I'll second the comment on the gnudi. It was outstanding. Love the wine list, too. It is very approachable. The only issue I had was the over zealous bar patrons crowding into my table which was unfortunately right beside the buzzing bar. If you don't want to be overtaken by the mass of beautifully tressed, manicured, and dressed women hoping to find the driver of one of exotic cars out front, you better ask for a table away from the bar.
re the Buckhead La Grotta.....Sure, you have to get past a really bizarre location (in like a 1950s era condo building the resembles my dentist office when I was a kid), and unless you're in your 80s, you'll be the youngest folks there, but my gosh, the food is ridiculously good. The service is unmatched in this city.
Anyone else notice how Jay Swift prowls around 4th and Swift checking to make sure everything is running to his liking? I really appreciate that degree of attention. I don't recall our host/hostess, but ultimately it didn't matter because the owner/chef was looking out for everyone in the dining room.
Deserved shout-outs? Yes, La Grotta Buckhead is ridiculously adept at making you feel special upon arrival and all the way thru the meal. Same goes for The Iberian Pig. Federico greets us everytime we go and swings by the table just to check on us throughout the meal. I've also been impressed at Paul's in Buckhead. Paul didn't seat us, but escorted us out at the end of the meal, and called us by name. Smooth dude that one. I guess he looked on the reservation list to figure out our names.
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