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Fry’s St. Cecilia to Open January 13

The newest restaurant from Chef Ford Fry is set to open on January 13th. St. Cecilia, located at the corner of Peachtree and Lenox Roads in Buckhead, will feature a menu inspired by northern Italian coastal flavors.

St CeciliaThe name pays tribute to the patron saint of music (and Fry’s love of music), as well as the sirens of Greek mythology who lured in mariners.

The menu created by Fry and executive chef Brian Horn draws from the cuisine of the southern European coast.

“When we started creating dishes for St. Cecilia, we were inspired by the cooking techniques used in the area of Genoa, Italy, the Ligurian coast, the day to day fishing, home-style pasta making – nothing too fancy, just really simple,” said Fry.

Dishes include salt cod beignets; bucatini with Jonah crab, Serrano chili and garlicky crumbs; fluke crudo with blood orange, pink grapefruit, Castelvetrano olive and EVOO; and veal rib chop with cipollini onions, mushroom, pancetta and Madeira.

The dessert menu created by pastry chef Chrysta Poulos is also inspired by Italy, with treats like the panini di gelato, an ice cream sandwich with pizzelle cookies; bomboloni doughnuts filled with housemade ricotta; and zabaglione gelato.

To complement the food, there are European-inspired aperitifs, craft cocktails and a 200-bottle wine list.

For those looking for a post-work or pre-dinner drink, there is a spacious bar and cocktail lounge.

St. Cecilia is located adjacent to the Pinnacle Building. The restaurant will offer dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Valet parking is available.

Ford Fry’s other acclaimed restaurants are JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, The Optimist and King + Duke.

St. Cecilia, 3455 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. (404) 554-9995.

Pasta Making Classes at Cucina Asellina

Ever wanted to know the secrets to making delicious pasta? Now is your chance to learn from the best!

Asellina Pasta Making ClassChef de Cuisine Andrea Montobbio of Cucina Asellina is offering a five-week series of hands-on pasta making classes at the modern Midtown Italian restaurant. During the two-hour class on Wednesday nights Chef Montobbio will provide an introduction to the process, tools and techniques to make handmade pasta.

Starting from scratch with flour, semolina and eggs, guests will learn how to create favorites like spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli, tagliatelle and gnocchi. It’ll be the most fun you’ll have while getting messy! (Don’t worry, aprons are provided.)

Asellina PastaThe evening includes Italian wines and a three-course meal prepared by Chef Montobbio featuring the pasta created during the class.

The classes kick off on Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm. Each class is limited to eight people, and reservations are necessary. Attendance is $75 per person, or $600 for all eight spots. It’s perfect for a date night or a girls’ or guys’ night out.

Upcoming Wednesday classes and featured pastas include:

November 13th at 7pm — Egg Pasta and Tagliatelle
November 20th at 7pm — Spaghetti and Fettuccine
December 4th at 7pm — Ravioli and Stuffed Pasta
December 11th at 7pm — Potato Gnocchi and Flavored Gnocchi
December 18th at 7pm — Garganelli Bow Tie Pasta and Orecchiette

To reserve your spot call Cucina Asellina at (404) 793-0141. For more information on the restaurant visit

Pasta Making Classes at Cucina Asellina, Wednesdays starting on November 13th. 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309.

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Dining Atlanta: Week of August 12, 2013

It’s the return of Dining Atlanta, a round up of news and events from the city’s chefs and restaurants, organized by neighborhood.

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Alma Cocina is adding a little spice to the regular work-week lunch with Tamale Tuesdays. Every Tuesday beginning at 11:30am Chef Chad Clevenger will park Tamale Tuesdaysthe restaurant’s food cart in front of Alma in the atrium of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower to sell his award-winning pork and veggie tamales. The vegetable tamale is made with mushrooms and zucchini, smoked tomato sauce, crema and charred corn salsa. The pork tamale includes braised pork shoulder, bacon-corn masa, green chile sauce, crema and pico de gallo. Tamales are sold individually for $7 or as a combo with chips, salsa and a beverage for $8.50. The tamales are only made in limited quantities, so once Chef sells out, he packs up the food cart until the following Tuesday.
191 Peachtree Street NE, (404) 968-9662.


Diners looking to get closer to the culinary action at King + Duke can now reserve a spot at the new Chef’s Counter. Seated in front of the 24-foot open hearth, diners can enjoy a special five-course tasting menu created by executive chef Joe Schafer and his team. The cost is $75 per person and the menu changes daily. Reservations are available nightly at 6pm and 8:45pm Each seating can accommodate two parties of two. The restaurant will note any dietary restrictions at the time the reservation is made.
3060 Peachtree Road, (404) 477-3500.

Seven Lamps is introducing a couple of new dining specials. Mondays through Fridays from 5pm to 7pm enjoy $1 oysters and $3 “champagne” (Miller High Life beer-tails). To end the weekend check out the new chicken and waffles dinner special. Every Sunday from 5 to 10pm executive chef Drew Van Leuvan will serve juicy fried chicken, cheddar waffles plus a side, which will change each week. A half chicken portion is $16 and a whole chicken is $28.
3400 Around Lenox Road, (404) 467-8950.

Inman Park

The Albert is now serving weekend brunch. The menu, created by executive chef Shaun Whitmer, features traditional brunch dishes with a southern twist, light and healthy options, and more, complimented by a new signature cocktail menu. Patrons can enjoy dine-in or take-out brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
918 Austin Avenue NE, (404) 872-4990.


Cucina Asellina has a new extended happy hour. Monday through Friday, 5pm to 7pm enjoy $3 draft beers, $6 drinks and $5 select light bites.
1075 Peachtree Street, (404) 793-0141.

lobster boilLure will be offering a special limited-time-only lobster menu. From August 19th through 23rd Lure will offer the $60, 3-course, prix fixe lobster menu in addition to the regular dinner menu. The meal will include a chilled lobster salad with champagne vinaigrette; boiled 1 ½ lb lobster dinner with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob; and blueberry buckle with vanilla buttermilk ice cream for dessert. Reservations are suggested.

Additionally, Lure will bid aloha to summer from Lure Luau2pm to 4pm on Saturday, August 31st with a unique luau experience. Guests will be greeted on the patio with a lei while the sounds of the ukulele fill the air. The patio will be decorated with tiki torches and tropical flora. Boozy Hawaiian punch, Singapore Slings and Blue Hawaiians will be flowing. Executive Chef David Bradley and his culinary team will prepare traditional Polynesian dishes including Ahi Tuna Pole Lettuce Wraps, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pork Lau Lau Steamed Buns, Whole Roasted Fish, Hawaiian Potato Salad, Coconut Rice, Coconut Cream Pie and a Fresh Fruit Mountain. A limited number of tickets are available and cost $45 each, including tax and gratuity. Click here to purchase tickets online.
1106 Crescent Avenue NE, (404) 817-3650.

Park 75 Lounge at the Four Seasons Atlanta is offering a taste of “Southern Summer” with food and drink specials daily during August. From 5 to 7pm Park 75 Lounge will offer Southern-Fried Okra for $5 and Arnold Palmer cocktails for $6. The cocktail incorporates vodka into a mix of lemonade and iced tea.
75 14th Street, (404) 253-3840.

West Midtown

Bone Lick BBQ will be celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, August 24th. The all-day bash kicks off at 12pm and features live music, DJs, a dunk tank, classic arcade games, drinking and eating competitions and more. Free to attend. Bone Lick’s full menu created by award-winning pit master Mike LaSage will also be available throughout the day and night.
1133 Huff Road, (404) 343-6574.

Congratulations to The Optimist, which was named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Click here to read the article.
914 Howell Mill Road, (404) 477-6260.

Outside Atlanta


No. 246 is hosting a Backyard BBQ on Sunday, August 25th and has invited some nearby establishments to join the fun. Sous chef Andrew Isabella and Colin Miles of Leon’s Full Service will be roasting pork on a Big Green Egg. There will also be beers from Decatur’s Three Taverns Brewery including Single Intent (a lighter-bodied blonde ale) and A Night in Brussels (a Belgian-style American IPA). The new craft brewery takes an open-minded American approach to Belgian-style beers. The Backyard BBQ is from 4 to 7pm and will feature live music from Jason Pomar starting at 5pm. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are not available.
129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, (678) 399-8246.


Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, a fast casual pizza chain with locations in six states, will have an opening party for its new Marietta location on Saturday, August 17th. The East Cobb County location is the 18th Uncle Maddio’s. The the Uncle Maddio'srestaurant will serve free 9-inch, three topping, fully-customizable pizzas to all customers in line from 11am to 2pm. One patron in line will be awarded free pizza for a year. The opening party will include face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are customizable, made-to-order and served up in just seven minutes for under $7. Uncle Maddio’s offers four sizes, three types of crusts including gluten-free, six sauces and nearly 50 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free.
4101 Roswell Road, Suite 1100, Marietta, (678) 324-3590.


Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar is turning 12 years old with a week-long celebration featuring a special three-course menu. From August 14th through 21st, the menu costing $20.01 per person will includes a tasting plate, Aqua blueentree and dessert. Throughout the anniversary week the restaurant will present each table with a thank you card containing surprises such as 10% off, free appetizer, free entrée and $50 gift cards. On Wednesday, August 21, Aqua blue will host an anniversary party with live music from band Open the Skye, plus complimentary cake and a champagne toast. Every guest will receive a raffle ticket that evening for a chance to win free dinner for a year. In addition to its anniversary, the restaurant is also commemorating the recent start of weekday lunch service and longtime chef Kien Sam becoming an operating partner.
1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. (770) 643-8886.

Cucina Asellina Celebrates First Anniversary

Happy anniversary Cucina Asellina! The modern Italian restaurant is celebrating one year in Midtown Atlanta.

Cucina AsellinaCucina Asellina is able to seamlessly bring together two seemingly opposing concepts. It’s hip and trendy, the kind of restaurant to kick off an evening on the town. Yet at the same time, you feel like you’re enjoying Italian home cooking.

It’s due in part to Chef de Cuisine Andrea Montobbio, who grew up in the Capriata d’Orba region in Northern Italy and studied at top Italian schools. Since moving to the United States at 21, Chef Montobbio has honed his skills at Atlanta restaurants including Pricci, The Mansion on Peachtree, and Taverna Fiorentina.

Start with the Seared Beef Carpaccio, which is served with arugula, pickled root vegetables and pink peppercorns. Or try the Scottish Salmon Tartare, which gets added freshness from sliced grapefruit. The house cured duck prosciutto is a standout in the chef’s selection of cured meats.beef carpacio, duck prosciutto, salmon tartare

You’ll never go wrong with the Meatballs, made with veal, pork and beef, and served in a tasty tomato sauce (don’t worry, there’s plenty of bread for dipping).meatballs

Whether you’re a first time diner or a regular, you’ll want to try one of Chef Montobbio’s pastas. Made in house, each offers a tempting combination of flavors and textures.

The Square Spaghetti is as fun to eat as it is to look at. A simple preparation lets the freshness of the ingredients shine.

The filling in the Burrata Ravioli is accented by oven-roasted tomatoes. Balsamic vinegar infused in the pasta gives it a unique dark color.pastasquare spaghetti, risotto

A highlight is the Risotto that, with the addition of Prosecco, is light enough to enjoy on the hottest of days.

The wine list offers a variety of Italian whites and reds that complement the food. The knowledgeable servers are helpful in offering guidance when selecting a glass or bottle.

For dessert, the Tiramisu is a top pick. Or try the Cannoli, which are filled with a decadently creamy filling of fresh sheep’s milk ricotta and Grand Marnier.tiramisu and cannoli

No experience at Cucina Asellina is complete without tasting the housemade Limoncello. Served ice cold, it’s wonderfully sweet and deceptively strong.limoncello and panna cotta

Make a reservation for lunch or dinner now — your mouth will be watering after looking at the photos below.

Cucina Asellina, 1075 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30309 (Midtown)

South City Kitchen Midtown Celebrates 20 Years

Happy anniversary South City Kitchen Midtown! This month the sophisticated southern restaurant is celebrating its 20th year.

SCK logoSince opening on Crescent Avenue in 1993, South City Kitchen Midtown has won numerous awards and continues to be regarded as one of the top dining spots in Atlanta. Located in a refurbished 1920s bungalow, South City Kitchen Midtown is a delicious destination for a number of occasions, from business lunches to romantic dinners, or a relaxing weekend brunch.

South City Kitchen Midtown patioSome of Atlanta’s favorite chefs spent time at South City Kitchen Midtown including Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s and Ted Lahey of Table & Main. Today it’s Executive Chef Chip Ulbrich who for the past five years has been putting his spin on mouthwatering dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and banana pudding.

“Part of the challenge here is honoring the 20-year history while keeping the cuisine relevant,” said Chef Ulbrich. “Local ingredients, Southern tradition and contemporary techniques help keep us at the forefront of the Atlanta dining South City Kitchen Midtownscene while consistently exceeding evolving expectations.”

Want to bring South City Kitchen into your own kitchen? Try this recipe for the restaurant’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Red Pepper Coulis (link opens in new window).

South City Kitchen Midtown is operated by Fifth Group Restaurants, which includes South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina and Lure, plus catering and design company Bold American Events.

South City Kitchen Midtown, 1144 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta 30309.
(404) 873-7358

New Food at Turner Field

When the Braves take the field for their season opener on April 1st there will be several new dining options for fans:

Turner FieldH&F Burger

If you’ve never been able to secure one of Holeman & Finch’s famous 10pm burgers you’ll have a much better chance at Turner Field. A limited number of burgers will be sold each game in Fan Plaza at the base of the BravesVision scoreboard and at a cart behind section 102 (near home plate). Want to skip the line? The Braves are offering 24 tickets that will let you jump to the front, making sure your craving for the double patties will be satisfied as soon as it hits. The seats are located in the outfield (sections 148L, 149R and 151L) and can be purchased online for $32 at


The Turner Field location of the upscale sports restaurant will offer crab cake sandwiches and sesame steak skewers. Located at section 216, on the Terrace Level.

Yicketty Yogurt & More

Offering self-serve frozen yogurt and slushies with a variety of flavors and toppings. Located in sections 206 and 316.

Other options to note:

The Chop House underwent an off-season renovation and will have new menu items including smoked pulled pork nachos, smoked cheddar sausage grinder and McCann’s Burger (also sold at stands near sections 216 and 231). In addition to new furniture and lighting, there is a bobblehead wall featuring more than 250 bobbleheads. The Chop House is located in center field.

Kevin Rathbun Steak, which debuted in the 2012 season, will again offer savory steak sandwiches at section 205 (behind home plate on the first base side).

Fetzer will be introducing a new line of wines that come in ready-to-serve, disposable wine glasses. The Crimson red blend and Quartz white blend come in 100% recyclable glasses developed by Zipz. Turner Field is one of seven major league ballparks to offer the single-serve wines, which are expected to hit retail stores this summer.

The Atlanta Braves open their 2013 season against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 1st at 7:10pm.