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Best Italian restaurant

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1. Il Localino
You say, “It’s a tough call, but if I look at the place that makes me consistently happy – I’m leaving with a smile and a memory or two – it HAS to be Il Localino in Inman Park. Really good food – it’s not inventive star-chef nuevo-Italian cuisine, it’s the traditional favorites with a dash of inspiration, great ingredients and technical flair – a fun atmosphere, and AMAZING service. The ‘Italian family’ part is totally true – I can’t think of another restaurant I’ve been to where I’ve gotten hugs on the way out. Il Localino is an *experience* far beyond the ken of really just about any other restaurant in town. So, the choice (for me) is easy: Il Localino is Atlanta’s best Italian restaurant.”

2. Sotto Sotto
3. La Grotta
4. di Paolo
5. Pricci
6. La Tavola

dine.0822Sotto Sotto’s Risotto al Funghi (Carnaroli rice, wild mushrooms and Parmigiano Reggiano) is one of many warm, inviting dishes at our choice for best Italian resataurant in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. Sotto Sotto
Chief Dining Critic John Kessler says, “The kitchen remains so remarkably consistent. I know the bufula mozzarella with roasted peppers, anchovies and capers will give me that ‘hello, old friend’ feeling every time because the mozzarella will be milk-oozy fresh and just cold enough to soften on the tongue. That seafood risotto — lush with tender shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels — finds a place in my heart every time. The Italian wine list remains terrific, and the staff really knows where to steer you, whether you need a glass or a bottle. Yeah, it’s a little loud. Even after owner Riccardo Ullio installed sound-absorption panels however many years ago. But you know what? This is a restaurant worth shouting about.”

2. Vingenzo’s
3. Antico Pizza Napoletana
4. Varasano’s
5. No. 246

137 comments Add your comment


June 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

Though it is a relative new-comer, No. 246 is my absolute favorite Italian restaurant in town!


June 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

1 Sotto Sotto.

2 Ecco

3 La Pietra Cucina


June 18th, 2012
1:42 pm


June 18th, 2012
1:48 pm


June 18th, 2012
2:34 pm

There are sooooo many good restaurants in this town, but hands down LaGrotta has my vote!!!!


June 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge

M Long

June 18th, 2012
2:43 pm


June 18th, 2012
2:44 pm

I agree… Pricci!!


June 18th, 2012
2:51 pm

Another newcomer that is absolutely WONDERFUL!! Campagnolo has my vote! Chef Chance is innovative yet traditional. Quite a treat!


June 18th, 2012
2:57 pm


June 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

I think the subtleness and nuance of flavors at the local Olive Garden just can’t be beat!


June 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

Chester, joke, right?

I love Brio in Buckhead – wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food, and really attentive service. (Perimeter location not so great). I love to go to Brio for my birthday lunch with friends every December – a very warm and welcoming restaurant.


June 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

Nothing beats Pizza Hut.


June 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

Cucina Asellina on Peachtree is incredible! If you haven’t been yet you are missing out.

Best Cheap Italian

June 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

Pui Bello – Piedmont Rd.


June 18th, 2012
4:14 pm


Fr. Guido Sarducci

June 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

LaGrotta is far and above anything in the area. Tradtional menu, always well prepared, exceptional service. (and so close to church)


June 18th, 2012
4:55 pm

Pasta Vino – Buckhead (eggplant parm)

johnny fontane

June 18th, 2012
4:55 pm

LaGrotta. Hands down.

(Had to do it)


June 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

Campagnolo in Midtown has excellent food, staff and ambiance.


June 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

Cibo e Beve! Wow!


June 18th, 2012
5:28 pm

Ray From NY

June 18th, 2012
6:23 pm

Tuscany Italian Restaurant in Woodstock is very good and consistant. Very comfortable with some nice views of Towne Lake, if thats possible. Owner is on top of every meal. I have friends in NY that still talk about the food. Tour of Italy selection is a big hit, decent wine and good service in the bar area each time I have visited.


June 18th, 2012
6:31 pm

Pricci, Alfredo’s, Vingenzo’s. But the BEST was Montecalvo’s in Marietta. Gone after 30 years in the biz.


June 18th, 2012
6:46 pm

Zola was a favorite until they moved, now their food is below standard IMO. New chef, not sure but we won’t be back! The owner/chef? came out and spoke to the couple next to us but ignored us and we were regulars at the old location! Ipplitos is still good for homestyle.


June 18th, 2012
8:46 pm


June 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

Sotto Sotto and La Tavola are 1 and 1A. Nino’s on Chesire Brigde isn’t half bad if you want NYC style Italian.


June 18th, 2012
11:24 pm

La Grotta and Sotto Sotto are my picks. LaGrotta has great food and the best service in Atlanta. I think the food at Sotto Sotto is better overall, but the experience is better at La Grotta.


June 18th, 2012
11:26 pm

Casa Nuova in Alpharetta.


June 19th, 2012
12:53 am

Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough Ga.


June 19th, 2012
4:59 am

Gotta be Pricci, in a photo finish between it and No. 246. Both are truly worthy. Pricci gets the nod because of its longevity (not easy maintaining a high standard for 20 years), although I still wish the wine list was better and free of the insane BLRG markups. Chef Piero at Pricci is top notch. No. 246 is so fresh and approachable, it has rapidly become one of my favorites.

Someone above mentioned Pasto Vino. Really great neighborhood place.


June 19th, 2012
5:55 am

If you haven’t been to Nino’s, you haven’t experienced the best! Case closed.


June 19th, 2012
6:31 am

Chip………I agree. LaGrotta is #1 but there are 3 or 4 more that are right there with them. It appears to be a photo finsh with the consumer being the winner


June 19th, 2012
7:09 am

Casa Nuova in Alpharetta is unbelievable. They have their own 7 acre farm where they grown all their own produce. Great wine prices and the service is by far the best I’ve had in town. Well worth the drive if you live ITP.


June 19th, 2012
7:54 am

sotto sotto definitely

Not Alton Brown

June 19th, 2012
8:04 am

Pasta Vino food is average at best and the owner /staff are less than welcoming

Sotto Sotto is best in ATL


June 19th, 2012
8:15 am


June 19th, 2012
9:06 am


June 19th, 2012
10:28 am

Sotto Sotto, hands down!


June 19th, 2012
10:28 am

Sotto Sotto! the best Italian in Atlanta!!!


June 19th, 2012
10:38 am

Sotto Sotto….long live Tortelli di Michelangelo and Pappardelle al Sugo d’Anatra!


June 19th, 2012
10:51 am

Sotto Sotto is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta, so it’s definitely the best Italian restaurant.


June 19th, 2012
11:16 am

STG Trattoria is the best for pizza!


June 19th, 2012
11:16 am

Sotto Sotto and No 246.


June 19th, 2012
11:35 am

As a 1/2 Italian, 1/2 sicilian, I would say Il Localino in Inman Park is the best, for food and atmosphere (just watch how Giovanni charges you!) and Antica Posta is the 2nd best. Sotto Sotto is garbage as is Pricci. It’s Italian for people who dont know Italian.


June 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

La Pietra Cucina is phenomenal every time- a personal #1.
Sotto sotto is # 2


June 19th, 2012
1:26 pm

I thought Ecco was more of a drinking place with some good appz. If you want good Italian anywhere south of NY, you have to go to Mama Luigi’s in S.C. for the stromboli. Also it is not on the menu but she’ll chicken fry it if you ask. Sotto Sotto is so so you know. The ravioli at Magganos is my favorite though hand down. It reminds me of my daughter and i cry when I eat it thinking of her. She was so young. Too young.


June 19th, 2012
1:47 pm

What about Chucky Cheese!! There mozzerella Sticks are to Die for, and the homeade pizza from Chef SISCO is extra PRIMO. I love it when the four Chefs come on stage and perform every 15 minutes or so. Make sure you get the special table next to the ball pit. The aroma will leave you wanting to come back again and again.


June 19th, 2012
2:11 pm

Nino’s, all the way.


June 19th, 2012
2:14 pm

Also agree with Hardlyeverposts, Il Localino is delicious and has such a fun atmosphere.