BoccaLupo

Red Sauce Italian

  • 93
  • 2015 Best Italian
Overview

Both a destination and neighborhood gem, this Inman Park eatery offers chef Bruce Logue’s (La Pietra Cucina) homestyle Italian dishes and hand-cut and extruded pastas, plus an award-winning 4-course pasta tasting menu. The setting, casual, modern, and minimally adorned, allows the food on the plate to take center stage.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Kerchief-thin slices of prosciutto, adorning piadina (a crackery flatbread) with creamy ricotta and pineapple mostarda, remain an ideal first nibble. Cucumber brodo, a refreshing forest-green pool surrounding a pile of neatly chopped tuna crudo and a generous dollop of mashed avocado, quells the summer heat brilliantly. The chewy black spaghetti with sausage and shrimp still delivers its tangle of textures and punchy spices. Ribbon-like tagliatelle, golden from egg yolks, cradles the season’s latest gifts (in mid-spring it was ramps and wild mushrooms)…[Logue] takes inspiration for bruschetta from banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich; his piquant combination of slow-roasted pork, earthy chicken liver, and pickled cauliflower, celery, and carrots ricochets off the taste buds in all the right ways. And don’t miss the skewer of grilled octopus and mortadella (bologna’s pedigreed grandfather), a pyrotechnic display of conception and execution where both are cooked to an uncanny consistency of melting firmness, then poised over shell beans and spinach united by the elusive, nutty scent of Marsala.” – Atlanta Magazine

“Have you ever thought about ordering a fixed-price menu that consists of course after course of pasta? It does sound like something you’d eat to, say, bulk up for a sumo wrestling match. Trust us, you want this. Bruce Logue is a chef of ceaseless invention, consummate skill and intuitive flavor sense. His current pasta tasting menu includes orbs of fried macaroni with honey truffles and chive fondutta, house linguine with Sapelo Island clams and corn, and wild boar meatballs with gnocchi au poivre. Then again, you may need one of the classics off the standing menu, such as squid ink ramen with collards and boiled peanuts, or the soul smackdown Logue calls the “crispy white lasagna slab.” Noodle nirvana, this place.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ambience

The setting has a casual, neighborhood feel with a modern industrial sensibility. The 40-seat dining room, sparely decorated and warm, features concrete floors, rustic dark woods, and gray walls. Outside, an intimate patio offers additional seating for 18.

On the Side

The Italian phrase in bocca al lupo, or “in the wolf’s mouth,” is an expression of good luck.

Accolades

  • Best Italian: Reader's Choice, Best of Atlanta 2016- Creative Loafing
  • The Hottest Tasting Menus in Atlanta 2015 - Zagat
  • Atlanta’s Best for Homemade Pasta 2015 – Zagat
  • 38 Essential Atlanta Restaurants 2015 - Eater Atlanta
  • Three stars from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2014
  • 50 Best Restaurants 2014 – Atlanta Magazine
  • Zagat rating of 25 out of 30

Menu for BoccaLupo

Dinner Menu

Antipasti

  • Elijay farm egg, speck, White asparagus, butterbeans, green garlic
    $13.00
  • Calamari in Sicilian tomato brodetto with pine nuts and caperberries
    $11.00
  • B sprouts & smoked bacon, sherry vinegar, jalapeno, buffalo gorgonzola
    $8.00
  • Octopus & mortadella spiedino, shell beans, escarole, marsala
    $12.00
  • Iowa prosciutto, piadina, my ricotta, pineapple mostarda
    $12.00
  • Roman fried cauliflower, mint, capers, Meyer lemon
    $9.00
  • Mixed lettuces, peppered goat cheese, radish, turmeric, Asian pear
    $10.00
  • Pasta makers Caesar, little gems, oaked fish sauce, bottarga, parm
    $10.00
  • Smoked porchetta bruschetta, tuscan artichokes, thai basil, salata
    $11.00
  • GA. Shrimp fritto misto, green vidalias, broccolini, fried lemon
    $13.00

Pasta

Baked & Risotto

  • Green garlic risotto with favas, sugar snaps & vidalias
    $19.00
  • Wild boar & eggplant baked penne, pomodoro, sprout & parm salad
    $19.00
  • Crispy white lasagna, fontina fondutta, watercress
    $16.00
  • Southern fried chicken parm with creamy escarole & strano
    $19.00

Fresh

  • Hand rolled garganelli, chicken & veal ragu, borlotti beans, escarole
    $15.00
  • Wide pappardelle, bolognese gravy, American parm
    $15.00
  • 20 yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, Tuscan kale Kimchi & butter
    $19.00
  • Chicken liver ravioli with butter beans, ramps & parm
    $18.00

Extruded

  • BoccaLupo ramen, collard/pork brodo, poached egg, boiled p-nut
    $18.00
  • Big penne, pomodoro, Mambo’s basil, my ricotta
    $14.00
  • Black spaghetti, hot calabrese sausage, red shrimp, scallions
    $19.00
  • Bucatini, smoked bacon, red onion, thick pomodoro, pecorino
    $16.00
  • Linguini, caramelized sprouts & broccolini, lemon, capers, asiago
    $16.00

After Pasta

  • Wes’s gelato & our cookies
    $6.00
  • Huckleberry panna cotta, cookie crumbs
    $8.00
  • Gina D’s zeppole, chocolate budino sauce
    $7.00
  • Pulled EVOO pound cake, meyer lemon curd, rhubarb, maraschino cherry
    $8.00
  • Maria’s cocoa cake, squid ink buttercream, whipped ricotta, pecans
    $7.00

Beverages

  • Sparkling water
    $2.50
  • Soft drinks & iced tea
    $2.00
  • Coffee, hot tea & Espresso
    $3.00
  • Cappuccino & Iced Latte
    $4.00

Bar Menu

Sparkling

  • Borgoluce, Prosecco
    $45.00
  • Ferrari, Brut Rose
    $63.00
  • Vecchia Modena Lambrusco
    $42.00
  • La Scolca, Sparkling Cortese
    $9.00
    $34.00

Italy Whites

  • Livon, Pinot Grigio, Collio, 2011 Fruili
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • I Clivi, Fruilano ,Collio, 2011 Fruili
    $47.00
  • Coppo, La Rocca, Gavi, Cortese, 2012 Piedmont
    $8.00
    $32.00
  • Theor, Chardonnay, 2011 Veneto
    $10.00
    $44.00
  • Gini, Soave Classico, Garganega, 2011 Veneto
    $12.00
    $44.00
  • Russolo, Muller Thurgau, 2010 Veneto
    $7.00
    $28.00
  • Rocca Delle Macie, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2012 Tuscany
    $38.00
  • Castello Di Magione, Monterone, Grechetto, 2011 Lazio
    $11.00
    $42.00
  • Mastroberadino, Greco, 2012 Campania
    $9.00
    $36.00
  • Planeta, Chardonnay, 2010 Sicily
    $78.00

Everything Else

  • Hetszolo, Tokaji Furmint, 2011 Hungary
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Domaine Laffourcade, Chenin Blanc, 2010 Savennieres, France
    $55.00
  • Seamus, Pearl, Pinot Gris, Central Coast, CA
    $54.00
  • The G Spot, Vermentino/Field Blend, CA
    $38.00
  • J. Dusi, Pinot Grigio, 2012 Paso Robles, CA
    $32.00
  • Loveblock, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand
    $44.00

Beers

  • New Holland, Full Circle, Kolsch-style, Holland, MI
    $5.00
  • Allagash White, Belgian Style Wheat, Portland, ME
    $6.25
  • Anderson Valley, ‘Summer Solstice’, Summer Wheat, Boonville, CA
    $4.25
  • Victory, Prima Pils, Pilsner, Downington, PA
    $5.75
  • Original Sin Cider, New York, NY
    $5.50
  • Three Taverns, Single Intent, Belgian-style Single, Decatur, Ga
    $5.50
  • Westbrook, One Claw, Rye Pale Ale, Mt. Pleasant, SC
    $5.25
  • Smuttynose, Finestkind, IPA, Portsmouth, NH
    $5.75
  • Wild Heaven, Ode to Mercy, Imperial Brown Ale, Decatur, GA
    $6.00
  • Finch’s, Black IPA, 16oz can, Chicago, IL
    $7.00
  • North Coast, Old Rasputin, Russian Imp. Stout, Fort Bragg, CA
    $6.75
  • Dogfish Head, Palo Santo Marron, Aged Brown Ale, Milton, DE
    $8.00
  • Peroni, Italian Lager
    $4.50
  • Miller High Life, 16oz cans, Milwaukee, WI
    $3.50

Rose

  • Parusso, Rose, Nebbiolo, 2011 Piedmont
    $9.00
    $34.00
  • Le Morette, Corvina/Rondinella/Molinara, 2012 Veneto
    $42.00

Italy Reds

  • Riva Leone, Barbera, 2011 Piedmont
    $7.00
    $28.00
  • Mauro Franchino, Nebbiolo, Gattinara 2005 Piedmont
    $72.00
  • Pio Cesare, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, 2008 Piedmont
    $105.00
  • Bussola, Valpolicella Ripasso, Rondinella/Molinara, 2009 Veneto
    $62.00
  • Ammiraglia, Cabernet/Cab Franc, Maremma, 2012 Tuscany
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Campi Nuovi, Sangiovese/Cabernet/Merlot, 2011 Tuscany
    $13.00
    $52.00
  • Frescobaldi, Pomino, Pinot Nero, 2008 Tuscany
    $65.00
  • Biondi Santi, Sassoalloro, Sangiovese Grosso, 2009 Tuscany
    $64.00
  • Poggio Antico, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, 2008 Tuscany
    $125.00
  • Niro, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, 2008 Abruzzo
    $9.00
    $36.00
  • Kajanero, Pallagrello Nero/Casavecchia/Pizzutella, 2011 Campania
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Mastroberadino, Aglianico, Taurasi, 2007 Campania
    $100.00
  • Sella & Mosca, Cannonau, 2009 Sardegna
    $42.00
  • Tasca, Lamuri, Nero d’Avola, 2011 Sicily
    $42.00
  • Castelluccimiano, Maravita, Perricone, 2008 Sicily
    $110.00
  • Donnafugata, Mille e Una Notte, Nero d’Avola, 2007 Sicily
    $190.00

Everything Else

  • Lorinon, Tempranillo/Graciano, Rioja, 2009 Spain
    $11.00
    $42.00
  • Cooper Hill, Pinot Noir, 2012 Willamette Valley, OR
    $10.00
    $40.00
  • Pazzo, Sangiovese/Cabernet, 2012 Napa Valley, CA
    $66.00
  • Bacio Divino,Cabernet, Beckstoffer To Kalon, 2010 Napa Valley, CA
    $140.00
  • Nadia, Cabernet, 2011 Santa Barbera, CA
    $38.00
  • Sur de los Andes, Malbec, 2012 Argentina
    $9.00
    $36.00
  • William Fevre, Espino, Carmenere, 2009 Maipo Valley, Chile
    $41.00

Cocktails

  • The Kirkwood Bully New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, Barolo Chinato, Aperol
    $11.00
  • Green Jacket Peach-tea Bourbon, King’s Ginger, lemon
    $10.00
  • Oaxaca Flaka Flame Sombra Mezcal, 3 London Dry gin, Cocchi Americano, Lavender bitters
    $12.00
  • Elizabeth Inspired Uncle Val’s Botanical gin, clove simple, Scrappy’s cardamom bitters
    $11.00
  • Before Sunrise Alma Reposado Tequila, Casoni 1814, June, lemon, orange and grapefruit bitters
    $11.00
  • The Siren Barolo Chinato, Tito’s Vodka, lemon, Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters, Fevertree Gingerale
    $10.00
  • The Tourist Knickerbocker Gin, Antica Formula, Aperol, prosecco, lemon, Regan’s Orange Bitters
    $12.00
  • The Pirates Of Dark Water Ron Zacapa rum, Zucca, brown sugar-squid ink simple, mezcal rinse, salted candied ginger rim
    $14.00
  • Old Soul Pusser’s Navy Rum, Cynar, Sombra Mezcal
    $10.00

753 Edgewood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Modern, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (404) 577-2332
  • Private Dining Room: No