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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

Jiminy Cricket

January 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

Provinos in Canton

Jeff

January 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

Todd Little

January 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

Oscar’s Villa Capri – Dunwoody

http://oscarsvillacapri.com/

antonkvl

January 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

Fusco’s via Roma in Acworth. Once you experience their authentic farmhouse recipes and beautifully decorated dining room, you will never go to Olive Garden again.

MSM

January 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

Alfredo’s on Cheshire… You feel like you are in Brooklyn… love it!

Tim from lawrenceville

January 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

alfredo’s y’all ! love going there after a night seeing the gurlz of cheshire if you know what i mean.

Fred

January 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

So go back to Brooklyn.

Biba’s 316 and Sugarloaf. You feel like you are in………… Georgia

Christina

January 4th, 2010
2:06 pm

Provino’s for a more budget-friendly option, but La Grotta when I want to splurge! Mmmmmm.

Chad Shearer

January 4th, 2010
2:08 pm

il localino. Nothing better in Atlanta.

Alabamastan

January 4th, 2010
2:09 pm

The best Italian restaurant closed several years ago. Camille’s in Va.-Highland.

Yup, I said it

January 4th, 2010
2:09 pm

HEEEEEY – Italian food is one of my favorites!

I have two great picks:

Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in Marietta
http://www.vincentsrestaurant.webs.com

and

Provino’s in Duluth
http://www.provinos.com

If you can’t get to either one, Maggiano’s will do!

Terry

January 4th, 2010
2:10 pm

Pietra di Cucina, one of the great restaurants in Atlanta.

Chip

January 4th, 2010
2:11 pm

Vita – Get the Chicken and Eggplant – it’s in South Buckhead near Piedmont Hospital. They were closed for a while to solely cater to private parties, but they are now re-opening…

Harry

January 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Casa Nuova Hwy 9-Alpharetta. Mom and Pop place with class and great food and service.

Robin

January 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

Peter’s!! In Dunwoody!

Yup, I said it

January 4th, 2010
2:14 pm

OMG- how could I forget this one:

il Mulino
http://www.provinos.com/

Bellisimo!

Doug S.

January 4th, 2010
2:14 pm

Provinos on the cheap and La Tavolla Tratoria in the Highlands for upscale.

Yup, I said it

January 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

Richard Smith

January 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

Peter’s in Dunwoody, and Trattoria 141 in Alpharetta.

Nom nom nom

January 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

La Pietra Cucina.

Nuff said.

PresBo

January 4th, 2010
2:20 pm

noonya

January 4th, 2010
2:20 pm

Mr.Met

January 4th, 2010
2:23 pm

michelle

January 4th, 2010
2:23 pm

The best place is Porto Bello off McGinnis Ferry in Suwanee. A small restaurant with excellent food and great wine. Hugo is absolutely wonderful. Always incredible

Bigfattyfattyfoodie

January 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

ANY of the Provino’s restaurants are #1 with me.

DP

January 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

Italian

January 4th, 2010
2:27 pm

Ciao Bella or Portofino

Randi

January 4th, 2010
2:34 pm

FL

January 4th, 2010
2:35 pm

Ippolito’s in Norcross. Excellent Garlic Roles!

mar1jdh

January 4th, 2010
2:35 pm

Antica Posta in buckhead – the only authentic Tuscan in town
di Paolo in Roswell – a true hiden gem

Sugar Hill

January 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

Provino’s for once a week, and Sotto Sotto for upscale!

Johnny Fontane

January 4th, 2010
2:42 pm

Domnicks in Lawrenceville is a fine choice but La Gratta is the best.

SMJ

January 4th, 2010
2:42 pm

NINO’S! Hands down. If you have actually eaten in Italy, you’ll know why.

Anne K

January 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

Chianti’s in Conyers. They’re the best. The owner is from Italy.

Kara

January 4th, 2010
2:48 pm

Pietra di Cucina.

By the way…This is the best of ATLANTA. Why do you people even suggest places in Duluth, Canton, Marietta, Lawrenceville, ect???? Also, the fact that chain restaurants are even mentioned lets me know how seriously to take take this.

Me

January 4th, 2010
2:49 pm

Fusco’s via Roma in Acworth, ask for Shannon’s table! Best of both worlds!

Dave

January 4th, 2010
2:50 pm

Il Localino in Inman Park. The best food, most attentive service, and disco music, to boot. We’ve been going there for years. There may be some fancier, but none better or more fun.

Aldo Cella

January 4th, 2010
2:51 pm

Antonino’s Italian Grotto in Cartersville !

Kristi

January 4th, 2010
2:55 pm

Chianti’s in Conyers is really good for true authentic Italian fare!

Carol

January 4th, 2010
2:55 pm

Without a doubt – Provino’s!

Gary

January 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

Scalini’s in Smyrna simply the Best Red Gravy around! Provinos is an off shoot of Scalinis and their Menus are identical but Scalinis is definitely the Best!!

mmmmmm

January 4th, 2010
2:59 pm

sammiamm

January 4th, 2010
3:01 pm

pietra cucina or sotto sotto

Marcia Morrow

January 4th, 2010
3:04 pm

Baci’s Italian in Fayetteville, GA is the best!!!!

BobStevens

January 4th, 2010
3:04 pm

The Mad Italian restaurant on Savoy Road in Dunwoody has the absolute best Italian food in Atlanta. Cuisines there have been strong for over 20 years there and absolutely the best Italian food you’ll ever taste

LG Tom

January 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

La Pietra Cucina..anybody who suggests Nino or Alfredo’s should be banned from entering Pietra Cucina.

JET

January 4th, 2010
3:07 pm

Marchello’s in Suwannee is just a little bit of Italy! Bellisimo!!!

Sandy in Tucker

January 4th, 2010
3:08 pm

Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge for sure. BiBa’s in Lawrenceville and Bambinelli’s in Tucker are also terrific.

Aosta

January 4th, 2010
3:12 pm

Ganners

January 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

Sotto Sotto is #1 for sure. Handmade pasta. Sauces that are true Italian and interesting food round out the menu of creative entrees. All from scratch. The gnocchi is to die for–they are little pillows of pure heaven.

Close second is Provino’s / Scallini’s (Same place, different name at different locations). Killer salad and rolls. The entrees are great too! I love their cannollies.

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.

Debbie

January 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Provino’s in Kennesaw

Melanie

January 5th, 2010
10:24 am

Bambinelli’s on Northlake Parkway, Atlanta. This small, family-owned restaurant consistently serves delectable, satisfying Italian. Owner Bonnie Bambinelli nearly always in the house to ensure huge portions and wonderful hospitality. Recommended for families and anyone seeking “the real deal” in Italian cuisine.

Westside Resident

January 5th, 2010
10:39 am

I will gladly drive across town to Cheshire Bridge to enjoy Alfredo’s! The “Godfather” is a fantastic sampling of veal dishes and I always feel like I’m in an authentic Italian place. I also think Pricci is great for an entirely different atmosphere. For a quick meal before a movie or concert, sitting at the bar and enjoying tuna carpacio and a flat bread pizza is hard to beat.

ATLFoodie

January 5th, 2010
10:40 am

I love pricci! everything is so fresh there and the regional menus they have been doing lately are so fun!

rdsgirl

January 5th, 2010
10:40 am

Provino’s. No one can touch them for food and service. In 30+ years I’ve never had a bad meal or poor service there.

JLC

January 5th, 2010
10:44 am

It’s a no-brainer..any Ippolitos

Charlie S

January 5th, 2010
10:47 am

A little known place called Casa Nuevo on Highway 9. Consistently excellent and reasonable prices.
Also, this article would not be complete without paying respects to Arbrucci, closed for years now, but absolutely splendid. Greetings Nico!

CW

January 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Hands down the BEST Pizza in the state of Georgia is at a hole in the wall called “Pies On” in Fayetteville. I never would have believed it until I ate there. I dont care where you live in this city. You have to go to Fayetteville for the best Pizza.

Cyndy

January 5th, 2010
10:58 am

Luciano’s in Alpharetta!!!

J

January 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Luciano’s Sugarloaf.
Best Italian food, best service and best prices in a great beautiful setting.

Luigi

January 5th, 2010
10:59 am

MY HOUSE and that is not the name of a restaurant.

Vivian

January 5th, 2010
11:00 am

Chianti’s in Conyers. The closest you will get to actually eating in Italy.

Furloughed

January 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Maggiano’s in Buckhead

Merideth Ray

January 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Sotto Sotto in Inman Park and Amalfi in Roswell

waters38

January 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Frankie’s Canton Rd.; we’ve been going there for years and have never had a bad meal.
Ippolito’s has great rolls; but their food is aweful.
Maggiano’s couldn’t be that bad; its packed every time I go into one Perimeter/Cumberland/Buckhead)

Egger

January 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Sotto Sotto or Veni Vidi Vici.

Debbie in Lawrenceville

January 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Bi Ba’s in Lawrenceville at 316 and Sugarloaf. THE best …

Mangiamo

January 5th, 2010
11:10 am

Montecalvo’s in Marietta makes wonderful, wonderful chicken cutlet Parmesan. Mmmm. Buonissimo!

Caren Thornton

January 5th, 2010
11:10 am

Cardamuro’s in Sugar Hill.

Norvee Michelle

January 5th, 2010
11:11 am

Alfredo’s!!

Dink

January 5th, 2010
11:15 am

Dominick’s in Old Norcross. A great meal everytime!

Nannytayl

January 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Mama Maria’s in Covington across from Nagoya. Owner & Chef is Italian – food is fabulous. What is up with everyone saying a CHAIN restaurant is tops??? Having lived in Atlanta for a long time, Nino’s, Alfredo’s, and La Grotta will always make me smile.

EM

January 5th, 2010
11:17 am

Luciano’s in Johns Creek & Duluth. Awesome everything!

CB

January 5th, 2010
11:22 am

It’s a tie for best Italian in Atlanta… La Tavola and Sotto Sotto. Nothing else compares.

Lived All Over

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

I’ve lived all over Atlanta in the last five years, in and outside the perimeter. Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb, and I have an Italian grandmother. The best?

1. Dominicks in Norcross (Great casual family style)
2. Veni Vedi Vici (Authentic, upscale)
3. Pizzeria Fortunato in Smyrna (Best pizza anywhere south of Staten Island)

pogirl

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Pasta Bella in Austell. Huge portions and the best in a 100 mile radius!

GarlicRoll

January 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Provino’s Italian Restaurant. Period. Hands down. Select ingredients, great flavor, perfect atmosphere, hand-picked servers.
http://www.provinos.com/

Ask for Steve in Kennesaw. Best salad and rolls on the planet. Get the cheesecake for desert. Go for the birthday special. They are so good they had to open up for lunch at 11:30 daily. I dropped by during Christmas shopping and found a line waiting for them to open.

Trailer Trash

January 5th, 2010
11:29 am

Chef Boy -R-Dee’s

Marco

January 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Kara….We put an end to the Atlanta is Atlanta and nothing else should be considered. Marietta, etc is in fact considered Metro Atlanta and the metro area pumps more money into the city than you understand. Please stop the snobby attitude and get over yourself. And yes I live in the city of Atlanta.

And until you have sat down at the table on an Italian grandmother, you fools have no idea what good italian food is. There are some good Italian restaurants in town but nothing spectacular.

MJM

January 5th, 2010
11:32 am

McNamara’s in Mayo.

John

January 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Lucia’s – the best food ever !

Giovanni Paulo

January 5th, 2010
11:37 am

Modern: Pasta da Pulcinella on Peachtree Walk in Midtown. Traditional: Bambinelli’s in Tucker. Pizza: Baraonda near the Fox.

Scott

January 5th, 2010
11:38 am

Frankie’s — the one on Canton Rd. or the one on Roswell Rd. Doesn’t matter, they are both excellent.

Eve

January 5th, 2010
11:40 am

The Mad Italian restaurant by all means. They are on Savoy Road in Dunwoody. Calzones to die for and REAL Italian Hogies. The best!

Skipper

January 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Casanuova in Alpharetta. The owners established several of the finest Italian restaurants in Atlanta and are still working their magic near their farm where they raise much of what they serve. Plus you are treated like a member of the extended family by Maria and her staff.

me

January 5th, 2010
11:44 am

Provinos is no good at all!

me

January 5th, 2010
11:45 am

FRANKIE’S was good till the owner picked a fight with my wife. no class at all. Just make sure you don’t complain about your food or he’ll call ya fat. I’m not kidding.

fuggetaboutit

January 5th, 2010
11:47 am

CICI’S PIZZA BUFFET IS THE BEST!!! ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Mike

January 5th, 2010
11:49 am

I can’t believe I got to the end of the first page before seeing someone recommend La Grotta.

The problem, of course, is that it’s upscale and not that many people have actually eaten there.

That’s a general criticism I have of these “Best Of” surveys – if you vote for the best place you’ve actually been to, then you get Olive Garden as the runaway winner. But if you vote for the best place you’ve heard of, then there’s a chance it will go to a place that’s past its prime.

(I used to love Camille’s in Va-Hi, but my last experience there was AWFUL. Maybe they were trying to scare away the customers in anticipation of closing down?)

Matt

January 5th, 2010
11:49 am

#1 – Frankie’s in East Cobb off of 120.

#2 – Ippolitos in Alpharetta

Charlie from Pine Lake

January 5th, 2010
11:49 am

Bambinelli’s in North Lake.

Mike

January 5th, 2010
11:50 am

Hey, Trailer Trash, Chef Boiardi (Boy-ar-Dee) was the chef at the Plaza for years. Which I guess makes him better than Joel Antunes, who was only there a few months…

Lee

January 5th, 2010
11:52 am

Cuzzin Vinnie

January 5th, 2010
11:52 am

My house, my kitchen, you buncha freakin goomba’s. You look at me – I’ll kill ya! You come around my house – I’ll kill ya. You call me Francis – I’ll kill ya!

Reddy430

January 5th, 2010
11:53 am

Chianti’s Italian Restaurant off of Highway 138 in Conyers. The food is nothing less than DELICIOUS!!!! Everything is homemade.

I dare you to try this restuarant and stay on a strict diet.

Cuzzin Vinnie

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

Is Abruzzi still open on Peachthree? I think it was in Peachtree Battle.

GAPeach

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

Amalfi in Roswell. I don’t go to Italian restaurants for the rolls and salad. They make great appetizers, pastas, seafood, and veal. Don’t leave without trying the ricotta cheesecake. Worth every calorie.

Tony

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

My top three 1. Alfredo’s, 2. Pricci, 3. Veni, Vidi, Vici
Real Italian real service!

I am whatever you say I am

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

La Famiglia Ristorante

Mikey

January 5th, 2010
11:55 am

Giorgio’s in Cumming

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.

Jeff

January 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

“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).”

“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.”

At one point in time, Provino’s was not a chain but a single restaurant on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain. I started eating there when I was about 4 or 5 and it was not a chain. If a restaurant is good enough to become successful over the years and becomes a “chain”, that’s not a discredit but rather a testament that for over 30 years people have been enjoying their food enough to open more restaurants. A big corporate chain is not the same as a small locally owned restaurant becoming successful. Just like the Mellow Mushroom used to have one small restaurant near GT and now has restaurants all over the southeast. It’s because it’s good.

Love me some Figo

January 5th, 2010
1:56 pm

I’m shocked by all the chain restaurants…Figo Pasta is by far the best and freshest.

J

January 5th, 2010
1:57 pm

Lucia’s in Roswell. Homemade Ravioli after the pear and walnut salad and herb butter on hot fresh bread. Mmmmm. I’m hungry.

Ricky Lee

January 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Franco’s on corner of Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge.

The Arrabiata is to die for.

mission man

January 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Canton? Acworth? Sugarloaf? Why not list restaurants in Chattanooga and Greenville. I realize people use “Atlanta” interchangeably with the suburbs, but let’s try to keep within a roundtrip dinner drive from Atlanta.

mission man

January 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

Doesn’t Figo have like 4 or 5 locations? What is the cutoff for “chain restaurants?”

KMM

January 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

Bambellini’s in Tucker? I have wanted to like it – a local, mom and pop Italian place. But the food is bland and overpriced, and frankly, the owner creeps me out. Stick to Aldo’s if you want Italian in Tucker.

mission man

January 5th, 2010
2:05 pm

It’s strange to me. Most of the suburbs have their best of guides: Best of Gwinnett, Best of Cherokee, Best of Alpharetta, etc… It would seem rather absurd to nominate Alfredos for Best of Alpharetta, but people have no problem nominating some corporate, chain restaurant on Winward Parkway for Best of Atlanta.

george

January 5th, 2010
2:08 pm

Pricci…………….. For the last decade and then some, the top Italian in the city!!!!!

Mr. H

January 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

In no way ever eat at Aldo’s. See my comments on page 1 of this for a better explanation but when the owner flat out tells you he is defrauding you and then gets in your wife’s face about it, you don’t deserve to have your doors open to the public.

This is straight off their menu:
“Stuffed Mushrooms Mushroom caps stuffed with crabmeat stuffing topped with mozzarella, baked. 6.95″

Notice that it says “crabmeat”. There is no crab in this dish and the owner admitted it saying that real crab was too expensive and instead puts imitation crab in this dish without disclosing taking advantage of customers and then refusing to take it off my bill once confronted with it.

I ordered a grouper special and got a little dry tough piece tilapia for almost $20 as well.

STAY VERY VERY VERY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!! Don’t believe me, go order the stuffed mushrooms and then ask the owner once you have them on the table if it’s real crab meat that you’re eating.

Mama Mia

January 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

Di Gusto’s in Kennesaw – They have the most incredible mussels and their lasagna is awesome!

Rodney

January 5th, 2010
2:11 pm

Il Localino – special place – Alfredo’s and Nino’s are both very good. La Grotta for a change (and to SPEND some change). All are favorites of mine.

TonyT

January 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge, easily.

TonyT

January 5th, 2010
2:16 pm

Good call, Rodney- forgot about Il Localino. That place is pretty good.

I still say ALFREDO’S.

JS

January 5th, 2010
2:16 pm

Wow. I can’t believe that no one has said Di Paolo in Alpharetta/Roswell. Best Italian in North Fulton for sure…. I wouldn’t know about Atlanta because why drive downtown when you have better stuff around your house? The menu is even in Italian…good luck pronouncing anything. Creative, quality, fresh seasonal dishes, reasonably priced..not just spag and meatballs.

Did someone really say Feces Pizza? Ewwww…

linzo

January 5th, 2010
2:17 pm

Ecco was pretty awesome.

Steve

January 5th, 2010
2:18 pm

As someone who is part Italian, and grew up with authentic Italian food in the northeast, I would say that Sotto Sotto, Nino’s, Il Localina are some of my favorites.

the chains,well, you might was well call a can of Ragu authentic spaghetti sauce.

Jonas

January 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

Olive Garden in Forsyth county is awesome. Unlimited bread basket and soup. If looking for something more casual (and less price), try the italian lunch buffet at Pizza Hut on exit 24. It’s all you can eat and tastes just like you’re in Italy.

Jim Lesser

January 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

The Maggianos in North Chattanooga is awesome.

Bob from Accounttemps

January 5th, 2010
2:26 pm

Jeff (1:54) – point taken, but as outlets increase in number, quality and individuality often suffer. Same could be said for Carraba’s too, right? Didn’t that start out with just one? “Best”, to me, implies authentic and of the highest quality. Not a “joint” or an American interpretation of Italian food. And, what Italian food? There’s southern, northern, Tuscan and variations on the same. Breading and frying a piece of veal, coating it with cheese and sauce may taste good at any number of places, but it’s not in the same league as Pricci, VVV, Sotto Sotto, Antico Posta, Baroanda and so on. You can get a good pizza at Johnny’s (and and it does taste good), but the pizza at Baroanda is certainly more authentic and, to me, more unique and delicious.

Nathan Moon

January 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Have lived in the Atlanta area for 7 years now and eaten a LOT of Italian, but it’s still hard to top Scalini’s/Provino’s for traditional Italian and Figo for a more modern spin. Scalini’s makes the most over the top pasta dish known to man, Spinach Tortellini Florentine. Definitely worth a try for those looking for something indulgent. Figo’s raviolis are to die for, and Sandro, who runs the place, is such a trip.

bl

January 5th, 2010
3:04 pm

I’ve been going to Alfredo’s since 1984 or so, and over the last several years it’s gone really downhill. Last time I went there, November 2009, the food was so bad I swore I’d never go back. Just gross.

Sotto Sotto and Veni, Vidi, Vici are the best. Sotto Sotto’s whole roasted fish with olive oil and lemon and VVV’s gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce are dishes I dream about.

Nathan

January 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

I’m beginning to think that AJC should have split this category up into fine Italian and “everyday” Italian (or Italian-American, if some prefer). There seems to be bit of a gulf here between those who favor pasta-based Italian at a casual price point and those preferring fine dining.

Nothing wrong with either, mind you, and both have their merits. But it does seem unfair to compete my favorite everyday spots like Scalini’s and Figo against established powerhouses like Sotto Sotto and Veni, Vidi, Vici, which are rightly recognized and respected.

SusieQue

January 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

Still love Sotto Sotto

Joyce Ann

January 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

Luciano’s in Alpharetta. Wonderful food & always great service.

koko

January 5th, 2010
4:43 pm

La Tavola in the Va. Highlands

Jan Thompson

January 5th, 2010
5:00 pm

La Strada on Johnson Ferry Road/East Cobb

Best marinara sauce and crusty Italian Bread. Owned by former Pricci chef.

'SallyB

January 5th, 2010
5:03 pm

Alfredo’s…Old time restaurant…..old time Italian ambience…Be sure to ask for TONY….The all time best SUPER WAITER!!!!!

'SallyB

January 5th, 2010
5:06 pm

OH…NINO’S, too. ….

'SallyB

January 5th, 2010
5:11 pm

OOPS! Forgot La Grotta!! Fabulous…every time !!!

Bob from Accounttemps

January 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

Nathan (3:31pm): Best is best and no distinction should be made on price or style. That said, in a city that rates Einstein’s as having the best bagels and Moe’s as having the best Mexican, I’m not surprised at the posts here. Folks need to get out more and take advantage of what this metro area now has to offer. I don’t ding these establishments for being chains, I ding them for having simply average food.

Lynn

January 5th, 2010
5:33 pm

My very italian husband (from New York), absolutely LOVES Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge Rd. – It’s a hidden treasure! We love it’s wonderful food and atmosphere. Every time we’ve been there it’s been packed, whether weekends or weeknights. We’ve tried Maggiano’s, Provino’s, Olive Garden, Carraba’s and many others. Alfredo’s RULES!

Matthew

January 5th, 2010
5:33 pm

Ippolito’s…… the best rolls EVER…put those little puff ball rolls from Provino’s to shame

TheHill

January 5th, 2010
5:59 pm

We’ve been here for 12 years; we came from St. Louis where they have “The Hill” – an Italian community with tons of little Italian family restaurants. There are no restaurants in Atlanta like that that we have found yet. Provino’s is where we go when we’re desperate for pasta – it’s not that great, but it’s not bad and it’s close. Veni Vidi Vici is where we go when we have a gift card because it’s pricey – especially for pasta. Sotto Sotto has good food but the last time I was there it was loud and snobby. Dominick’s is good in both Norcross and Lawrenceville and is probably the closest to the type of atmosphere in an Italian family restaurant.
1) Veni Vidi Vici
2) Dominick’s
I’m sure there are lots of Italian restaurants we haven’t tried – Alfredo’s sounds interesting, so thanks for your input, everybody!

Gman

January 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

If u dont pick Alfredo’s, u don’t know where it is or have never been there – nothing else comes close for authentic Italian

Christina

January 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

Sugo and Casa Nuova

tom

January 5th, 2010
7:04 pm

“Capri Italian American Cafe” in Tucker

Ocee

January 5th, 2010
7:06 pm

Vengenzio’s in Woodstock. Nothing else is even close.

Pasta Fool

January 5th, 2010
7:14 pm

Sotto Sotto on Highland in Inman Park. Cozy, Charming, Great value and the best service.

82much

January 5th, 2010
7:15 pm

Chianti in Conyers is the best! Their tiramisu is better than any I’ve ever had in Italy or in NYC (and I’ve had plenty). Of course, it may be a shock to the AJC that there actually are restaurants outside the perimeter on the east side of town!

Hendu

January 5th, 2010
7:32 pm

Alfredo’s. All male staff. When is the last time a man messed anything up?

A

January 5th, 2010
7:36 pm

Sotto Sotto is by far the most authentic and La Pietra Cucina is by far the most creative. Both are tied for my personal #1 favorite.

Rectal Bleeding

January 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

Ippolito’s is a joke. They serve their wine in juice glasses. It’s crowded and noisy and most of the customers are obese.

I miss Cognitos that was on Piedmont Circle…..

Lorelei

January 5th, 2010
7:51 pm

Antica Postica! Amazing Tuscan restaurant: http://www.anticaposta.com/

P

January 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

Nino’s, Napoli’s, Ciao Bella, but my favorite was Dominicks in Rome….Italy

Michael

January 5th, 2010
7:53 pm

Alfredos on Cheshire Bridge

Dixie

January 5th, 2010
7:55 pm

Alfredo’s followed by Bambinelli’s! If you go to a chain for Italian you had might as well just open a jar of Ragu.

Justmy2cents

January 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Vincent’s or Di Gusto…I find all the ones adding the “I’m Italian, or my spouse is Italian” comments amusing…just because you may be Italian, doesn’t mean you have good taste :o )

Luciano

January 5th, 2010
8:23 pm

I’m originally from Buffalo, lot’s of Italians there, and my Brother In-Law is 1/4 Italian. If you want true Italiano style Italian food, it’s hard to beat the Ippolito’s in Snellville.

I Love Italian

January 5th, 2010
8:25 pm

Not sure if they are still there, but Capri that was over in the Norcross/Tucker area. Mom, Pop and the kids (specifically, I remember Joseph). They were AWESOME! Mama made the best tirimisu, and Pop the best cream of mushroom soup. Yummy!

julie

January 5th, 2010
8:25 pm

Buca di Beppo …… YUM

I Love Italian

January 5th, 2010
8:25 pm

Tom, are they still where they were back in the 90’s?

Chris

January 5th, 2010
8:30 pm

Ninos! I live in Tennessee now but I wish Ninos would open a branch office!

Christie

January 5th, 2010
9:01 pm

Veni Vidi Vici is hands down best restaurant in the Atl area!

Atlanta Native

January 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Antica Posta is to die for. Venezia in Brookhaven always pleases.

I love La Grotta, Antica Posta beats it.

Foodie

January 5th, 2010
9:41 pm

Pricci
Pasta Vino at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center
Sotto Sotto

KMP

January 5th, 2010
9:47 pm

#1 Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge
#2 Amalfi Ristorante In Roswell
#3 Baraonda on Peachtree Street

Mark Rafizaeh

January 5th, 2010
9:57 pm

Marchello’s in Buford, beat home made Italian food outside of New York city.

Italiano

January 5th, 2010
10:27 pm

The Olive Garden in douglasville–excellent lasagna!

Kat

January 5th, 2010
10:36 pm

Bambinelli’s – Great pizza, great everything!

ZingerKing

January 5th, 2010
10:36 pm

La Pietra Cucina. Authentic Italian cuisine. Forget the red sauce, pizza, calzones and other pedestrian Italian meals. This restaurant understands the marriage of fresh made pastas, authentic Italian meats (including salumi, sausage and prosciutto ), and fish dishes that speak of its Mediterranean origin. This is for the sophisticated palate that appreciates the nuances of real Italian faire. Mangia, Mangia.

Rachel Ewald

January 5th, 2010
10:38 pm

For the best Italian food you will ever experience, go to “Bella Italia” on 120 in Roswell/Marietta across from Coleman Road. Truly the best!

Leigh

January 5th, 2010
10:53 pm

Pepito

January 5th, 2010
10:58 pm

Nino’s on Cheshire Bridge.
Authenticity, longevity. And absolutely the best Tiramisu in town.

Marie

January 5th, 2010
11:04 pm

This is the best Italian food in Atlanta hands down! I love the eggplant dishes; chicken cristo, eggplant Parmigiana, and their fried combo is the best! See you there Buford, Ga yum, yum.

Hannah

January 5th, 2010
11:04 pm

Dominick’s, specifically in Lawrenceville. Yum.

Rick

January 5th, 2010
11:44 pm

Tuscany Italian Grille in Woodstock (off Towne Lake Parkway). Ive been to Italy, come from an Italian family and I can say that there are few that can compare and get as close to true Italian food as Tuscany can!

Nora

January 5th, 2010
11:54 pm

I’ve enjoyed meals at Veni Vidi Vici, Pricci, and Dominick’s; I still want to try Antico Posta and Baraonda. However, the best Italian I’ve had in Atlanta is at La Tavola.

Paul

January 6th, 2010
12:08 am

Feni’s for pizza, Lawrenceville, Piazzano’s in for Chicken Parm., Louie’s in Norcross, for the best sauce and meatballs…..

Mraudio

January 6th, 2010
12:15 am

Provinos is unedible……….Aldos in tucker is the best

Mraudio

January 6th, 2010
12:16 am

oh yeah…try the lasagna at BRIOs—–best.!!

Miss Terioso

January 6th, 2010
12:48 am

For old school Italian, Nino’s is the one and only.

Vinny Amafitano

January 6th, 2010
12:55 am

Frankies Canton Rd. Kennesaw Great food….outstanding prices…..worth a visit just for the house salad and garlic rolls……

Avery

January 6th, 2010
1:45 am

Dominick’s (either in Norcross or Lawrenceville)

Jerald

January 6th, 2010
5:18 am

Vini Vidi Vici in Atlanta
Dominick’s in Norcross

Tantor

January 6th, 2010
5:23 am

Sotto Sotto! Delicioso- EVERY dish outstanding and inventive!!!

WJK

January 6th, 2010
5:24 am

Provinos hands down.

Salad and rolls to die for!!!!

+ Oustanding service!

Dana

January 6th, 2010
5:35 am

Chianti’s in Conyers

love me some pasta

January 6th, 2010
7:42 am

BiBa’s on Sugarloaf in Lawrenceville!

CC

January 6th, 2010
8:14 am

marcie

January 6th, 2010
8:31 am

The worst experience we have ever had. The owner is confrontational when we ordered well over 100.00 of appetizer & entree, because, we asked for a wine sampling of two Pino Noirs, one of which we were purchasing by the bottle @ 60.00-75.00. In this economy and just plain common business sense, this restaurant will never make it in Buckhead. Awful service makes it no fun to eat!

LiLi

January 6th, 2010
8:41 am

Is that possible to have just one?
Southside…Serafinos
Atlanta…Fina (College Park)
Chain…Magiannos….
New chain…have not tried it here in Atlanta…but fantastic elsewhere…Bucca di beppo!

MC

January 6th, 2010
10:00 am

Depalma’s in Athens. The downtown location is the best. Sitting out on the sidewalk in the spring, no other feeling in the world.

KK

January 6th, 2010
10:14 am

Alfredo’s
Nino’s
La Tavola

Sad to say Abruzzi’s closed several years ago!

Joyce

January 6th, 2010
1:27 pm

Oscar’s Villa Capri hands down! Oscar makes the BEST sauces. A fabulous “neighborhood” hideaway.

Matt

January 6th, 2010
1:43 pm

La Grotta on Peachtree, followed by Sotto Sotto and Pricci. For the Tucker folks, it’s hard to be Bambinelli’s.

Toby Miller

January 6th, 2010
1:51 pm

La Famiglia on the Square in Marietta.

Scalinis on Cobb Parkway.

Lovette

January 6th, 2010
2:13 pm

Fusco’s via Roma in downtown Acworth hands down!! Very authentic Italian great wine list and OUSTANDING service!

Ladydarkseid

January 6th, 2010
2:42 pm

Pasta Bella in Austell, GA. If you ever went to Marietta Diner in Marietta, GA then you know how the food is. This is one of THE BEST IN ATLANTA, Prices are great and you get plenty and I mean plenty of food. Try it!!

Holly

January 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Altobelli’s in Alpharetta.

Janet

January 6th, 2010
3:44 pm

Vincent’s in Marietta & Antico Pizza Napoletana on Hemphill (Atlanta) for Italian pizza.

alan

January 6th, 2010
3:53 pm

I agree that Camilles in Va. Highlands was the best yrs ago. Rockys for pizza too. Currently I like Vincents in Marietta on Barrett Pkwy as my favorite. But nothing beats Stellas in Brooklyn.

Rich

January 6th, 2010
4:16 pm

Provinos – Great food for a fair price. Been going there for decades.

Rita

January 6th, 2010
4:16 pm

Il Localio!

Yummy! Abslolutely YUMMY!

Paul

January 6th, 2010
4:27 pm

Capo’s in Acworth.

Phil

January 6th, 2010
4:35 pm

il Mulino while expensive is excellent. This is not to be confused with red sauce establishments.

droopydawg

January 6th, 2010
4:35 pm

man, the people who vote for things on these sites have a strong preference for s****y food in the suburbs. How about La Tavola in VA-Highland, Sotto Sotto, LaGrotta, and Pasta di Puchinella in Atlanta. I’m sure there is some great Italian food in Ackworth and Dalton *snicker* but let’s get real.

droopydawg

January 6th, 2010
4:36 pm

forgot Pricci

Lucca

January 6th, 2010
4:40 pm

Pricci and Veni Vidi Vici

Southern by the grace of god

January 6th, 2010
4:42 pm

Duh…everyone knows its Olive Garden

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

wrw2

January 7th, 2010
5:06 pm

Villa Christina – shh, don’t tell anyone

123

January 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

Ippolito’s, Mad Italian, and Dagwood’s

123

January 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

& Scalini’s

OTP

January 7th, 2010
7:52 pm

Pricci for ITP
and Vingenzo’s of Woodstock for WAY OTP

kia.

January 7th, 2010
9:33 pm

Marchello’s in Buford. The food and salad unblieveable

trattoria 141

January 8th, 2010
8:01 am

trattoria 141 is an incredible restaurant hidden in Johns Creek incredible real italian food the best service, very romantic candlelit tables. The best italian food I have ever had and a great dining experience

caponata

January 8th, 2010
8:40 am

La Pietra followed by Sotto

Robert

January 8th, 2010
9:23 am

In town – Figo on Collier

OTP- Vingenzo’s in Woodstock.

Both have food for grown ups. Well prepared and consistant. No endless feeding at the hog trough of garlic rolls (there’s a reason they have sturdier chairs at Provino’s, Scalini’s, et al – just look at the average weight of the customer at those places) at either one of these places. Just fresh ingredients and reasonable prices.

kurt and katrina

January 8th, 2010
10:00 am

Lot of places with great food, but La Tavola for the combo of food, wine, and service.

Sasha

January 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Cardamuro’s Italian Cafe in Sugar Hill, GA. BEST Italian food EVER! Make the trip to Sugar Hill for it. My favorite is their pizza and eggplant parm.

Andy

January 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Ippolito’s is the best “home-cooked” italian in my book. Vini, Vidi. Vici is probably a close second in overall italian food though.

Andy

January 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

And the worst is Sugo! I got sick last time I went there.

GK

January 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

Another vote for Fusco’s via Roma. Another family favorite is Frankie’s on Canton Rd in Marietta.

Anything but Veni Vedi Vici! Average overpriced food and the worst service I’ve ever had. Never again.

No Brainer

January 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

Figo! Figo! Figo!

Pizza the Hut

January 8th, 2010
2:58 pm

Has to be Pizza Hut. Didn’t they fool a bunch of diners in high-end Italian restaurants not long ago with their pasta dish?

kt

January 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

South side

January 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

Pasta Max in McDonough

Bernie

January 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

Buckhead La Grotta.

Katerina

January 9th, 2010
4:13 pm

Antica Posta. Fantastic food and service.

Stu

January 9th, 2010
5:18 pm

Dominic’s in Downtown Norcross.

Stu

January 9th, 2010
5:21 pm

And Brooklyn East, as Lewis always said, “Delta is ready when you are”.

b

January 9th, 2010
5:30 pm

la grotta: Every dish is great…and it has the best service of any restaurant I’ve been to in Atlanta by far. The one we go to is in Buckhead.

Lana

January 9th, 2010
6:24 pm

Alessandro’s Italian Cafe- Bells Ferry Rd. Canton, GA YUMMY!!!!!

Maureen King

January 9th, 2010
8:51 pm

Capri Restaurant in Tucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DELISH!!!!
FAMILY OWNED …………..MUST TRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

marie

January 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

get real…ipp’s is all about it…food,family and making you part
of it!

tomflo08

January 9th, 2010
11:56 pm

Can’t believe all the Provino,s I’m seeing!! Obviously folks don’t know what real Italian is. La Grotta in Buckhead is absolutely the best palce for Italian. The staff and service is very Italian-warm, friendly, doesn’t matter if you’ve been there one time or one hundred. And the food is as authentic as it comes. And, oh yeah, I’m 100% Italian and find it hard to do Italian out unless it is the real deal. I took my Mom there after I retired for my party and she was floored. That, my friends, is the seal of approval!

Jenny

January 10th, 2010
11:12 am

Casa Nuova Italian Restaurant- Best Italitan ever! Always a great meal and wonderful customer service! 5670 Atlanta Hwy, Suite 1, Alpharetta, 30004, 770-475-9100

Shermanator

January 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’d have to go with Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge too. Dark and semi-rude staff but it actually adds to the ambiance! FANTASTIC restaurant.

Bill

January 10th, 2010
1:42 pm

Oscars Villa Capri in Dunwoody is by far the Best! Only New York Restaurant in Atlanta

Patsy

January 10th, 2010
3:26 pm

Figurelli’s been to Italy two whole times, so he knows the real thing? Wow, I’m impressed! I also come from an Italian family up north and cook my own pasta and sauce. I’ve been to Italy about two dozen times, I speak the language, and I’ve broken bread with about four dozen Italian relatives. I can assure you Figurelli, regarding Il Localino, you don’t know the real thing.

VigoMox

January 10th, 2010
6:09 pm

Move over…Atlanta has no good Italian places. Basically, the restaurant scene here sucks. Sotto Sotto used to be decent, but their menu has remained the same for years. Where is the seasonal/ daily produce factor coming in.

Chefs, Go to San Francisco for a stint at Delfina, A 16, NOPA , Baretta etc

Marcia

January 10th, 2010
9:42 pm

I thought this was the best of ATLANTA.

Lisa Leigh

January 10th, 2010
9:53 pm

gregg

January 11th, 2010
7:43 am

baminellis near Northlake. the best neighborhood place too