Il Giallo Osteria and Bar in Sandy Springs is a chef-forward Italian experience located close to all of Atlanta's action but with the unusual appeal of plenty of free parking (yes, it is a big deal in this valet and paid parking-crazy town) in a handsome, open space. Chef and co-owner Jamie Adams features fresh, homemade pasta in his open-kitchen for diners who enjoy a little cooking show entertainment with their meal. Adams' agnolotti with brown butter and sage has been featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, but there are plenty of other culinary delights on offer including polpette turkey and duck meatballs, a distinctive calamari studded with capers, and a short rib ravioli and a rotating cast of pasta dishes that make this a local favorite. With a talented pastry chef onboard, desserts are just as notable and some of the stars of the show, including the strawberry jam and mascarpone strawberry pizza, bomboloni and a decadent hazelnut bar like a European candy bar with a haute twist.
The two-tiered marble island in this Italian kitchen has baskets for vegetables and spices, a sink and plenty of room for food prep. Bricked archways painted with Italian frescoes create a grand passage from living room to kitchen. Among the frescoes are handpicked yellow and blue tiles that create a unique patchwork backsplash throughout the space.
For guests who have an appetite for comfort food, what could be more welcoming than Italian fare in this sun-washed Mediterranean dining room? The 19th century elm dining table has ornately-turned legs surrounded by Old World dining chairs.
An Italian-inspired backsplash glows within the arch-shaped opening of an ornate wood surround in this traditional kitchen. Perfect for the chef in the family, a large island with a stone countertop provides extra space for food preparation or extra seating beneath three striking pendant lights.
An Italian market and restaurant in one, Atlanta's Bellina Alimentari in the Ponce City Market food hall is a great place to grab some charcuterie and cheese for a picnic lunch or linger over some pasta and selections from the impressive, adventurous wine list. Italian wines are the focus here, but ridiculously knowledgable manager Catherine Secrest makes an effort to expand the horizons of diners with a well-curated selection of both natural wines and some very interesting orange wines, many sourced from small family farms in Italy. Italian-focused spritzes and amari-based cocktails continue the La Dolce Vita theme.
Cheeky visual artist Vik Muniz often creates artwork out of unexpected materials: trash, chocolate, dust, sugar and in the case of his Medusa Plate, pasta marinara. This "Untitled" ceramic plate is based on one of Muniz's photographs which recreates Italian artist Caravaggio's "Medusa." Have some fun by using this as a serving plate that will reveal its image once the food is removed! BUY IT: $250