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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Is there anything more crave-worthy than Bruce Logue's 20-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi? We think not. This Inman Park treasure has been open for nearly five years and reservations are still mandatory.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

BoccaLupo
Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishesmore...
Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishes highlighting the season's freshest ingredients. The restaurant is perpetually packed, and not just for the food. A meticulously selected wine list and an expert craft cocktail menu kick the experience up all the notches. Choose a classic like Bolognese gravy atop tangled ribbons of pappardelle or go for Logue's ever-changing four-course pasta tasting with additions of uni, stone crab, ramps, and, sometimes, shaved truffles. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best culinary time machine BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
La Grotta Ristorante (Featured)
In 1982, one food critic described La Grotta as "simply the finest Italian restaurant in Atlanta and one of the city's best restaurants of any kind." The beef carpaccio and any dish made with veal were the restaurants specialties. For dessert, fresh berries and cream. Thirty years later, the veal, themore...
In 1982, one food critic described La Grotta as "simply the finest Italian restaurant in Atlanta and one of the city's best restaurants of any kind." The beef carpaccio and any dish made with veal were the restaurants specialties. For dessert, fresh berries and cream. Thirty years later, the veal, the carpaccio, and even the berries - although now they're served with vanilla gelato - are still the restaurant's mainstays. Sergio Favalli, along with chef Antonio Abizanda, opened La Grotta in 1978, and to this day, La Grotta is where they both remain. Longevity and consistency over the years set this time capsule of a restaurant apart from every other restaurant in the city. Where else can you find a chef on a 34-year run at the same restaurant? less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Runners-up:


Alfredo's Italian Restaurant


1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, www.alfredositalianrestaurant.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Runner-up
Alfredo's Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, alfredositalianrestaurant.com

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn’t conceded to the Americanization of Italian cuisine. Specifically: The food is never drowned in sauces or piled up in belt-loosening quantities. Risottos are undoubtedly the best in the city.more...
Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn’t conceded to the Americanization of Italian cuisine. Specifically: The food is never drowned in sauces or piled up in belt-loosening quantities. Risottos are undoubtedly the best in the city. Taste rules and pasta dishes are straightforward, often featuring seasonal ingredients. The roasted fish, boned tableside, is a favorite with many. Fantastic desserts, such as the chocolate soup and the golden panna cotta, also win over hearts and mouths. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant
313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678 http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com Riccardo Ullio, the owner and executive chef of SOTTO SOTTO in Inman Park, is a perfectionist who hasn

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
di Paolo
Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas,more...
Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas, especially the ravioli, are rich and satisfying but not too heavy, and meat dishes like veal parmigiana are among the best renditions of this style of cooking we’ve ever had. It’s as if they’re taking Italian-American favorites and re-Italianizing them. A fantastic wine list and scrumptious desserts let us know that the details are important to these folks, which is probably why the place is packed almost every night. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorinomore...
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorino and fresh fava beans explodes with summery flavor; the restaurant’s famed Tortelli di Michelangelo (ravioli stuffed with veal, chicken and pork in a butter and sage sauce) still thrill, as does the wine list of all-Italian vino. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
In five years, SOTTO SOTTO has transformed from a see-and-be-scene carnival to one of our city's culinary treasures. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you melt in your seat as you slowly spoon risotto with caramelized onions and aged balsamic vinegar into your mouth. The freeform lasagne is sublime - hell,more...
In five years, SOTTO SOTTO has transformed from a see-and-be-scene carnival to one of our city's culinary treasures. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you melt in your seat as you slowly spoon risotto with caramelized onions and aged balsamic vinegar into your mouth. The freeform lasagne is sublime - hell, every pasta dish here is sublime. The wine list provides a sound education in Italian vino. Oh, and the frightful din? Chef/owner Ricardo Ullio recently added sound-absorptive panels to the dining room. Now you're talkin'. "313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678. www.sottosottorestaurant.com" less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
If the last time you ate at SOTTO SOTTO the sound level split your ears and the service had just a tad bit too much 'tude, we've got good news for you: Things have changed. The rambunctious crowds have died down, particularly on weekdays, leaving you free to converse with your tablemates and dine onmore...
If the last time you ate at SOTTO SOTTO the sound level split your ears and the service had just a tad bit too much 'tude, we've got good news for you: Things have changed. The rambunctious crowds have died down, particularly on weekdays, leaving you free to converse with your tablemates and dine on the most succinctly composed Italian offerings in town. Risotto with caramelized onions and 12-year-old balsamic vinegar is a marvel of mouth-watering complexity. It's hard to find a dull pasta dish and the wood-roasted fish, a house specialty, is as subtle and tantalizing as ever. Servers offer amiable smiles these days. Should you happen to arrive at prime time, vie for one of the five quiet tables outside on the patio. "313 N. Highland Ave, 404-523-6678. www.sottosottorestaurant.com" less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Alfredo's Italian Restaurant

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
Once again, we begrudgingly bestow best Italian to frustrating but irresistibly authentic Inman Park trattoria SOTTO SOTTO. The cramped tables across the back wall are the least appealing in the city, and on weekends, one must literally shout to be heard. Come during the week, then, and feast on sublimemore...
Once again, we begrudgingly bestow best Italian to frustrating but irresistibly authentic Inman Park trattoria SOTTO SOTTO. The cramped tables across the back wall are the least appealing in the city, and on weekends, one must literally shout to be heard. Come during the week, then, and feast on sublime risottos whose ingredients shift with the seasons, and on wood-grilled fish served with roasted potatoes and garlicky greens. "313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678." less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant
313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678 Yes, we consider this controversial eatery our best Italian restaurant. We like the frenetic style, the sometimes goofy wait staff, the intense and passionate demeanor of owner Riccardo Ullio. We think the risottos are usually better than Viagra for stimulating eroticmore...
313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678 Yes, we consider this controversial eatery our best Italian restaurant. We like the frenetic style, the sometimes goofy wait staff, the intense and passionate demeanor of owner Riccardo Ullio. We think the risottos are usually better than Viagra for stimulating erotic interest. We love the pheasant with mostarda and just about any of the seasonal dishes. We hate the parking situation. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano's

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sotto Sotto Restaurant
In a town gone mad for Italian, this Inman Park restaurant is our favorite because of the menu of creative but straightforward dishes served in an informal but smart dining room. The staff doesn't change every two weeks and none of the servers behaves like recent rehab grads. The roasted baby chickenmore...
In a town gone mad for Italian, this Inman Park restaurant is our favorite because of the menu of creative but straightforward dishes served in an informal but smart dining room. The staff doesn't change every two weeks and none of the servers behaves like recent rehab grads. The roasted baby chicken and the risotti are our favorites (and we wish the hanger steak would return). But we also love the free-form raviolis and the chocolate soup. We love it all. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Maggiano's Little Italy
Pastas are often the best bet — and pasta specials usually even better — at these 1940-ish evocations of what looked like imported exotica a half-century ago. Handsomely gotten up with polished oak woodwork, heavy flatware, red-checked tablecloths and a menu longer than Florida's coastline, Maggiano'smore...
Pastas are often the best bet — and pasta specials usually even better — at these 1940-ish evocations of what looked like imported exotica a half-century ago. Handsomely gotten up with polished oak woodwork, heavy flatware, red-checked tablecloths and a menu longer than Florida's coastline, Maggiano's is a casual dinner-house chain from Chicago's super-successful Lettuce Entertain You group. You could do worse than order fried squid (skip the marinara), Maggiano's salad (with prosciutto, red onion and blue cheese), mushroom ravioli and broccoli with lemon and garlic. less...

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