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 Italian cuisine and drinks at La Grotta Ristorante Italiano's Buckhead location.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano, an award-winning restaurant that's been serving up celebrated fare for more than 30 years, elegantly entices palates with a menu of traditional family recipes crafted with contemporary flair. Tease appetites during rare interludes of carpaccio all’Italiana, thin layers of beef tenderloin paired with nuances of arugula and black-truffle dressing ($11.95). Classic pasta and risotto plates ($18.95+) sing ubiquitous, carb-stuffed harmonies, and seafood swims to shore in the form of filetto branzino arrosto alla padella: a fillet of pan-roasted sea bass in a lazy river of pinot noir beurre blanc ($26.95). An impressive wine list sets the mood with a suitably savory grape-blood such as the Banfi chianti ($38), a Tuscan workhorse that complements 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…." Raise glasses above white-linen tablecloths and celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or Tuesday, so long as the three events never coincide and cause hilarity to tragically ensue.
Business casual attire preferred.
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 30305