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Best Italian restaurant

illocalino_photo04Photo: Michelle Bentley

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 …

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Weekend best bets: June 15-17

Gypsy - Ingrid Cole-1Ingrid Cole portrays Rose in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of “Gypsy.”

Festival, families: Decatur Beach Party will bring 60 tons of sand, a kids’ boardwalk with games, two live bands (including Yacht Rock Schooner), dancing on the plaza, a food court and more to the Old Courthouse Square from 5-11 p.m. June 15.

Parade, visual arts: Skate Peachtree will kick off for the “Skate It or Hang It!? The Evolution of Skateboard Art” exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The event begins with a skateboard parade from the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue to the museum. Participants gather at 10:30 a.m. June 16; parade begins at 11 a.m.

Music: Atlanta Fest fills Stone Mountain Park with contemporary Christian music featuring Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp and many more June 14-16.

Music: Jazz on the Lawn presents the Latin jazz of  Serenata on the grounds of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. June 15.


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Best veggie burger

NFXfood0601dThe veggie burger at World Peace Cafe is your pick as the best in and around Atlanta. Photo: Phil Skinner,

1. World Peace Café
You say, “Delicious, hearty and very satisfying!”

2. Houston’s
3. Farm Burger
4. Grindhouse Killer Burgers
5. Yeah! Burger
6. R. Thomas

1. R. Thomas
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “One of Atlanta’s oldest refuges for creative vegetarian cuisine serves a great twist on the traditional veggie burger. The Sloppy Joe Veggie comes as a tortilla stuffed with bits of their house-made veggie patty, cinnamon sweet potatoes, and red slaw.”

2. Houston’s
3. Farm Burger
4. Grindhouse Killer Burgers
5. Atkins Park

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Weekend best bets: June 8-10

Red Bull Soapbox Race 2009 - Atlanta 4
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine team was the overall winner at the 2009 Red Bull Soapbox Race competition in Atlanta. The race is back in town this weekend, with 41 teams making the run down 10th Street at Piedmont Park on Saturday. Photo: Francois Portmann / Red Bull Content Pool

Stage: “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots” is a tale of love and honor involving a financially struggling young husband and wife and the wealthy couple that hires them. Shows are at 8 p.m. June 8-9 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Convention, pop culture: If you’re a fan of all things science fiction, don’t miss the Sci Fi Summer Con, which happens June 8-10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter Northwest.

Baseball: It’s Alumni Weekend at Turner Field, and the Braves will retire former pitcher John Smoltz’s number in an on-field ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. June 8 (right before the Braves face off against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m.). Many more former Braves …

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