Nine months after opening Table & Main in Roswell, its owner, Ryan Pernice, and chef, Ted Lahey, have announced plans to fill another niche in the Roswell dining scene. The two will open a dinner-only Italian eatery in historic Roswell come summer of 2013.
The new restaurant, Osteria Mattone, will serve rustic Italian cuisine including handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas. This neighborhood trattoria will source ingredients from local purveyors and Georgia farms. The wine list will be a prominent part of the beverage program, featuring many Italian wines and other continental varietals.
Osteria Mattone will be located just down the street from Table & Main at 1095 Canton Street, adjacent to The Fickle Pickle, a popular Roswell cafe. The site’s existing red-brick building, which inspired the name “Mattone” (Italian for brick), will undergo a complete renovation, much like the hundred-year-old home that now houses Table & Main. Plans for the space include a hand-crafted brick pizza oven as the dining room focal point, a landscaped terrace and dining area on the front lawn and a large private parking lot.
Lahey will oversee the kitchens at both Table & Main and Osteria Mattone. Lahey has worked with Michael White of Fiamma Osteria in New York City and Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten in Athens.
With the opening of Table & Main last August, Little Alley Steak in February and Osteria Mattone next summer, Roswell’s dining scene is one to watch.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog