When I was 10 years old and on my first trip to Europe, it was the bits of America that I found across the pond that I remembered most.
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An Atlanta institution since 1974, Alfredo’s remains a popular spot for authentic Italian cuisine wrapped in an old-school atmosphere. Highlights include stuffed mushrooms, escargot and fettuccine alfredo. The dimly lit dining room usually bustles with regulars, so reservations are highly recommended. : 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. 1989 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta, 404-876-1380. $-$$
The 800-pound gorilla of Atlanta pizza, Antico has become the gold standard against which other Neapolitan pies in town are judged, and they consistently turn out some of the best pizzas in the Southeast. Regardless of the night of the week, you may have trouble finding a seat in the dining room/kitchen. But if you do, make sure to try the spicy Diavola pizza, topped with sopressata, bufala and peppers. 11:30 a.m. to when the dough runs out, Mondays-Saturdays. 1093 Hemphill Ave., Atlanta. 404-724-2333. $-$$
Started as a small bakery and take-out pizza shop, Alpine Bakery & Trattoria in Alpharetta’s Crabapple district evolved into a full-service destination for Italian cuisine. Though the New York style pizza and Stromboli remain staples on the expanded menu, an order of crab carbanara or hand-rolled gnocchi showcase the kitchen’s real talents. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, noon- 9 p.m. Sundays. 12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta, 770-410-9883. $$
Rating: Fair (0 of 5 stars)
Food: Upscale family-style Italian
Service: Spotty, depends heavily on the server
Best dishes: stick to the pizzas and pastas
Vegetarian selections: multiple salads and most pastas
Price range: $$
Credit cards: all major credit cards
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 11p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
Children: older children should be fine
Parking: free for 2 hours in Emory Point parking deck
Wheelchair access: yes
Noise level: low to medium
Address, phone: 1540 Avenue Place Suite B-280, Atlanta, 678-608-4210