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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)
    Is there anything more crave-worthy than Bruce Logue's 20-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi? We think not. This Inman Park treasure has been open for nearly five years and reservations are still mandatory.

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2017
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    BoccaLupo
    Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishesmore...
    Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishes highlighting the season's freshest ingredients. The restaurant is perpetually packed, and not just for the food. A meticulously selected wine list and an expert craft cocktail menu kick the experience up all the notches. Choose a classic like Bolognese gravy atop tangled ribbons of pappardelle or go for Logue's ever-changing four-course pasta tasting with additions of uni, stone crab, ramps, and, sometimes, shaved truffles. less...

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best culinary time machine BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    La Grotta Ristorante (Featured)
    In 1982, one food critic described La Grotta as "simply the finest Italian restaurant in Atlanta and one of the city's best restaurants of any kind." The beef carpaccio and any dish made with veal were the restaurants specialties. For dessert, fresh berries and cream. Thirty years later, the veal, themore...
    In 1982, one food critic described La Grotta as "simply the finest Italian restaurant in Atlanta and one of the city's best restaurants of any kind." The beef carpaccio and any dish made with veal were the restaurants specialties. For dessert, fresh berries and cream. Thirty years later, the veal, the carpaccio, and even the berries - although now they're served with vanilla gelato - are still the restaurant's mainstays. Sergio Favalli, along with chef Antonio Abizanda, opened La Grotta in 1978, and to this day, La Grotta is where they both remain. Longevity and consistency over the years set this time capsule of a restaurant apart from every other restaurant in the city. Where else can you find a chef on a 34-year run at the same restaurant? less...

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Runners-up:


    Alfredo's Italian Restaurant


    1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, www.alfredositalianrestaurant.com


    AND


    Capozzi's


    1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com.


    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Runner-up
    Alfredo's Italian Restaurant
    1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, alfredositalianrestaurant.com

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant
    Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn’t conceded to the Americanization of Italian cuisine. Specifically: The food is never drowned in sauces or piled up in belt-loosening quantities. Risottos are undoubtedly the best in the city.more...
    Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn’t conceded to the Americanization of Italian cuisine. Specifically: The food is never drowned in sauces or piled up in belt-loosening quantities. Risottos are undoubtedly the best in the city. Taste rules and pasta dishes are straightforward, often featuring seasonal ingredients. The roasted fish, boned tableside, is a favorite with many. Fantastic desserts, such as the chocolate soup and the golden panna cotta, also win over hearts and mouths. less...

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Sotto Sotto Restaurant

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Sotto Sotto Restaurant
    313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678 http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Maggiano's Little Italy

    Best Italian BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2006
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    di Paolo
    Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas,more...
    Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas, especially the ravioli, are rich and satisfying but not too heavy, and meat dishes like veal parmigiana are among the best renditions of this style of cooking we’ve ever had. It’s as if they’re taking Italian-American favorites and re-Italianizing them. A fantastic wine list and scrumptious desserts let us know that the details are important to these folks, which is probably why the place is packed almost every night. less...
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