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Overall rating: 2 of 5 stars
Food: European-inspired seasonal fare
Service: professional and helpful
Best dishes: beef carpaccio, grilled romaine, chocolate-cherry torte
Vegetarian selections: pasta, salad, goat cheese appetizer, pizza
Price range: $$$
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX
Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
Parking: yes, valet
Wheelchair access: yes
Noise level: loud when full
Address, phone: 40 Seventh St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-347-9555
Other dining options in this area:
This restaurant serving contemporary Southern fare is also owned by Fifth Group. Popular items include chef Chip Ulbrich’s takes on classic dishes like shrimp and grits, she crab soup, fried green tomatoes and banana pudding. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 1144 Crescent Ave., Atlanta. 404-873-7358. $$$.
Giovanni Di Palma, of Antico Pizza fame, opened Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano last December. Using a handful of ingredients, many imported from Italy, Di Palma has created a menu of seven chicken and four pasta dishes. Try the Scarpiello chicken, which inspired the popular San Gennaro pizza at Antico. Opens 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon Saturdays-Sundays. 1099 Hemphill Ave. N.W., Atlanta, 404-347-3874. $$.
This restaurant, owned by Hugh Acheson, serves a different brand of Southern fare. You’ll find a few riffs on classic Southern dishes like the pimento cheese and bacon marmalade or the boiled peanut hummus. The main thrust of the menu, however, explores new approaches to preparing Southern-grown and produced products. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both the coffee and wine programs merit attention. 7-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5:30-11 p.m. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Sundays. 999 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-541-1105. $$$.