accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

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

droopydawg

January 6th, 2010
4:44 pm

Marco said: And until you have sat down at the table on [sic] an Italian grandmother, you fools have no idea what good italian food is.” I didn’t realize sitting on an old woman with a moustache was a prerequisite to know how good Italian food tastes.

Barbara

January 6th, 2010
4:50 pm

The Italian Oven in Peachtree City and Austell is my favorite.

Roberto

January 6th, 2010
5:07 pm

If you have been to Italy and want food “from the old country”, then Nino’s. If not, you will like Alfredo’s or Provino’s, They serve good Italian/American.

Rita, once I got past your YELLING and realized you are looking for some Italian on the south side. My recommendation is Sarfino’s in the Publix shopping center east of Henry Medical Center. It used to be on Mt. Zion across from Southlake Mall. Chris (the owner) is Greek but he and his chef (Mario) used to own the Provino’s on 19/41 and Mount Zion.

Terri B

January 6th, 2010
5:07 pm

Bergamo’s in Kennesaw! Absolutely, the best pizza around! Little known secret that deserves to be advertised!

Muffin

January 6th, 2010
5:24 pm

La Tavola is the best of the best!

Winger

January 6th, 2010
5:29 pm

Nino’s on Cheshire Bridge. No contest.

Steve

January 6th, 2010
5:31 pm

Rather amusing that AJC would ask “Who brings the best Italian food” and post a picture of spaghetti and meatballs. Just goes to show how little the average Atlantan knows about Italian food.

charlesfm

January 6th, 2010
5:31 pm

AMICI
AMICI
AMICI

Chief

January 6th, 2010
5:34 pm

Olive Garden

Ann

January 6th, 2010
5:36 pm

Bambinelli’s in Tucker. It’s owned by an Italian family. My grandmother is from Italy and it’s the only Italian place she’ll go to.

Vinny D

January 6th, 2010
5:41 pm

Rick & Vick

January 6th, 2010
5:52 pm

Nappolis in Flowery Branch (Exit 12 & Spout Springs in Publix shopping center).. Family owned & run.. GREAT Chicken Alfredo Pizza!!!!

I am whatever you say I am

January 6th, 2010
6:03 pm

Not for nuthin’ but I will say it again:
La Famiglia Ristorante in Marietta is the best!!!!!!

Can someone please explain to me why Maggiano’s, Carrabba’s, Olive Gardend, and any other franchises are considered “Italian”???
You go in the back, and the cooks are either Spanish or Asian.

You want real Italian food cooked by real Italians? You go to La Famiglia Ristorante in Marietta !!

Fuhgettaboutit!!!!!

EverydayisSunday

January 6th, 2010
6:09 pm

Nino’s on Cheshire Bridge…hands down. Makes you think you are in Little Italy!

If in Alpharetta, try Pasta Vino on State Bridge at Kimball Bridge. Great everything and authentic NY pizza…

Woody

January 6th, 2010
6:09 pm

Buca Di Beppo in Alpharetta.

B.Wilder

January 6th, 2010
6:16 pm

Fina Italian Bistro on Main Street in College Park
3823 Main Street
College Park, GA 30337
{404} 767-9292
A little taste of Italy “I promise!”

KB

January 6th, 2010
6:31 pm

La Famiglia on the Marietta Square.

C

January 6th, 2010
6:35 pm

VENI VIDI VICI!!!

LH

January 6th, 2010
6:36 pm

Steve

January 6th, 2010
6:55 pm

The tortellini gabrielle at Biba’s in Lawrenceville is probably the best Italian dish I’ve ever had.

Brooklyn East

January 6th, 2010
7:00 pm

Good italian food–in atlanta? Don’t make me laugh! I’ve lived here 2 years and haven’t found anything close to even the average places in Brooklyn and Queens. The stuff here tastes like it’s out of a box. I miss New York—the food up there is outstanding. Rednecks don’t appreciate quality food.

shb

January 6th, 2010
7:04 pm

Sotto Sotto is great! I love Figo for more casual fare!

Patsy

January 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

Il Localino e il ristorante Italiano piu bravo ad Atlanta. Olive Garden??? Maggiano’s??? Mamma Mia! I feel sorry for these people.

Umberto

January 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

La Strada Tratoria on Johnson’s Ferry has been there for about 25 years and has always served some great specials. A fairly new place in Woodstock is Vingenzo’s and everything is freshly made and delicious.

brice

January 6th, 2010
7:11 pm

La Pietra Cuchina

Kate

January 6th, 2010
7:11 pm

The best is Vita in Buckhead on Ptree. THIS ONE IS IT FOLKS!!! They have really great prices with options for family style!!! Go check it out!!

Tucker

January 6th, 2010
7:15 pm

Bambinelli’s in Tucker/Northlake is excellent.

Lilly

January 6th, 2010
7:18 pm

Ron

January 6th, 2010
7:24 pm

Casa Nuova in Alpharetta, Hwy 9. Italy comes to Georgia. Authentic, homey, expertly executed dishes, and super friendly, caring atmosphere makes this dining gem worth the drive from anywhere in Atlanta. A can’t miss menu that will please all foodies.

mike

January 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Amalfi on Alpharetta highway just north of the river!! My Grandparents came from Sicily and Northern Italy so I think i have a little knowledge of what good Italian food should taste like. Nino’s and La Grotta are right there also.

Mario

January 6th, 2010
7:56 pm

Antoneta’s . . . The best veal in the South.

Salerno

January 6th, 2010
7:58 pm

Antoneta’s is Italy in Georgia.

T

January 6th, 2010
8:55 pm

sotto sotto is great, and Nino’s is excellent. And, as others have mentioned, Chianti in Conyers is a wonderful OTP option!!

LivininATL

January 6th, 2010
8:56 pm

PASTA MAX in McDonough!

Goaliebuzz

January 6th, 2010
9:24 pm

I agree about Altobeli’s in Alpharetta/Johns Creek. Unique environment with the piano bar, and food that is excellent. Give it a shot!

Pat

January 7th, 2010
7:50 am

Either Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge, or Sotto Sotto. Both great picks for different Italian foods.

Pat

January 7th, 2010
7:53 am

Brooklyn East -

I just came from NY, and wasn’t that impressed with anything besides the authentic Dominican food. Maybe you should be thankful that ATL would welcome you in, since you couldn’t make it in NY.

il Padrino

January 7th, 2010
8:33 am

Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge–no question!

Mel

January 7th, 2010
9:17 am

Sotto Sotto,

Creative menu, home made pastas and sauces, excellent drinks and great atmosphere.

ED

January 7th, 2010
9:37 am

Casa Nuova Hwy 9 North Alpharetta.

Luca Brazzi

January 7th, 2010
10:31 am

Antonino’s in Cartersville !

Vito

January 7th, 2010
10:33 am

Authentic Italian cooking . . .

ANTONETA’S

Foodie

January 7th, 2010
10:39 am

I know you won’t believe it but Vingenzo’s in Woodstock. BE!

Granny Gigi

January 7th, 2010
11:29 am

Dominick’s in Lawrenceville. Delicious!!! Portions can serve 2 to 3 people!

Gini

January 7th, 2010
12:38 pm

Baroanda next to the Fox! Actual Italians make your food! So good!

Figurelli

January 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

I come from an Italian family up north, cook my own pasta and sauces and have been to Italy twice so I know the real thing. La Pietra Cucina and Sotto Sotto are the two best Italian places I’ve found in Atlanta. When a place makes fresh pasta and knows how to make risotto, THAT is Italian! Some of the other places mentioned here are ok too (La Tavola, Ciao Bella, Baronda…) but some are definitely NOT ok (Il Localino?? Nino’s?!).

Tiffany

January 7th, 2010
1:53 pm

I absolutely ADORE Caso Nuovo in Cumming…food is delicious and the specials are always imaginative. The prices are reasonable and the staff are always delightful!

Tim

January 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

Scalini’s on Cobb Parkway–hands dowsn

annie

January 7th, 2010
4:14 pm

Pasta da Pulchinella, my favorite! Good food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere (doesn’t sound like a disco or and echoing cafeteria). Pasta from Via Elisa is always a nice bring-home treat too.

Lisa

January 7th, 2010
4:49 pm

La Grotta — no contest