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.
Bar Seating Offers View of Pastry Station
Upholstered chairs line a bar for a front row view of the pastry station. A metal planter is incorporated into the live-edge countertop, bringing a touch of the outdoors inside.
More international offerings just outside of Atlanta, the French destination pastry and coffee spot Cafe Vendome has two locations and is filled with expats enjoying some of the best croissants, eclairs, caneles, Madeline, macarons and a French take on the petit fours in the city. Run by an engineer-turned-patisserie owner, Cafe Vendome is the product of extensive research into French bread and pastry-making and a kitchen helmed by a Brittany native. Grab a locally-famous baguette on your way out, or a selection of breakfast pastries to wake up to or just enjoy lunch and pastries in-house.
Valentine's Day Croissant
A flaky croissant bun served with salted butter and raspberry jam is a deliciously-decadent morning treat.
Whip up a batch of apple dumplings for a crowd-pleasing dessert. Pastry-wrapped apples nestled into a sweet caramel sauce aren’t difficult to make. They hold their own when served as dessert at an elegant dinner or cozy family supper. The secret to success is to use a pastry that contains butter and egg yolk. That blend is pliable enough to make wrapping apples a breeze. (Pastry with shortening is too short and tends to break.) Serve warm apple dumplings solo, or pair with ice cream, milk or cream. If you don’t want to gobble all the pastry calories, try your hand at making baked apples (baked whole apples with skins on). They’re decadent enough for even the sweetest tooth in your gang.
Contemporary Black and White Courtyard with Neutral Tables
The outdoor courtyard at Magnolia Table has new tables, a covered pavilion, and a walk-up window to order coffee and pastries while you wait, as seen on Fixer Upper.
This quaint butler's pantry holds all the accessories needed to host a party, including glass dispensers, pastry stands and small plates. There's even a coffee maker to prepare your morning or afternoon coffee.
Back in the kitchen at Magnolia Farms, Joanna tries out numerous recipes and combinations in an effort to hone the selection of cupcakes and pastries to be offered at the new bakery. Chip generously offers to assist.
Explore this city of trees with a walk or bike ride through Alpharetta's Big Creek Greenway. Tote along a gourmet picnic lunch from Wildflour Cafe and gem-like pastries from Collet French Pastry Cafe or rent an electric bike from Pedego Alpharetta, a great way to keep older and younger riders on an even keel. The beauty of an electric bike, beyond the thrill factor, is you can go further and last longer, tackle hills with ease and then reward yourself with a stop at a local brewery along the way.
White Kitchen With Matte Glass Tile Backsplash
This Hamptons kitchen called for a backsplash that was luxurious but not overly ornate. Matte glass tile was the perfect choice, complementing the white in the granite countertops and offsetting the sweetness of the pastry pattern valance above.
10 Ways to Take Holiday Entertaining Outdoors: Coffee and Breakfast Cart
Repurpose a bar or garden cart into a rolling breakfast station complete with gourmet coffees and a variety of newspapers. It's the perfect time of year to loll away the morning over the paper, sipping hot java and noshing freshly baked pastries.