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.
“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
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.
The Italian phrase in bocca al lupo, or “in the wolf’s mouth,” is an expression of good luck.
753 Edgewood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307