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Where to Eat Italian in Atlanta

The ultimate list of Italian dishes and restaurants in Atlanta.

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Squid Ink Spaghetti at La Tavola


Atlanta has a wide variety of Italian cuisine representing all the regions of Italy and all of take-offs on Italian street food. Here's our list of winners for the best Italian restaurant over the past 20 years: Italian Restaurant

 

The Best Italian in Atlanta according to our Critics is:

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Chef Bruce Logue has transformed the former home of Sauced into a modern industrial scheme complete with rustic wood, gray walls, and white enamel fixtures. Expect old standards from Logue's former post at La Pietra Cucina, like his famous black spaghetti, as well as authentic new dishes featuring p... | more...

The Best Italian Restaurant in Atlanta according to our Readers is:

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From Bambinelli's website: Bonnie Marisa Bambinelli was born into a family possessing a passion for life and a flair for cooking and enjoying the fruits of their labors. As a child Bonnie spent her days with grandmothers “Bina” and Filomena testing and tasting all day long. Today our secret recipes ... | more...

Last Year's Critic's Choice for Best Italian

Business

Chef Bruce Logue has transformed the former home of Sauced into a modern industrial scheme complete with rustic wood, gray walls, and white enamel fixtures. Expect old standards from Logue's former post at La Pietra Cucina, like his famous black spaghetti, as well as authentic new dishes featuring p... | more...


 

Italian Dishes from our 100 Dishes List

Sorrento Lemon Roast Chicken at Gio's Chicken Amalfitano

Available at Gio?s Chicken Amalfitano
Has eating something ever not been enough? Like, you'd only be truly satisfied if you also could crawl into the bowl and be physically surrounded on all sides by the food? Such is the experience of eating the Sorrento lemon roast chicken at Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. Rubbed with salt and seasoned simply with olive oil, chopped garlic, and wild oregano, the chicken is served in fist-size chunks in a big bowl and garnished with flatbread, potato wedges, and lemon slices. There is also a sauce in this bowl, an insanely aromatic broth emanating with the bright perfume of Sorrento lemons. Dip the rich chicken in it; let the potatoes soak it up ? they're thick enough to handle it ? and leave none behind.
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Squid Ink Spaghetti at La Tavola

Available at La Tavola
A critically acclaimed yet oft-overlooked neighborhood favorite, this cozy Va-Hi trattoria has been serving up locally-sourced Italian fare since it opened back in 1999. All pastas are made fresh in-house, and the squid ink spaghetti is one of the best in town, tossed with marinated calamari, pan-toasted anchovy soffrito, garlic, calabrian chilis and a Thai basil pesto that balances the subtle blend of spice and brine. $18.
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Tomato and basil spaghettini with veal meatballs at La Tavola Trattoria

Available at La Tavola
A bright, tart red sauce coats impossibly thin spaghettini that just begs to be slurped up greedily. Baseball-sized meatballs combine veal and pork, and manage to achieve that perfect meatball flavor — lighter than sausage, heftier and juicier than meatloaf. Mamma mia. $16.50.

 

CL Recommends: Italian Restaurants

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From Bambinelli's website: Bonnie Marisa Bambinelli was born into a family possessing a passion for life and a flair for cooking and enjoying the fruits of their labors. As a child Bonnie spent her days with grandmothers “Bina” and Filomena testing and tasting all day long. Today our secret recipes ... | more...

Restaurant

Chef Bruce Logue has transformed the former home of Sauced into a modern industrial scheme complete with rustic wood, gray walls, and white enamel fixtures. Expect old standards from Logue's former post at La Pietra Cucina, like his famous black spaghetti, as well as authentic new dishes featuring p... | more...

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Food is simple, yet creative. Extensive and reasonably priced wine list, offering a wide selection of both Italian and American wines. Covered, heated patio and indoor seating. | more...

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Opened in 1968, Nino's is, according to its menu, the city's oldest Italian restaurant. The place features authentic old-style Southern Italian cooking and the menu is gigantic. There are plenty of antipasti, pastas and meat entrees to choose from. Not much to look at from the outside, this charming... | more...

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Valenza is a casual but elegant Italian restaurant. Chef Matt Swickerath focuses on using local ingredients to serve authentic Italian cuisine such as meals from spaghettini with veal and pork meatballs, bufala mozzarella, red wine, and san marzano tomato sauce to a traditional capellini with fresh ... | more...
 




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