Amuse!’s airy, bohemian atmosphere welcomes guests with fresh ingredients and imaginative French dishes. For brunch, patrons can nosh on a light breakfast such as the toasty croque monsieur sandwich filled with black forest ham and béchamel cheese ($12), or sample sweet crepes filled with Nutella, jam, or fresh fruit (three for $7). Dinnertime customers initiate ingestive engines with sea scallops au gratin served with swiss cheese ($14) before moving to main courses such as the duo of duck-leg confit and duck breast ($24).
The folks at Urban Pie aren?t afraid to eschew traditional pizza toppings. Case in point: the pizzeria's signature thin crust is topped with olive oil, roasted garlic, spinach, roasted red peppers, red onions, feta and mozzarella. Classic pizza sauce is also left off the margherita pizza, which instead gets a heap of tomato slices. Of course, guests can still get old-school red sauce on pies such as the Grease Monkey Pizza, bedecked with bacon, ground beef, pepperoni, and ham. The homemade marinara also serves as the perfect dunking option for garlic cheese breadsticks and index fingers.
Whether the craving is pizza or stromboli, wings or a burger, Mama Mia Pizza, Subs, & Wings has it. The pizzeria’s extensive menu expands upon its titular trio by featuring international entrees such as baked lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and the Greek spinach and cheese pie known as spanakopita. Dine at one of the indoor or outdoor tables, or call in a delivery order to chat with the driver about the flashy new delivery sign recently installed on your car.
Dave Pazienza first donned a toque in the kitchen of his father's restaurant where he learned family recipes from his fellow Italian chefs. He emerged from that experience eager to share those culinary traditions with as many people as possible, which he does from behind the counter at Artuzzi's Italian Kitchen. Tables gaze directly into the open kitchen, allowing guests to watch as cooks reduce steaming pots of wine, cream, and spices or whittle each individual strand of pasta. Extra-virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, and eight signature sauces invigorate the platefuls of freshly cut linguini or imported, whole-wheat penne.
From the pizza oven, scents hint at more than 20 toppings including granny smith apples, gorgonzola cheese, capers, and herb-roasted chicken. The dining room's pastel yellow and orange walls mirror the warmth of the oven beneath vintage-inspired paintings of pasta and wicker-wrapped chianti bottles.
Visiting Bone Lick BBQ is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Inside, a skee-ball machine from 1945 stands alongside classic tabletop arcade games, and old school rock n' roll spins atop a record player (patrons can even bring in their own vinyl and get a complimentary PBR for their effort). Further entertainment comes in the form of TVs above the bar and the occasional live act, including comedy every Wednesday evening.
Even with such a fun, laid-back atmosphere, the food still shines at Bone Lick. Its chefs rub beef, pork, and chicken in secret spice blends, then cook them for hours on end over hickory and pecan woods. While the meat cooks, the chefs stay extremely busy—they make everything on their menu from scratch every day.
They bake corn bread, braise collards in pork, and blend jalapeños into mac 'n' cheese. They also whip up homemade pickles and cider slaw to lay atop pulled-pork sandwiches on griddled texas toast. Even the cotton candy, funnel cakes, and Granny Pearl's pecan pie are made in-house, though no one knows how Ms. Pearl keeps sneaking into the kitchen unnoticed.
At the bar, which is made from recycled shipping pallets, mixologists concoct creative cocktails, such as bacon old-fashions. They also send out crisp Georgia drafts and American-crafted whiskies.
Vespucci’s Pizza and Pasta is a great lunch spot in Midtown Atlanta for anyone craving real New York-style pizza. Located close to the Woodruff Arts Center, the small, casual eatery also makes for a convenient place to fill up before or after a trip to the High Museum, or on a break from work. They blend their own sauces in-house, and infuse the flavors into everything from pizza and pasta to calzones and panini. In warmer weather, there are a few patio tables out front, with a faux-rustic indoor atmosphere that’s heavy on black and white photographs and old Italian signage. There’s a lot to be proud of here: Vespucci’s is still family-run after more than fifteen years, and remains one of the few proudly un-corporate establishments left on Peachtree Street. It also works well as a place to meet up with friends for a drink after work.