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4 Atlanta Restaurants Serving Authentic Italian Food

Authentic Italian food is regionally distinct. Tuscan food differs from dishes served in Rome, Naples or Sicily. True Italian cooking consists of the freshest ingredients available with frozen or processed foods rarely being consumed. Many of the dishes Americans believe to be Italian are actually Italian-American. For instance, Italians cook with less garlic and onions than most Americans expect. Traditionally, meatballs are not served over pasta in Italy, but rather in a tomato sauce only. The following four Atlanta restaurants serve authentic Italian food that does not require diners to travel to Italy.

  1. La Grotta Ristorante: This Buckhead landmark for approximately 37 years serves Italian food so authentic that even a Sicilian grandmother will approve. Cocktail attire is appropriate for this fine dining experience. Chef Antonio and his staff utilize fresh sustainable produce from local farmers when available. The Tortelloni Della Casa is a culinary experience with mascarpone cheese, onions, prosciutto and thyme stuffed tortelloni shells in a delicious oregano tomato sauce.
  2. La Tavola Trattoria: The authentic Italian restaurant, located downtown on Virginia Avenue with valet parking, offers a warm intimate dining experience for a romantic evening. The restaurant is ranked among the top 50 Atlanta restaurants year after year in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Chef Justin Jordan offers several gluten-free main courses.
  3. Pasta Da Pulcinella:  Pasta Da Pulcinella serves a fine authentic Italian menu in a small yellow house located on Peachtree Walk in downtown Atlanta with paid parking across the street. The restaurant is decorated with Tuscan artwork and linen tablecloths to resemble an establishment in the heart of Italy. A dinner date will be impressed with Chef Babbiano’s Tortelli de Melle, ravioli stuffed with apples, sausage and parmigiana with a butter and sage topping.
  4. Ribalta Restaurant: Ribalta Restaurant, located on Peachtree Street, serves the ultimate Neopolitan pies created by Chef Pasquale Cozzolino. Cozzolino is a traditionalist when it comes to ingredients for the dough for the pizza; however, he will create custom pizza combinations at a customer’s request. Although known for pizza, Ribalta offers delicious pasta and desserts.

*Photo courtesy of Tuscan Bread - Salvadonica by Salvadonica Borgo del at Flickr’s Creative Commons.

 

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