Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of intimate Italian dining and drinks at La Grotta Ristorante Italiano. La Grotta has won the AAA Four Diamond award for 15 years running, compiling a massive rhomboid surplus in their basement. Today's Groupon is valid for the Buckhead location only.
La Grotta's singular menu serves traditional family recipes with a contemporary flair that dazzles the senses, delights the palate, and sates the appetite. Start off with the carpaccio all’Italiana—beef tenderloin carpaccio with arugula, aged manchego, and black-truffle dressing ($10.95)—before digging in to the costolette di agnello all griglia con pesto alla menta, which grills impeccably marinated lamb chops, then serves them with fresh mint pesto, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes tossed in olive oil, garlic and herbs ($32.95). Otherwise, stereotype your stomach with predictably delectable pasta—the tortelloni della casa (tortelloni stuffed with braised onions, prosciutto, fresh thyme, and mascarpone served in an oregano-tomato sauce; $19.25). An impressive wine list makes it easy to set the mood with a suitably savory grape-blood such as the querceto of Chianti classico (half bottle, $22.95), a Tuscan workhorse that compliments Italian meals, place settings, and increasingly uncomfortable female friends.
La Grotta's romantic atmosphere and rich flavors are enhanced even further by friendly, attentive service, which will try to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…". Use today's Groupon to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or Tuesday, so long as the three events never coincide and cause hilarity to tragically ensue.
Not valid on New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. Not valid for special menus, including stimulus menu. Business casual attire preferred. Reservations are suggested.
Featured among the top 10 Italian restaurants on 10Best, La Grotta's expert service and swanky ambiance has critics talking:
- 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
TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- The waiters there are wonderful, very friendly and knowledgeable...The flavors are just amazing, everything cooked to perfection. – rajabear, 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.
Peachtree Heights East
2637 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30305Get Directions