The 7 Hottest New Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis | October 7, 2015 By Christopher Hassiotis  |  October 7, 2015
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Pizza? Pasta? America's favorite imported cuisine is arguably Italian. From hearty Northern fare to light, spicy bites from its Southern and coastal regions, there are plenty of new options to enjoy around Atlanta. Here are seven spots opened in the past year to put on your must-try list. (More are on the way, too, with Bellina Alimentari opening in Ponce City Market on October 19, and il Giallo coming to Sandy Springs and il Gusto Bistro to the Old Fourth Ward planned to open in a few months.)

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    Dolce Italian

    Midcentury-modern design meets high Italian style at this swanky Buckhead kitchen, an Atlanta outpost of the Miami original where the svelte clientele nibbles on Neapolitan pizza, fresh pastas and traditional entrees. The tony surrounds feature warm wood and cool marble interiors, plus a large wraparound terrace perfect for lingering over classic cocktails.

    Good to Know: Dolce has sister restaurants in Miami and Chicago, and the Florida location recently took top honors on the Bravo TV show "Best New Restaurant."

    3035 Peachtree Rd. NE; 678-686-2267

  • Princi Italia

    Expect upscale Italian fare from this newly opened restaurant, including pastas, wood-fired pizzas and wine combine at this inviting Midtown space; thanks to the blond-wood furnishings and elegant design, it’s a “pleasant experience” in the “polished” interior with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and a nice covered patio's not too bad either.

    Good to Know: Friends out West? The original Princi Italia is located in Houston.

    77 12th St. NE; 404-709-2058.

  • Novo Cucina

    This large Dunwoody Italian fast-casual is the brainchild of Riccardo Ullio, the restaurateur behind intown gems Fritti and Sotto Sotto. The nontraditional ordering mechanisms may baffle at first (diners use a card to tally all their orders and drinks), but the pizza and pasta dishes are boundless and loaded with local ingredients, and pair perfectly with glasses from the serve-yourself Enomatic wine dispensing machine.

    Good to Know: Novo's quickly established itself as a family-friendly eatery in a space that's struggled with a number of restaurants over recent years.

    5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody; 470-275-3000

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    This Avalon Italian spot sports ceilings that soar, sleek blond-wood furniture and a pasta machine visible from the dining room. The upscale menu runs the old-country gamut of antipasti, pizza, pasta, and wood-fired entrees, drawing particular inspiration from the meat-heavy Italian north, and also serves up a special menu of family-style platters.

    Good to Know: Colletta's an ATL outpost of a Charleston restaurant group that also operates the neighboring Oak Steakhouse and will soon open O-Ku Sushi in the Westside Ironworks development.

    900 Third St., Alpharetta; 678-722-8335

  • Ribalta

    Clean, light-colored walls, soft lighting and a refreshingly uncluttered interior put the emphasis straight on the food at this Midtown pizzeria, opened by pros with a similar operation in NYC. Small plates and daily made pastas draw on Italian traditions, while the pizzas come in either classic Neapolitan style right out of the brick ovens, or as a large pizza "in pala," big enough for two and with dough that's twice-cooked to be crisp outside and pillowy within.

    Good to Know: Parking on this stretch of Peachtree's tough — head behind Ribalta onto Crescent and dip into the parking deck.

    1080 Peachtree St. NE #9; 404-249-7019

  • Tutto Kitchen & Bar

    Just off Roswell's newly bustling Canton Street dining district, this Italian spot by the Peachtree Diner team delivers open spaces, clean lines and a modern yet hospitable feel in a cozy historic space. Diners sip desserty cocktails while perusing a deep menu that takes diners on a tour of the old country, leaving no expected flavor underrepresented in its array of pastas, starters, salads, entrees or lunchtime sandwiches.

    Good to Know: Chef Tony Itzie has years of experience in the ATL suburbs' top restaurants — spots like Horseradish Grill, Sage and Van Gogh’s.

    942 Alpharetta St., Roswell; 678-878-2525

  • Villaggio Gastro Italian

    The team behind Baraonda and Publik Draft House revamped this hospitable Druid Hills Italian neighborhood eatery, curating a more casual menu and placing an emphasis squarely upon the food. The cuisine's accessible yet full of personality, and diners can opt for shareable pizzas and pastas or explore entrees made with seasonal ingredients, and the craft beers and unique cocktails offer a change from the house-red-or-white of typical Italian joints.

    Good to Know: The previous restaurant in this space had a similar name but different owners and managers; Villaggio's made big changes to the food and especially the cocktails.

    1355 Clairmont Rd., Decatur; 404-235-0620

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Dolce Italian

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Princi Italia

Italian Midtown
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Italian Alpharetta
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Pizza Midtown
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Villaggio Gastro Italian

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Tutto Kitchen & Bar

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