Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

I’m sure my friends get annoyed with me sometimes because whenever we go out to eat, I always suggest Italian. I love Italian food. I will never say no to getting pizza or pasta. There are always carbs and cheese, my two favorite things. Because I love Italian food so much, I love trying out new restaurants. If you’re anything like me and love Italian food, check out this list of the top Italian restaurants in Atlanta!

Piastra, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaPiastra

Located in Marietta Square. Co-owned by Chef Greg Lipman and his mother Betty. At Piastra, the goal is for “guests to be amazed by our food and welcome you to enjoy a delicious and authentic Italian cuisine experience.” Everything on the menu is made fresh daily, and Chef Greg uses ingredients that are sourced from local farms. The menu features many Italian favorites like spaghetti alla bolognese and parmesana classico. Piastra is closed on Mondays, but it is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday. Lunch is offered Thursday – Sunday, and brunch is offered on the weekends.

Cibo e Beve, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaCibo E Beve

Located on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Cibo E Beve is part of the 101 Concepts Restaurant Group and was named as one of the 100 hottest restaurants in Atlanta by Jezebel Online. Executive Chef Linda Harrell has over 25 years of experience in Italian cuisine, so get ready for some amazing food! Chef Linda’s menu features many classic dishes such as carbonara and margherita pizza, but the signature dish here is the lobster spaghetti, which uses Maine lobster tail. The menu also features an impressive wine list and a plethora of specialty cocktails to choose from. Open daily for dinner only.

La Tavola, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaLa Tavola Trattoria

Located in the Virgina-Highlands area of Atlanta. La Tavola is a traditional Italian trattoria. The Executive Chef Andrew Peterson has over 8 years of experience, including serving as a chef at Colletta in Avalon. Its menu features classics on the menu such as spaghetti with marinara and basil as well as veal meatballs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, be sure to try the squid ink spaghetti! La Tavola also serves brunch on Sundays, so you can enjoy a great meal at any time of the week.

Pricci, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaPricci

Located in Buckhead. Pricci is a contemporary Italian restuarant. Executive Chef Piero Premoli is from Milan, and since taking over the position in 2005, Pricci has won many awards such as being named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Restaurants in Atlanta and ranked #36 on Jezebel Magazine’s list of 100 Hottest Restaurants. The menu offers a wide selection of options including wood oven pizzas as well as a variety of pasta, seafood, and steak dishes.

No. 246, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaNo. 246

Located in Downtown Decatur and owned by Chefs Ford Fry and Drew Belline. No. 246 gets its name from “the original plot of land on which the restaurant sits, dating back to the early 1900s.” Chef Drew says that instead of having a meat-centric menu, the food here is “more about vegetables and dishes that guests can eat every day.” Don’t worry, though. There are still meat dishes on the menu as well as classics like cacio e pepe! No. 246 is only open for dinner every day, but brunch is also available on the weekends.

Sotto Sotto, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaSotto Sotto

Located in Inman park. Sotto Sotto opened in 1999, and it is one of the many delicious Italian restaurants owned by Chef Riccardo Ullio. Sotto Sotto was named by The New York Post as one of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the U.S., and many celebrities consider it to be the go-to Italian restaurant in the city. Chef Riccardo is originally from Italy, and his menu features a plethora of Italian favorites. Be sure to try something from the award-winning wine list as well! Open daily for dinner only.

St. Cecilia, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaSt. Cecilia

Located inside the Pinnacle Building in Buckhead and owned by Chef Ford Fry. St. Cecilia has been named by the AJC as one of the top 100 restaurants in Atlanta. Executive Chef Craig Richards prepares amazing food that “displays the Italian trademarks that have always stood the test of time, but with versatile and local Southern ingredients.” If you love seafood, then this is the place for you! The menu features a variety of seafood options such as a lobster and chorizo pan roast. Be sure to try one of the creative specialty cocktails like the Sgt. Pepper as you dine!

Nino's Cucina Italiana, one of the top Italian restaurants in Atlanta.Nino’s Cucina Italiana

Located on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta. Opened in 1968, Nino’s is the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in Atlanta! Antonio Noviello, a native of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, has owned Nino’s since 1982. Many of the dishes currently featured on the menu are original family recipes that Noviello brought over from Italy, and many of them are named after family members as well. For example, the fettucine alla Michela is named after one of Noviello’s daughters. This Atlanta hotspot has served many celebrities over the years as well. Be sure to stop by and enjoy this local favorite!

Pasta Da Pulcinella, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaPasta Da Pulcinella

Located in Midtown. Pasta da Pulcinella is named after Pulcinella, a character featured in Commedia dell’Arte from the 17th century. Pulcinella “is a symbol of effervescence, joviality, and unbridled imagination,” and these characteristics are evident throughout the restraurant. Executive Chef Bibbiano definitely offers an imaginative menu filled with classics like shrimp scampi and ravioli. His signature dish, the Tortelli di Mele, is the most creative of them all. Pasta Da Pulcinella serves dinner daily and offers lunch Tuesday – Friday.

La Grotta Ristorante Italiano, one of the top Italian restaurants in AtlantaLa Grotta Ristorante Italiano

Located in Buckhead. Open since 1978, La Grotta is a go-to restaurant in Buckhead. For the last 20 years, La Grotta has won a AAA Four Diamond Award. La Grotta is family-owned and operated, and many of the opening team members from 1978 are still there, including Chef Antonio Abizanda. Chef Antonio’s menu has a wide variety of options everyone can enjoy, including dishes like ravioloni con caprino and pappardelle con astice. The extensive wine lists offers a plethora of choices from all around the world. La Grotta is open for dinner Monday -Saturday, so stop by and enjoy a meal in this upscale favorite!

 

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Emily earned her M.A. in English from Arizona State University in 2017, and her preferred area of concentration is British literature. Her hobbies include reading, baking, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.


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