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Riccardo Ullio expects to open Escorpion next week

Chef and restaurateur Riccardo Ullio expects to open his newest restaurant, Escorpion, next week. Escorpion will join Sotto Sotto and Fritti as the third restaurant in the U Restaurants group.

A Mexican tequila bar and cantina, Escorpion will sit on the corner of 5th and Peachtree Streets in Midtown. It will serve both lunch and dinner, drawing upon ingredients and dishes of Mexico. The interior is said to resemble a rustic Mexican saloon and will feature a 14-seat “scorpion” table with cow’s hide seating.

Below are excerpts from the press release:

Escorpion’s kitchen is led by executive chef Edgar Cruz, a seasoned culinary expert most recently posted at Fifth Group Restaurants, Aquanox and Restaurant Eugene, as well as stints at Gramercy Tavern and award-winning French restaurant Daniel in New York. Cruz combines his refined efforts with sous chef Maria Palma, an Acapulco native who brings to Escorpion’s kitchen years of cooking experience and a larder of family recipes, including red and green moles and tamales handed down for generations. Menu highlights include Maria’s family’s tamales, cinnamon-laced mole with chicken, salmon ceviche, barbecued goat served with bacon-laced pinto beans, traditional tacos and enchiladas and guacamole made to order.

Escorpion’s bar menu will feature craft cocktails inspired by the flavors of indigenous Mexico – a playful list of classics made with Mexican ingredients that is 100 percent tequila- and mezcal-based. Mixing behind the bar with a fresh, modern take are rock-star mixologists Adam Fox (formerly of Flat Iron Lounge in New York) and Gilbert Marquez (a Native American from the Yaqui tribe who specializes in Mexican cocktails).

11:30 a.m.- 1 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.- 2 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.- 12 a.m. Sundays. 800 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. 678.666.1468.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

12 comments Add your comment


May 20th, 2011
7:35 pm

Cow-hide seating? A “rock star mixologist”? Sounds a bit thematic. Doesn’t anyone want to open a retaurant that serves really good food at a reasonable price? If they did, they’d have more business than they could handle.

Rob Newman

May 20th, 2011
7:52 pm

Yawn, you are on track. That would be nice. Hopefully this restaurant will fare better than his Spanish effort which drowned in the hype and not so good location.


May 22nd, 2011
2:37 pm

My wife is deathly afraid of scorpions and will never even consider going to this place. Hopefully most people aren’t like her in this regard and they give this place a chance.


May 22nd, 2011
5:27 pm

yo quiero taco bell….


May 22nd, 2011
5:56 pm


denny’s is ready when you are. y’all can share a booth….

Dan Armstrong

May 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

Welcome back to Midtown! We’ve missed u


May 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

I work there:(


May 22nd, 2011
9:49 pm

I must be living on another planet.


May 23rd, 2011
12:27 am

I understand the need to “pimp” this place out; as midtown seems to be more about the tequila bar than it does for the food. Regardless, if they can bring tasty tamales to Atlanta, I’ll overlook the hipsters and enjoy the food.


May 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

Hopefully the tacos from Lupe carry over to this place. I miss Lupe – inexpensive, tasty tacos with really good ingredients!!!!


May 24th, 2011
2:22 pm

I’m all about it – Sotto Sotto has been a staple of mine for years (as has Fritti)


May 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

CUERNO part two (ie FAIL)