Today's Groupon to La Grotta Ristorante Italiano gets you $50 worth of savory northern Italian cuisine for just $25. Whether you dine at the Dunwoody or Buckhead location, you're in for a romantic evening of rich flavors and attentive service. Perfect for celebrating your anniversary, birthday, or September 17.
Each of La Grotta's elegant locations offers its own unique menu of traditional family recipes with a contemporary flair. The Dunwoody menu features decadent starters like mussels with garlic, parsley, white wine, onion, fennel, and a luxurious touch of cream, and handcrafted pastas like the homemade veal ravioli. The Buckhead menu equally delights the palate. Start off with the beef carpaccio with arugula, shaved parmesan, and black-truffle dressing before digging in to the perfectly marinated lamb chops, grilled and served with fresh mint pesto, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes tossed in olive oil and herbs. With impressive wine lists at both locations, you are sure to find the perfect bottle to set the mood.
Featured among the top 10 Italian restaurants on 10Best, La Grotta's expert service and swanky ambiance has critics talking:
- Once seated, you are swarmed by kindly, grandfatherly gentlemen. Their service style is so attentive that you want to fold your hands in your lap and sit up straight. Which is not to say they're stuffy. They make light banter and are quick with dead-on wine suggestions. – Creative Loafing
- The burgundy-and-cream interior is elegant, and the staff is excellent. Old northern Italian favorites such as prosciutto with grilled pears and mascarpone cheese and potato-and-herb gnocchi with a wild mushroom sauce are the core of the menu. – Fodor's
- Patrons in the mood for romance will hardly find a more apt spot than this edition of La Grotta, where gentlemen popping the question are a frequent event and the positive responses they get equally common. Gentle lighting and fine black-and-white photographs craft an ambience that is easy on the eyes, and the noise level is equally easy on the ears. – Gayot
- from the moment you are greated by Sergio and his staff, you feel like you have been transported straight to Milan, Rome, pick a fabulous Italian city and restaurante [sic] and you are there, sans the airfare – herekitti, Kudzu
- The chef makes fresh pasta, and the goat cheese ravioli is outstanding. The waiters are friendly, and service is great. It's also very private area of Buckhead; if you're going for a romantic evening request a booth! gotoeat, Kudzu
- The restaurants ambiance is very upscale and romantic. The service was unbeatable and the food was unbelieveable. – love2traveltogether, TripAdvisor
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
You’ll never hear a cell phone ring at La Grotta Ristorante Italiano—the menu politely requests that guests silence their phones while savoring meals. This ringtone ban is one of many ways the restaurant strives to capture old-guard glamour. Other elegant touches include complimentary valet parking, a formal dress code that welcomes diamond-encrusted overalls, and a patio that overlooks a lush garden.
The sense of grandeur extends to La Grotta Ristorante Italiano’s menu of northern Italian cuisine, which has earned repeated DiRōNA and AAA Four Diamond accolades. Chef Antonio Abizanda stuffs roasted quail and succulent chicken with italian cured meats and cheeses, and tosses pastas with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs that are often organic and culled from local growers. To enhance dishes, co-owner Sergio Favalli, a native Italian who used to make vino with his father as a young boy, curates a list of more than 350 wines including Brunello di Montalcino, amarone, chianti, and other Italian varietals.