Piastra on Marietta Square

piastra1 I love the cozy feel of a small town…and Marietta Square has that feel, especially during the Holidays.  I recently visited Piastra for an Italian feast.  Manja!! Chef Greg Lipman and his family recently acquired the space and are now turning out true Italian with a spin on some dishes that will have you coming back. Chef Greg guided us through the menu along with a trio of servers who treated us as Italian royalty!  Mom Betty was on hand too.  I asked her where she found Chef Greg and she replied “I knew him 9 months before he knew me! He’s my son!!”  Here’s a look at what we enjoyed: IMG_0237ab

Arrancini – Risotto balls stuffed with Provolone cheese, breaded and fried with Oregano Garlic Oil. Perfect.


-Mozzarella Scottato – House made fresh Mozzarella, breaded and sauteed, topped with marinated Grape Tomatoes!


-Trio of Pizzas – Margharita, Salsicca, and Pepperoni


-Grilled Pork Flatiron with Polenta cake, Grilled Rapini, Charred Apples and Apple Cider Agridolce (YUM!)


-Indentro – Inside out giant Ravioli, Roasted Tomato pasta, stuffed with house made Burratta Mozzarella, tossed with Basil Pesto White Wine Sauce  (This was amazing!)


-Rigatoni Domenica – Rigatoni pasta tossed with house made Fennel sausage, Calabrese Chilies, Shallots, Marsala and a touch of Pomodoro finished with a dot of cream and Pecorino cheese. This was one of my favorites!! You’ll truly love that bite!! Noodles cooked just right too.

We also enjoyed a couple of more menu items but couldn’t stop eating to take the pictures!!

-Calamari Fritti – Fresh Fried Calamari served with Lemon Garlic Aioli and Roasted Red Pepper sauce
-Baccalao – Soft Cured Cod, Baked with Cippolini Onions, Calabrese Peppers, White Wine, Fingerling potatoes and wilted spinach.

Piastra  supports local farms and purveyors and make as much from scratch as possible.  It’s food made with love! Piastra is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday.

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Eight Sushi Lounge Atlanta

eightsushi_logosushi8_diningroom1An evolution in Sushi has arrived in Atlanta!  Eight Sushi Lounge  located at 930 Howell Mill Rd in The Brady building of West Midtown.  This family owned business wanted to “open a sushi restaurant that challenged the role of traditional sushi experiences in Atlanta.”  And how they have! On a recent visit we experienced the Eight sushi sensation our friends had raved about.  Each dish engaged our senses from presentation and visual appearance to taste and texture.  Every dish was a masterpiece on a plate begging for a spot on the food runway and all smiles for the camera.  Executive Chef Handy Ho (a Georgia State grad!) and team use traditional sushi dishes as inspiration to craft the menu at Eight Sushi Lounge.  The history of this culinary family is long steeped in tradition.  Their restaurant “Rice” in Cumming GA is a favorite among locals and critics alike.

Eight Sushi Lounge bar is led by Japanese Craft Mixologist Ryan Leal hails from New York with over 10 years in the mixology industry.  There is a wide selection of wine, sake (20 different varieties of premium sake to choose from!), beer and cocktails to wet any palate.  Try the Eight Sake created through a relationship with a Sake Sommelier. (Who knew!)

Two of my favorite dishes include the Tuna Crisp with Ponzu Mayo, Silver Sweet Red Onion and Truffle Oil.  Looking like a mini tuna pizza this is one you won’t share!



And for those who prefer the ambience and style of Eight Sushi (without the sushi) will relish in the Miso Steak.  Tender, succulent ribeye steak glazed with miso compote and served along side seasonal vegetables.  Order two!



Eight Sushi Lounge is open seven nights a week for dinner and drinks. Put this at the top of your Holiday list!


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