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13 Best Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

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Discover the culinary treasures of Atlanta as we embark on a gastronomic journey through the city’s finest Italian restaurants. Nestled among the bustling streets and vibrant neighborhoods, these establishments offer an authentic taste of Italy right in the heart of Georgia. From traditional trattorias to modern eateries, Atlanta’s Italian dining scene is a melting pot of flavors, textures, and aromas that will transport you to the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany or the enchanting canals of Venice. Whether you’re craving a classic pasta dish, a mouthwatering pizza, or delectable seafood, this article will guide you to the premier Italian restaurants that Atlanta has to offer. So sit back, relax, and let your taste buds be tantalized by the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Italy, all within the vibrant city limits of Atlanta.


La Grotta Ristorante

2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
404-231-1368
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Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 20 consecutive years along with Atlanta Magazine’s vote for Best Italian Restaurant for the past 18 years, La Grotta Ristorante is a high-end Italian bistro in Buckhead. La Grotta has been a fine-dining fixture since it opened in 1978, offering a charming atmosphere in a small, refined space with a lovely patio garden. La Grotta Ristorante offers a traditional Italian multi-course menu for dinner accompanied by an exquisite wine list. I skipped the hot and cold appetizers and went straight for the house-made Raviolini con Caprino, goat-cheese stuffed ravioli with apple and celery in light butter and sun-dried tomato sauce.


Sotto Sotto Restaurant

313 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
404-523-6678
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From Milan native and head Chef Riccardo Ullio, Sotto Sotto Restaurant honors the culinary traditions of Italy in a bustling, modern atmosphere Located in Inman Park, Sotto Sotto offers a refined dining room with floor-to-ceiling artwork and an enclosed, vine-covered sunroom. Its delicious and authentic cuisine has been lauded by TimeOut as one of the best restaurants in the nation. The menu offers classic favorites as well as a rotating seasonal menu. The wine list has won the Wine Spectator’s Award. My favorite dish was the perfectly cooked Costoletta Alla Parmigiana, featuring pan-fried bone-in veal parmesan with for di latte mozzarella and arugula.


BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
404-577-2332
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Featured in the New York Times, Atlanta Magazine, and Southern Living, BoccaLupo is an Inman Park favorite for handmade pasta and a friendly, casual atmosphere. Chef and owner Bruce Logue displays his passion for Italian American cooking through his colorful and refined takes on classic Italian American dishes. The menu is a simple list of antipasti and pasta, but the dishes are complex and original. I started with the crispy brussels sprouts in agrodolce. Followed by the most delicious lamb and goat cheese lasagna in Pomodoro I’ve ever tasted. You won’t find lasagna like this at home or anywhere else!

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La Tavola Trattoria

992 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
404-873-5430
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Located in an old brick building with a romantic outdoor terrace in the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood, La Tavola Trattoria is a beloved Italian bistro run by executive Chef Brian Moll. The enchanting atmosphere and award-winning dishes have won La Tavola praise from the Food Network, Jezebel Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and more. The menu offers an expertly curated wine and cocktail list to accompany a high-end menu of antipasti, handmade pasta, and classic Italian entrees. In my opinion, the squid ink spaghetti with calamari, Calabrian chilies, garlic, and Thai basil pesto certainly lived up to the hype from The Daily Meal’s op-ed.


Pricci

500 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
404-237-2941
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Another Buckhead institution, Pricci has been serving classic Italian dishes in a high-end space for nearly 40 years. The elegant space offers equally artsy and creative platting for dishes that honor Italian traditions while also adding modern twists. Pricci is a part of owner and famous restauranteur Pano Karatassos’ successful fine-dining dynasty. They have a wonderful menu of hand-made pasta, salads, and wood-fired pizzas. I had to try one of their wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and chose the Funghi Cipollini and Fontina pizza with local wild mushrooms, cipollini onions, fontina, and a luscious truffle bechamel. I paired it with an arugula salad with golden beets and candied walnuts for a deliciously light dinner.


Valenza Restaurant

1441 Dresden Dr #100, Atlanta, GA 30319
404-969-3233
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Teetering between North Atlanta and Ashford Park, Valenza Restaurant is a charming and romantic bistro that will transport you to a rustic Tuscan tavern. The rustic-chic dining space with its washed stucco walls, exposed beams, and authentic Italian frescos creates a special atmosphere to enjoy authentic Italian dishes. Executive Chef and owner Matt Swickerath uses the freshest locally sourced ingredients and novel cooking techniques to put an innovative twist on traditional Italian food. I’ll be dreaming about the mussels with roasted garlic, fennel, sambuca, tomatoes, and white wine for the foreseeable future. They were the perfect prelude to a dish of fresh tagliatelle with pork shoulder ragu.


Antica Posta Restaurant

519 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
404-262-7112
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From Tuscan natives and brothers Alessandro and Marco Betti, Antica Posta Restaurant is an authentic Tuscan eatery that draws from the Betti family’s multi-generational background and butchers, chefs, and restaurant owners. Located in Buckhead, Antica Posta offers a polished atmosphere to enjoy the most authentic Italian food from the Betti family’s recipes. The Bettis still own and operate a butcher shop and restaurants in their native Italy and then use the family brand’s salami in their charcuterie plate. I loved the skillet-seared scallops with black truffle butter to start. I decided to try Chef Sandro’s Oven Roasted Tuscan Chicken for the main course. It was one of the best roasted chicken dishes I’ve ever eaten.

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Bellina Alimentari

Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE UNIT 131, Atlanta, GA 30308
404-330-9933
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Bellina Alimentari is a specialty market, natural wine bar, cooking school, and farm-to-table Italian eatery in one. Located in the Ponce City Market, Bellina Alimentari has a laudable philosophy of ethical, local sourcing, culinary education, and authentic Italian meals for its customers. Their eatery uses only local ingredients and partners with local ranchers who treat their cattle humanely. The food is an education in and of itself, offering classic, simply made Italian dishes with the highest quality ingredients. I decided to sample one of the most classic dishes of all, the Carbonara, using house-made bucatini, a farm egg, English peas, smoked bacon, and 30-day aged pecorino.


Fritti

309 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
404-880-9559
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Another of famed Chef and owner Riccardo Ullio’s award-winning restaurants, Fritti is a hip yet casual Neapolitan pizzeria modeled off the pizzerias and friggitorias Ullio frequented in Naples. Located in a fashionably remodeled garage next door to Ullio’s other restaurant, Sotto Sotto, in Inman Park, Fritti uses imported Italian ingredients and a wood-fired oven to create the most authentic Neapolitan pizzas.  Fritti means “fried,” so you can expect a wealth of fried antipasti, like calamari and eggplant croquettes. They also have a refreshing salad menu to accompany a delectable Neapolitan pizza. The pizzas are as traditional as they come, with a few high-quality toppings that do not weigh down the delicate wood-fired crust. My favorite was the Crudo e Rucola with prosciutto, arugula, and olive oil.


il Giallo Osteria & Bar

5920 Roswell Rd B-118, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404-709-2148
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Located in the North Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, il Giallo Osteria and Bar is an intimate, family-style Osteria and wine bar from close friends and business partners Leo Moura and Executive Chef Jamie Adams. Chef Adams is an accomplished chef, having been a featured Chef at the prestigious James Beard House and a contestant on Food Network’s show, “Chopped.” Osterias traditionally have small menus, offering the very best samples of the Chef’s specialty. Il Giallo is no exception, and you can expect anything on the menu to be fantastic. My favorite dish was the whole Branzino with artichokes, English peas, roasted peppers, and tomatoes. I recommend starting with the gnocchi with gorgonzola cream.


Nino’s Italian Restaurant

1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
404-874-6505
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Overlooking the beautiful Morningside Nature Preserve, Nino’s Italian Restaurant is the oldest continually operating Italian restaurant in Atlanta, opening in 1968. Nino’s is a family-friendly classic Italian restaurant serving authentic dishes from owner Antonio Noviello’s family recipes. Many of the dishes at Nino’s are named for Noviello’s family members. The made-to-order menu has all the classic antipasti, pasta, and entrees. There’s also a pre-fixe tasting menu. I wanted to try a dish close to the owner’s heart, so I chose the Fettucine Alla Michela with sauteed shrimp and seared scallops in a saffron cream sauce over house-made fettuccine.

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Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
678-878-3378
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Garnering acclaim from Eater, Zagat, Atlanta Magazine, and Wine Spectator, Osteria Mattone is a lovely Roswell neighborhood trattoria and osteria. The fancy trattoria offers a refined atmosphere in a country-meets-industrial-chic dining space that opens onto a glorious wooden deck. The more casual Osteria and bar have fantastic happy hours. The menu is more akin to an Osteria, with a small but delicious selection of pasta, pizza, antipasti, and entrees. The presentation at Osteria Mattone is phenomenal. I had to take a photograph of my gorgeous plate of Agnolotti di Oxo, a braised short rib-stuffed pasta with butter sauce.


Pasta Da Pulcinella

1123 Peachtree Walk NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
404-876-1114
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Pasta Da Pulcinella is a small, romantic Italian Bistro in Midtown with nearly 30 years of serving delicious house-made pasta from a classic and unchanging menu. The elegant atmosphere features white tablecloths, Tuscan frescos, and a soundtrack of Italian classical music. They’re open for lunch and dinner, offering a high-end multicourse menu. My favorite type of pasta is stuffed pasta, and they had the widest selection of ravioli and tortellini on my list. I loved the classic lobster ravioli with ricotta and lobster-stuffed pasta in a Champagne cream sauce. I started with a beautiful and classic antipasti dish of pears with parma prosciutto.

Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Atlantanmagazine.com and Tripadvisor.com. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

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https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g60898-c26-Atlanta_Georgia.html
https://atlanta.eater.com/maps/best-pasta-italian-restaurants-atlanta
https://www.atlantaeats.com/blog/the-ultimate-atlanta-pasta-guide/
https://www.opentable.com/cuisine/best-italian-restaurants-atlanta
https://www.gayot.com/restaurants/best-atlanta-ga-top10-italianrestaurants_7at.html

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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