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

illocalino_photo04Photo: Michelle Bentley

YOUR PICKS
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

OUR PICKS
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

erin

June 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

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

MMMmmmm....Food!

June 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

1 Sotto Sotto.

2 Ecco

3 La Pietra Cucina

Skip

June 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

yummmmm

June 18th, 2012
1:48 pm

Sharon

June 18th, 2012
2:34 pm

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

SAWB

June 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

Alfredo’s on Cheshire Bridge

M Long

June 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Lauren

June 18th, 2012
2:44 pm

I agree… Pricci!!

Cindy

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!

Liza

June 18th, 2012
2:57 pm

Chester

June 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

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

cw

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.

Pete

June 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

Nothing beats Pizza Hut.

Nicole

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.

Julie

June 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

Bambinelli’s

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)

Toby

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)

Phillip

June 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

Campagnolo in Midtown has excellent food, staff and ambiance.

Carolyn

June 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

Cibo e Beve! Wow!

donkey200

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.

Bill

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.

Diego

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.

Me

June 18th, 2012
8:46 pm

JP

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.

Chip

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.

RC

June 18th, 2012
11:26 pm

Casa Nuova in Alpharetta.

Lisa

June 19th, 2012
12:53 am

Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough Ga.

Robert

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.

Rihard

June 19th, 2012
5:55 am

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

Baltisraul

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

mrb404

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.

mark

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

koko

June 19th, 2012
8:15 am

Mollie

June 19th, 2012
9:06 am

Joseph

June 19th, 2012
10:28 am

Sotto Sotto, hands down!

Marco

June 19th, 2012
10:28 am

Sotto Sotto! the best Italian in Atlanta!!!

brianatl76

June 19th, 2012
10:38 am

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

Amanda

June 19th, 2012
10:51 am

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

Sara

June 19th, 2012
11:16 am

STG Trattoria is the best for pizza!

Egger

June 19th, 2012
11:16 am

Sotto Sotto and No 246.

Hardlyeverposts

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.

FlygirlSkyworld

June 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

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

LakeMer

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.

johny

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.

Alison

June 19th, 2012
2:11 pm

Nino’s, all the way.

Alison

June 19th, 2012
2:14 pm

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

Ramsey

June 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

At my house!

(i hate myself for doing it)

Doug

June 19th, 2012
4:20 pm

Best Italian in Atlanta…di Paolo. No contest.

GaPeachy

June 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

Ok so Italian is my absolute favorite!!
For pizza Piu Bello is amazing and the crust is actually handmade. (Buckhead Kroger plaza)
Best Italian restaurant is Portifino hands down! I had the best Gnocchi i ever ate in my life there, they were liek little pillows, mmmm. (Buckhead, off West Paces Ferry)
2nd for me is Vini Vidi Vici (Midtown)

Baltisraul

June 19th, 2012
4:47 pm

johnny……Chuckie Cheese was a good suggestion, afraid it won’t get many votes. The dancing chef’s are good, nice call!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loren Campania

June 19th, 2012
4:52 pm

Absolutely di Paolo on Holcomb Bridge! Fantastically fresh and amazing wines.

Brenda

June 19th, 2012
4:57 pm

Without exception, diPaolo is the best. From the 4 cheese pizza to the fish and pasta dishes.

Tina

June 19th, 2012
5:46 pm

Di Paolo is the absolute best Italian in Atlanta. One of Atlanta’s best kept secrets until now. I have sent several friends to Di Paolo and everyone loves it just as much as we do!!! I highly recommend it!

Nikka

June 19th, 2012
5:50 pm

Favorite Italian restaurant, hands down is diPaolo on Holcomb Bridge. Consistently awesome, freshly prepared food, great wine list and service.

Marti Vogt

June 19th, 2012
6:07 pm

It is DiPaolo’s all the way. Great service, awesome food and desserts. The half portion idea is great for small eaters. Best buy for the buck! Top notch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JRL

June 19th, 2012
6:13 pm

Only the best for the best! di Paolo is consistently the best Italian around. There is absolutely no question.

LAB

June 19th, 2012
6:18 pm

di Paolo’s is the best par none!

Christie Fouts

June 19th, 2012
6:19 pm

BobS

June 19th, 2012
6:24 pm

DiPaolo has the best food and service in all around Atlanta. You can never go wrong.

SH

June 19th, 2012
7:03 pm

di Paolo in Alpharetta is a hidden gem. One of the best in town!

Bryan

June 19th, 2012
7:15 pm

Marci

June 19th, 2012
8:16 pm

Without a doubt – di Paolo!

SD

June 19th, 2012
8:55 pm

No question! The best Italian, certainly OTP (and possibly even ITP!) is di Paolo on Holcomb Bridge Road in the Roswell/Alpharetta area.

Matthew Pierce

June 19th, 2012
9:00 pm

GIOVANNI’S in Austell. I know, I didn’t think the best Italian food in the area would be in a small shopping center way west of Atlanta, but it is. Giovanni has been running the restaurant that bears his name for 5 years now in the same location. He is always there and will probably greet and seat you himself. Not only is the food authentic and delicious, but the service is great. They really try to impress every diner every time. You will not be disappointed.

Matt

June 19th, 2012
9:00 pm

No dispute. SOTTO SOTTO. Ricardo Ullio is the sine qua non of Italian cuisine in this city.

Harriette Hall

June 19th, 2012
9:01 pm

k

June 19th, 2012
9:09 pm

We have tried many. No. 246 and Sugo are our faves!

George

June 19th, 2012
9:31 pm

I lived in Europe for 12 years and ate my weight in Italian in several countries/big cities; i.e., northern Italy, Germany, London (England), Amsterdam (Netherlands), etc. Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough, GA gets my vote. Chef Doug Zitz is a wizard with seafood.

tony

June 19th, 2012
9:37 pm

A great new place, FIRENZE on peachtree parkway, great food,Andrea does original italian food with fresh ingredients.It`s worth a try!!!

Big Bob

June 19th, 2012
9:40 pm

Reggie Ball

June 19th, 2012
9:40 pm

Olive Garden, yo!

Irishwop

June 19th, 2012
9:40 pm

OTP fave’s…Caprese’s Hamilton Mill & I 85 , Napoli Flowery Branch Publix & Pizzeria Azzuri Browns Brdge & GA 400…

janet

June 19th, 2012
9:42 pm

The original Sugos in Roswell. Great service, atmosphere and delicious food.

Chuck

June 19th, 2012
9:46 pm

Get ya some stevi b’s pizza Buffett….slice of Italian heaven. Free refills too!

Leeroy

June 19th, 2012
9:53 pm

di Paolo

The first time I ate at di Paolo was with my parents when I was in my teens. It was a life changing experience. I never knew how good pasta could be. One of my formative culinary experiences. Still one of my top five meals ever.

Phar71

June 19th, 2012
10:04 pm

Have not been to Petra cucina since the chef left, but food there was my favorite.

M

June 19th, 2012
10:13 pm

Sotto Sotto is the only authentic Italian restaurant in town. All others are faux Italian or suburban NYC Italian.

techman874

June 19th, 2012
10:13 pm

I like Nino’s a lot.

Not a cynic or anything

June 19th, 2012
10:14 pm

Without a doubt, the employees at di Paolo are the best ballot stuffers

Christine

June 19th, 2012
10:24 pm

I think that the pasta’s are divine. Especially the free form duck lasagne when they have it.

Drew

June 19th, 2012
10:35 pm

Trattoria 141 and 246

Nick

June 19th, 2012
10:41 pm

If you haven’t made the drive to Di Paolo’s, you’re missing out.

Marco

June 19th, 2012
10:46 pm

Poor Atlanta. The Italian food here is basically horrific. Not enough Italians here to make a dent. What passes for good here is crappola in any other major city in the U.S. (and not some major cities).

Susan

June 19th, 2012
11:01 pm

For authentic coastal Italian…in a true family run place that tastes upscale but remains casual….try Amalfi’s in Roswell ( used to be Salvatorres Tratoriatil Sal’s nephews bought in). Named for the Amalfi coast where this family run place has it’s roots. Nothing pre made or bottled he…everything is so fresh! Try the calamari…the anti pasta, the swordfish special, the grouper, the lasagna, the veal saltambuca, the side of cabbage is amazing….the desserts are homemade by the great uncle…chef Anna runs the kitchen….you must try it out….

debbie

June 19th, 2012
11:10 pm

Di Paolo in alpharetta hands down. Worth the trip otp you won’t be disappointed

Mrs. D

June 19th, 2012
11:19 pm

Brio’s in Buckhead

Steve

June 20th, 2012
7:15 am

Hands down Di Paolo in Roswell is the best. Pricci,Sotto,Alfredos-they are all very good
but can’t match the innovative and tasty food served at this little gem off Holcomb Bridge!

Laura

June 20th, 2012
7:23 am

Charles McDowell Jr

June 20th, 2012
8:39 am

di Paolo’s Italian Ristaurant is the BEST. Year in year out, meal after meal the best food service and wine list.

Dyrwlf59

June 20th, 2012
8:47 am

I have dined at La Grotta, La Tavola (although it has been a few years), Sotto Sotto, Pricci and Alfredo’s and in my humble opinion, Di Paolo on Holcomb Bridge is the top choice in town. Their combination of seasonal, fresh ingredients prepared simply, yet executed to technical perfection is the essence of Italian cooking. They also have numerous Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and their service is always on point. Second place for me has to be Antica Posta in Buckhead on E. Paces Ferry–their grilled Octopus, Risotto and chicken-under-a-brick are spot on and remind me of restuarants I have visited in Tuscan villages like Bagni di Lucca and the Cinque Terra. Sorry, but anyone that nominates any chain restaurant (including BLRG) has simply not been exposed to real italian cooking–believe me, it ain’t always about the tomato sauce and spaghetti.

Dennis

June 20th, 2012
9:12 am

I’ve taken several people there and all rave about it. Outstanding taste sensations.

Pegi

June 20th, 2012
9:19 am

Di Paolo, of course!

Monica Ricci

June 20th, 2012
9:25 am

DiPaolo has been the best Italian in the city for years yet they continue to innovate and raise their own bar. Definitely worth a trip to the ‘burbs!

Giulio

June 20th, 2012
9:54 am

There is no decent Italian restaurant in this city. Take it from someone that was born and lived in Italy most of his life. Italian cuisine is regional and seasonal in nature. It is simple and is based on the greatness of locally grown products. And locally grown products are not the ones you decide to grow because you like them. Locally grown products are the ones that have grown naturally in those places for hundreds of years. I have dined at every italian restaurant in this city, including all the ones mentioned in these reviews like di Paolo (there is nothing Italian about it….come on chicken with pasta? Are you kidding me?), La Grotta (probably the best if I have to choose one) Sotto Sotto Pricci etc. It’s not that the chefs are not talented, but the flavor of the ingredients is just not there. And stop comparing your favorite place to some Tuscan village restaurant. There is no comparison. You either have no taste buds or have never truly tried food in an Italian village.

Do yourself a favor. Stick with the farm to table and southern fare. At least you have a chance.

Anne

June 20th, 2012
9:54 am

La Grotta!!!!

David

June 20th, 2012
11:35 am

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.

noel

June 20th, 2012
11:35 am

We spend all of our special occasions at il Localino. Amazing food, fantastic service, and fun atmosphere.

David

June 20th, 2012
11:56 am

Giulio, those are some valid points – and actually the same can be said for literally every ethnic restaurant in Atlanta (and everywhere). ALL cuisine is regional and seasonal – Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Greek – and so the challenge of the ethnic restaurant is to capture the essence of a cuisine while lacking the correct ingredients and within the strictures of a given menu. I mean, there is no such thing as “Japanese food”, for example, because a meal in Kyoto is completely different from a meal in Gifu, yet the category is invented as a “sampling” of a nation’s cuisine. The challenge of the Italian restaurant, to use the example relevant here, is to evoke the “sense” of Italian cuisine – the flavors, the sounds, the emotive quality – while lacking the precise authenticity of the food.

So there will always be a good reason to visit specific regions of Italy, but barring that, Italian food *can* still be enjoyed!

Starr

June 20th, 2012
12:17 pm

Il Localino has amazing food, fun atmosphere and wonderful owners! My family and I eat there regularly and my husband and I love to host business dinners there as well.

David

June 20th, 2012
1:49 pm

The problem with surveys like this is imprecise definition and lack of instructions – people wind up at cross-purposes ;)

The issue at hand is “favorite Italian restaurant”. For some, this is the best food; for others, service or atmosphere. Some (like myself) try to merge all the qualities into an overall experiential score of “favorite”. I think of a place with food I like, service I appreciate, a place I leave smiling, amused, and happy, and I think “Il Localino”. It’s my subjective favorite, so it’s not really subject to “come on!” style counter arguments.

If one genuinely dislikes all Italian restaurants in Atlanta, then one should simply not respond, or say “I have no favorite”. I actually DO have a favorite – a very subjective kind of opinion – and so I’ve stated it. A fairly simple, Socratic exercise!

Fr. Guido Sarducci

June 20th, 2012
2:28 pm

Well said David, (love your statue in Florence) I think a venue such as this is to stimulate intelligent converstaion about the subject and perhaps enlighten us to new restaurants as much as it is an attempt to crown a King/Queen of this or that. (Team Diapola excepted) Guilio makes a great point as to the advantages of local ingredients etc., but that is obviously difficult. I can’t imagine there is a joint in the old country that can make fried chicken, biscuits, and sawmill gravy like my mother. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a diner somewhere in Italy giving it a shot! Given the fact this is a blog about ‘local’ restaurants I can’t really see the relevance of his comments nor understand why he goes to so many restaurants he doesn’t like.

Mike

June 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

Giulio

June 20th, 2012
4:42 pm

Well Fr. Guido i go to try, because every now and then I do feel home sick and try to see if there is some restaurant that at least might give me a glimpse of home. Fine about the ingredients, but if you want to define yourself an Italian restaurant, at least try to put on your menu items that resemble the food in Italy and not some concoction that was formulated in the 20s by some italo mafioso.

When you have dates or your menu or some pasta with chicken how can you possibly even call yourself an Italian restaurants. Dates don’t grow in Italy and chicken will never be used to flavor a pasta sauce because it has no flavor. Don’t put a cheesecake on the menu and call it Italian because you substituted the sour cream with a cup of ricotta.

The tread is about your favorite Italian restaurant. Unfortunately there are very few that qualify. I have friends who are from Italy that work as chefs in some of the restaurant here mentioned and they will tell you that the food they cook as little to do with Italian food, but they will cook it because that is what they are asked to cook. While there are some ethnic restaurants in this city that at least come close to the original venue, Italian is not one of them.

The closest I have come to Italian food in Atlanta is a pizza at Antico, which is where I will go to get my fix when I home sick.

Daisy

June 20th, 2012
4:51 pm

My vote goes to Sugo or La Tavola, but Il Localino does have atmosphere. Veni Vidi Vici is also good, I would put it over Pricci in the Buckhead Life category.

Jim Foley

June 20th, 2012
10:53 pm

Hands down it is DiPaolos
Best food
Incredible wine
Outstanding service and hospitality

Gale Parker

June 21st, 2012
12:30 am

Il Localino … the Best italian Restaurant in the World!!!

Lynne

June 21st, 2012
5:57 am

Giovanni;s in Austell!!! Direct from ROma (via Boston)
This is from a NY Italian girl

KK

June 21st, 2012
11:07 am

Pricci and No. 246

Dan

June 21st, 2012
11:23 am

Sotto Sotto. If you disagree, then you haven’t been there.

Jen

June 21st, 2012
11:44 am

Sotto Sotto. Innovative Italian, one of Atlanta’s best restaurants, period- you remember this food after you leave.

Lacey Outten

June 21st, 2012
11:45 am

Sotto Sotto without a doubt.

AHarris

June 21st, 2012
12:43 pm

Matthew

June 21st, 2012
1:25 pm

Sotto Sotto! Handmade pasta and wood oven! Best wine list in the city!

Tim

June 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

Il Loco Lino in Inman Park

VA

June 21st, 2012
2:36 pm

CS

June 21st, 2012
6:06 pm

Brio is consistently good at affordable prices. Great, quick business lunch too!

Debbie

June 21st, 2012
9:08 pm

Nikka

June 21st, 2012
11:18 pm

I do not and never have worked at diPaolo, but would work there for free if I could dine daily on the fresh cheese, produce and seasonal meats. I only tell a few friends about diPaolo… because I worry about being able to get a table sometimes!

Mark in the City of Decatur

June 22nd, 2012
2:12 am

No. 246 in the City of Decatur on Ponce de Leon – smack dab right next door to another awesome restaurant – Cafe Alsace.

I can’t help it if I live in the City of Decatur. I’ve been based out of here for 30+ years and had NO idea that my little burg was destined to be such a wonderful area to eat all manner of fine cuisine.

However, I still can’t afford to eat out every night in the Decatur Square. I’d be *so* fat if I could. :)

Maria Torres-Ruiz

June 22nd, 2012
5:22 am

The BEST …. in Atlanta…

HW

June 22nd, 2012
5:24 pm

Valenza is very nice. Great food. Great atmosphere and location.

Christine

June 23rd, 2012
5:22 am

It is hard to beat di Paolo. Everything is so fresh!

James

June 23rd, 2012
9:26 am

Vingenzo’s in Woodstock, and it’s not even close.

Linda

June 23rd, 2012
10:44 am

Until you’ve eaten at DiPaolo you haven’t had the best of the best Northern Italian Food, there are Italian Restaurants but serving regular Italian food and they are good but if you want Northern Italian you must eat at DiPaolo, the best food and wine and the staff is great. The experience is wonderful and everything is made right there including all the breads, deserts and pasta. It’s a must to try.

arturo

June 23rd, 2012
4:17 pm

I have never posted on one of these silly things, but was compelled to do so after reading the pathetic ballot stuffing by DiPaolo’s…at one time DiPaolo’s was quite good, but alas, (and I live close and wish it were otherwise) that was years ago, and my opinion is that DiPaolo’s is quite mediocre (at best) with poor service and unimaginative and poorly executed overpriced food. For good Italian it really is hard to beat Pricci, with Bambinelli’s a good example of “new jersey style red gravy” heavy (but wholesome) food.

Tara Cespites

June 23rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Listen hands down Di Paolo In Ga is the top notch place to go for Italian food….this is coming from a New York Italian Princess…I go there every time I am in GA…..Better than 50% of the places in NY….Must have the Bologanase Polenta…just like my Nana’s….forgetaboutit!!!!!

Tara Cespites

June 23rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Listen hands down Di Paolo In Ga is the top notch place to go for Italian food….this is coming from a New York Italian Princess…I go there every time I am in GA…..Better than 50% of the places in NY….Must have the Bologanase Polenta…just like my Nana’s….forgetaboutit!!!!!

Tara Cespites

June 23rd, 2012
4:58 pm

Listen hands down Di Paolo In Ga is the top notch place to go for Italian food….this is coming from a New York Italian Princess…I go there every time I am in GA…..Better than 50% of the places in NY….Must have the Bologanase Polenta…just like my Nana’s….forgetaboutit!!!!!

Tara Cespites

June 23rd, 2012
5:01 pm

Di Paolo in Atlanta Georgia that is….

Gregory Cespites

June 23rd, 2012
5:38 pm

As an Italian Butcher and Chef from New York I must say Di Paolo”s In Atlanta Georgia…Its like eating Sunday dinner at one of my great aunts house as a young man In Brooklyn…i must say that upon reading the reviews on this page I was very disturbed by one person post of putting Di paolo down because ” come on chicken with pasta is not an Italian restaraunt” It is obvious that this is a the palate of a poser restaurant reviewer and shall not even be considered a review just based on that comment…i digress Now onto a real review,,,,It was upon my entrance to this establishment that made me feel welcome by the hostess that notice that i was wearing black and my bride was wearing white and gave us the proper napkins..so not to leave the improper lint on our clothing did I feel iwas ina place that was going to pay attension to detail…The chef must have OCD( IN A GOOD way) I had ordered an assortment of culinary delites consisting of Duck prossuittio(HOUSEMADE may I add)…beef brescola..(think of beef aged by the winds of mountain air) Rapini Cheese (kinda of an aged gouda)…amazing almonds from god knows where!!!!….green Olives…(kissed by the lips of a sun goddess)..and Caper berries…along with artiasin bread…..I was in awe after 20 minutes of walking in the door and my taste buds desired more…and I havent even begun to really eat a meal yet!!! The attension to detail was second to NONE!!!..fresh EXPLODING flavors…Now that I hope I have you drooling…get down there and expirence the rest…I could go on for paragraphs explaining each part of my wonderful meal to you but I want you to expirence this discovery the way i did. Go hungry….leave with smile and hopefully an open button on your pants like I did when I left aunt Connie’s house in the good ole days….five star plus…I go every time I am down in Atlanta…amazing that I still remember what I had the first time I went there3 years ago…how many places do you remember what you had to eat three years ago…YES IT IS THAT GOOD…. guess some people never heard of chicken parm over spaghetti in the surounding area!!! Its just like water up here……. in EVERY ITALIAN RESTAURANT.!!!! Must try everything at least once on the menu. God Bless and Mangia :)

Nick

June 23rd, 2012
9:04 pm

DiPallo in Roswell, if you don’t like this place you have no taste. The only Italian restaurant OTP that is worth eating at.

mambera

June 24th, 2012
2:37 pm

Il Localino: Great food, festive atmosphere, and impeccable service.

Jsimkav

June 24th, 2012
3:47 pm

Alfredos. A bit off the beaten path but fantastic and authentic.