Many restaurants claim to have authentic Italian food in Atlanta, but few live up to the hype. One new eatery actually delivers on its promise: Storico Fresco serves traditional Italian meals that are impressively close to what you would eat in Italy.
This hidden Buckhead gem is great for a quick lunch or a casual dinner. Or both: Sit down to lunch and leave with your dinner. In addition to the restaurant, Storico Fresco also has a market of drool-worthy Italian goods, such as house-made pastas and sauces, cured meats and cheeses, imported olive oils, and full prepared meals like lasagna.
Plus, you’ll feel super European walking down the street with a fresh loaf of bread and some meat and cheese (even if it’s just to your car).
WHY GO: Because authentic Italian fare is hard to find, and this place comes pretty darn close to the real thing.
THE VIBE: Clean, minimalist, elegant. Plenty of natural light, with wooden tables and chairs in the middle and market goods around the perimeter.
DRINK THIS: The Italian 75! Prosecco and limoncello, it’s Storico Fresco’s answer to the traditional mimosa. If you like bourbon and ginger, the Fox & Hound cocktail is also very tasty.
EAT THIS: Anything that has mozzarella on it. Here’s why: Any time this particular cheese is mentioned on the menu, it’s buffalo mozzarella, which is so much better than any other kind.
You can’t go wrong if you start with the prosciutto and mozzarella plate. Of the antipasti plates, the meatballs are a pretty solid choice. And if you’re trying to eat more greens, get the mista salad.
For the pastas, you have two choices: Filled or unfilled. The menu starts with the latter, such as spaghetti, tagliatelle and rigatoni. The second half of the pasta menu is filled, including the pi fasaac and bertu options. All pastas are made in-house and are displayed in a counter, in case you prefer to see what you’re ordering.
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