalinis are not Italian don’t tell anyone) A big mac is more italian than the food served in those places. Not bad eats for the price but definitely not italian

Geoffrey Scott

January 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Macaroni Grill is the best. Owned and operated by chefs, everything on their menu is superb. Their chicken scaloppini with lemon, capers and artichoke hearts is my favorite. Even their fresh herb bread is worth the trip. Prices are very moderate considering the quality ingredients and memorable taste sensation.

Robin in Marietta

January 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

La Famiglia on the square in Marietta is very, very good. As is Fina on Main Street in College Park.

J Press

January 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Pasta Bella in Austell…you get plenty of food and the service is A1

Red

January 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

Casa Nuova in Alpharetta/Cumming Area – great fresh food, outside is not much to look at, but inside is small nice place and the service is very good. Mid priced

LS

January 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

Maggiano’s and Scalini’s in Smyrna. Used to be Carollos’s in Douglasville, but they closed.

Mike

January 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

La Tovola get’s my vote.

Gwinnett Mom

January 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Olive Garden

gwen

January 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

NAPOLI’S pizza for the pizza. Everyone else is way overpriced and not authentic. These guys are from naples.

Steve

January 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

Antonino’s Grotto in Cartersville. Great rolls, main courses, and home made desserts!!

finally

January 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

We loved Marco’s on Roswell Road near Wieuca, it closed to make room for yet another grocery store. Does anyone know if they opened anywhere else, they said that they might, but we are in L’ville now. I would have to say Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge-the pasta just melts in your mouth as the best since Marco’s is gone.

Cara B.

January 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

1. La Tavola.
2. La Tavola
3. La Tavola

NANA

January 5th, 2010
12:37 pm

Gwinnett Mom….You can’t be serious! You’re missing out if you don’t go to Atlanta. I went to Antionetta’s last night. It is very good! 324 & 124. yum, yum!

Mayberry111

January 5th, 2010
12:37 pm

Hands down, Pasta Max in McDonough. FANTASTIC!!

And what is with all you snobs out there slamming people choosing a chain?? Good food is good food regardless if it is independant or a chain.

Tim

January 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

Sotto Sotto is head-and-shoulders above ANY other Italian restaurant that I’ve patronized. My wife and I make it there 4-5 times a year which is way too little but we generally try to avoid going downtown. If we are sticking close to home then I like Chianti’s in Conyers.

munkyangel

January 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

lucianos johns creek

Johnny

January 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

NINO”S, without a doubt…….been eating there for over thirty years!!!!

CK9

January 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Ted

January 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Fred…that was funny.

JBrock

January 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

Fina in College Park. It doesnt get any better!

street smart

January 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

FRED—–Why would anyone go to Bibas to feel like they are in Georgia? If I want to feel like I’m in Georgia I just read the idiotic words of some ignorant cry baby redneck who is still angry about losing the Civil War.? Brooklyn has many old world Italian restaurants with some authentic recipes. To say that an Italian restaurant in Georgia is comparable to a restaurant that is located in an Italian community ( in this case its Brooklyn) is a compliment. Get over yourself!

Catie

January 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

Dominick’s gets my vote. I am flabbergasted at the Pasta Bella votes. To me, their food is a step away from Chef Boy-ar-dee.

Ande

January 5th, 2010
12:47 pm

Il Localino and Alfredo’s get my vote, but I’m looking forward to trying a lot of these others!

Bob from Accounttemps

January 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

Looking at the posts, I’m surprised I didn’t see Olive Garden mentioned. Then again, when you see Scalini’s and Provino’s and Maggiano’s, I guess these same posters would say Domino’s has the best pizza. And calliing me a snob ignores the fact that Don Pablo’s is as “mexican” as Scalini’s is “italian”. Go to Italy and then we can talk. Best pasta – Sotto Sotto. Best Italian? Go to NYC or Chicago. I’m still looking, although I had a fantastic meal on Friday at Baroanda. Pasta Vino was the more affordable alternative to Abruzzi, but no longer and the food and service now are inconsistent.

Meredith

January 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

Pricci came to mind first… I’m anxious to try Pietra Cucina though.

Michelle

January 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

la Pietra Cucina

Reese

January 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Nino’s on Cheshire Bridge has and always will be number 1. It’s been around over 30 years, that says a lot within itself. The kind of place you know if you grew up in Atlanta.

jake's mom

January 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

I’m with you on Camille’s in VA. Highlands. Hated to see them go.

Jennifer

January 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Hey, those who listed Luciano’s — is that on the corner of 92 and ???? Don’t know the cross street. I think I’ve seen it, but never been there. And, we’re in Acworth once a week. I’ll have to try Fusco’s!

Ziti

January 5th, 2010
1:07 pm

#2 — Sotto Sotto upscale
#3 — La Famiglia in Marietta or Maggiano’s Buckhead midpoint
#4 — Scalini’s Smyrna or Provino’s Kennesaw casual
#5 — Napoli’s for pizza
#1 — My kitchen. Napolitano grandparents came to the US through Ellis Island in 1907, opened a NY restaurant that’s still in the family. Eh!

ziza

January 5th, 2010
1:09 pm

il localino, ninos, fina in college park. have yet to try alfredos but will do so soon. the service at veni vidi vici is excellent, but i’ve not been crazy about the food any time that i’ve gone. loved camilles was sorry to see them go.

The Peach

January 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Bambinelli’s in Tucker? Sorry, Circledot, but Bambinelli’s is not that great. The owner is very nice, and the rolls are great, but the food is just so so.

NY GUY

January 5th, 2010
1:12 pm

Fortunato’s in Smyrna
Mom and Pops place-Excellent food!!!!
Also Voted Best Pizza in Atlanta by Creative Loafing

NY GUY

January 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Fortunatos in Smyrna
Mom and Pops place
Great Food
Also voted Best Pizza ATL-Creative Loafing

Franko

January 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Antoneta’s Italian Restaurant with master Chef Kenny Biba.
The best!

MamaKnowsBestForHerFamily

January 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

You ask why we suggest OTP places? Because some of us don’t want to waste time on a babysitter and want to have family time together at a family restaurant. Our kiddos aren’t bothering you that way. A meal out at a restaurant, even Scalini’s or Maggianos sure beats having to cook when you cook all the time anyways and you have to decide b/w a babysitter and an even cheaper meal or a nice family meal. I’d love to try some of the restaurants downtown but this time in my life doesn’t allow me that luxury.

Tina

January 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Nino’s off Cheshire Bridge. Best Italian and Best Service hands down!

john

January 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Take it from an Italian originally from the Northeast, Alfredo’s on Chesire Bridge has been consistently top notch for over 30 years. Oscar’s Villa Capri is always good and Veni, Vidi, Vici for upscale Tuscan cuisine is good. Do miss Camille’s Little Italy in the Highlands.

catlanta

January 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

Mad Italian on Savoy Drive at 285 for home made marinara and meatballs … fantastic lasagne both meat and vegetarian. Philly cheesesteaks still taste exactly as they did in the 70’s.

Ty Pike

January 5th, 2010
1:35 pm

Provinos? It’s ok. Ippolitos? Very similar to Provinos. Sotto Sotto? Pretty good. However none of these even can come close to my Dad’s BBQ Italian. He’s got the best BBQ Pork Scalopini you’ve ever dreamed of. The palatableness of the sauce is like walking on clouds and the angel hair is like the hair from an angel. Just Heavenly. Until next time…
Ciao,
TP

Joe

January 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

Mad I in Cham/Dunwoody. Great prices, friendly staff—–good food

OIFVet

January 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

Pasta Max in McDonough

Barb Lucas

January 5th, 2010
1:42 pm

Mama Mia’s in Stone Mountain. The best. Try Rick’s homemade bread pudding with an after dinner cup of coffee. Sets off an otherwise fab Italian meal.

Glenn

January 5th, 2010
1:45 pm

Casa Nuova on Hwy 9 north of Alpharetta. Never had a bad meal there, and the service is impeccable.

Sarah

January 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

Its between Scalini’s or Maggiano’s for me.