The A just gained one of its best patios at Dolce, where 50 seats offer superb alfresco dining.
Grilled octopus with chickpeas, farro and frisee topped with pistacho vinaigrette
Buckhead Atlanta has introduced us to instant A-Town classics like Le Bilboquet, Corso Coffee and Gypsy Kitchen, but LDV Hospitality’s Dolce Italian is stepping up the luxury shopping mecca’s dining scene in a whole new way. One trip up the glass-paneled elevator, next to Etro, will send you back in time to the Mad Men-era of the 1960s, where men puffed on cigars and ladies elegantly sipped on sparkling martinis. The mod-designed space features supple leather booths and inviting wooden tables galore with seating up to 150. But the real magic happens on the resto’s expansive 50-person wraparound patio where Italian influence shines in the red-wicker and tufted-sofa seating, which supplies diners with wow-worthy views of Buckhead. And we’re not the only ones who are buzzing about the city’s next trending watering hole–the Italian concept recently won Bravo’s Best New Restaurant culinary competition thanks to its outposts in Miami, Chicago and now the A.
Managing Partner David Abes (formerly of Here to Serve Restaurants) is providing leadership direction while Trentino, Italy-native and Executive Chef Paolo Dorigato is helming the kitchen. Dorigato, who earned his stripes at legendary Cipriani Wall Street and Michelin-star Le Cirque, is all about bold flavor and authentic ingredients. While the menu will be updated seasonally, standout staples include handmade pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and a selection of charcuterie. To start, the delicate beef carpaccio topped with baby arugula, fresh mozzarella, crispy mushrooms, croutons and Italian dressing shines. For larger groups, the fritto misto featuring calamari, shrimp, veggies, mustard-seed aioli and more makes for an ample beginning. While main courses such as veal milanese, pan-seared Alaskan halibut and rack of lamb entice, the pasta and pizza options can’t be missed. Spaghetti al pomodoro is cooked to al dente perfection and the sweet pea tortelli wows with its light but satiating flavors. As for the dish you’ll be begging your friends to try? It’s the off-the-menu star pizza, a white pie topped with prosciutto, capicola salami and slabs of ricotta cheese (which are also found in the pizza’s stuffed crust). Does it get any better than that? Wash it all down with a spicy raspberry Collins punctuated by a kick of jalapeño–and toast to the good life, or choose from a bevy of wines, locally-sourced beers and other specialty cocktails. Now that’s amore!
3035 Peachtree Road