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Dan Latham

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Dan Latham has become a familiar sight at Atlanta farmers markets with his wood-fired pizza oven. Moto Bene, as the operation is known, serves up pies using the seasonal, local ingredients you'd expect from any of the other farmers market purveyors.

Latham was previously the chef at Oxford, Miss., restaurant L & M's Kitchen and Salumeria. While there, he got a nod from the James Beard committee in 2008, making it onto their list of semifinalists for Best Chef in the South. He's now in the process of finding a location for a restaurant in Atlanta. He says the concept for a bricks and mortar restaurant won't stray too far from that of his portable pizzas: simple, seasonal, inexpensive, high quality.

In the meantime, the Mote Bene pizza oven is available for catering, turning out thin-crusted, crispy pies topped with bright sauce, high-quality cheese and local meats.

Moto Bene. 404-654-3282. www.motobenepizza.com.

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