These are busy days of late on the Midtown Mile near the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets where a trio of businesses have been preparing to open their doors.
In fact, Midtown’s newest restaurant, La Tagliatella, opened for business on Wednesday marking the European-based Italian restaurant concept's first restaurant in the United States.
Serving lunch and dinner daily, La Tagliatella is located at the Shops at Metropolis at 919 Peachtree St. The company operates more than 130 restaurants across Europe and Asia, but Midtown is now home to the brand’s flagship in the U.S., with a second location set to open soon at Emory Point near Decatur.
Just across the street on Tuesday, the owners of the new sandwich shop, Villains, were busy with workers preparing for their February opening in the former Little Azio space at 903 Peachtree. Little Azio closed its doors for good over the weekend and a sign for the hero sandwich concept is already in the window.
And across the way at 900 Peachtree St., workers are making way for a new dental office scheduled to open in early 2013 in the former clothing and accessories boutique My! My! My! Atlanta that closed this past summer.
But back to La Tagliatella, where server training sessions were witnessed being being conducted Tuesday, while workers were busy putting on the finishing exterior touches to the former Silk restaurant at the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets.
A press release indicates it will be showcasing traditional Italian recipes made with the highest quality ingredients, while offering Atlantans a relaxed-yet-distinctive atmosphere. La Tagliatella’s signature menu features a variety of authentic dishes including more than 400 pasta and sauce combinations and several unique Napoletano-style pizzas, all created with the finest key ingredients imported from the northern region of Italy.
“We’re thrilled to introduce this popular Italian concept to Atlantans. The thriving Midtown neighborhood is an ideal location for our United States debut,” Mike Muldoon, president of La Tagliatella, LLC, said in the release. “Europeans have been enjoying the unique cuisine, warm hospitality and generosity of La Tagliatella for the past two decades; now Americans can enjoy them, too.”
More from the press release:
La Tagliatella draws inspiration from Italy’s rustic culinary traditions with a menu focused on fresh ingredients and eclectic flavors. The culinary experience begins with antipasti appetizers including traditional creations such as provoletta baked with sautéed zucchini and Sole di Puglia tomatoes; carpaccio di bistecca with beef tenderloin and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano; and tominata, a unique cheese wrapped in speck and dressed with honey and Balsamic vinegar.
Main entrées infuse the genuine tastes of Italy with artisan homemade flavors. Guests can choose from several meat and vegetarian options including spiedino Napoletano with skewered pork tenderloin, Sole di Puglia tomatoes and Balsamic onions layered with fresh whole-leaf basil and served with a special Tagliatella sauce and fried gnocchi; lasagna verde with spinach, sweet tomato, zucchini, raisins and pine nuts; risotto al salame served in a cream sauce with a blend of sausage, seasonal vegetables and pine nuts; and one of La Tagliatella’s signatures which pairs coure di zucca butternut squash-filled pasta with noci e Gorgonzola sauce with walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.
The generous servings embody the essence of traditional Italian cuisine and are ideal for sharing among the table.
At center stage of the restaurant is a pizza kitchen where more than 20 unique Napoletano-style pizzas are handcrafted. Guests looking for a traditional Italian pizza can select from a wide array of distinctive offerings such as di pate pizza with foie gras, duck ham, Taleggio cheese and mushrooms topped with a wine-and-caramelized onion reduction, as well as Tagliatella pizza with pesto, onion, red peppers, mushrooms, Taleggio cheese, Tuscan bacon and sautéed spinach. For diners with more adventurous tastes, unique selections including the bold salume pizza with tomato, mozzarella and chorizo dressed with a fresh-cracked egg and oregano are sure to please. All of La Tagliatella’s pizzas are created with fresh dough handmade each day and baked to perfection, creating a thin, crispy and light pizza crust.
A welcome addition to Atlanta’s happy hour and late night scene, La Tagliatella offers a variety of Italian-inspired cocktails making it the perfect place to end the workday or enjoy the weekend. Specialty cocktail selections include “ambrato” with Old Overhold rye, Dolin Rouge, peach puree, peach bitters and lemon; “mulo Siciliano” with Ketel One vodka, blood orange juice, fresh lime and Barritts ginger beer; and the cabernet sauvignon blended “sangria Emilia” with blood orange syrup, pineapple juice, brandy and fresh blackberries. La Tagliatella also offers 50 selections of wine by the bottle and 26 by the glass, as well as several bottled and draft beers.
Popular among European diners, the décor at La Tagliatella restaurants in Europe exemplifies a setting in Italy with heavily wooded walls, ceilings and floors to mimic a northern Italian home. For the U.S. debut of the concept, acclaimed Atlanta firm ai3 assisted European designers of DecoRetro to create a special ambiance with a rich tapestry of textures, colors and patterns. This authentic style mirrors the Old World culture and traditions, transporting guests to a real and true experience of European dining.
La Tagliatella will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Midtown location can be reached at 678.608.3188, and the Emory Point location can be reached at 678.608.4210. For more information, please visit www.latagliatella.us or www.facebook.com/latagliatellaUSA.