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Monday, June 14, 2010

This week's reviews: Ziba's Wine Bar, first looks at Piola and Baroni


Besha Rodell visits Ziba's Wine Bar in Grant Park, where Solstice Cafe used to be. Ziba's is Mediterranean in the sense that there are hookahs (food is inspired mostly by Greece, Spain and the Middle East) and a wine bar in the sense that there's the craziest, most esoteric wine list in the city. Small plates are the creative strength, with standard and more troubled entrees. Ziba's is baffling, accidental but a place that should be emulated.

Cliff Bostock feels the pizza wars waning in favor of hamburgers and street food, but finds two newcomers, Baroni and Piola, good soldiers in the waning war. Baroni takes over where Wolfgang Puck Express used to be on Peachtree Street and features pizza, bruschetta, pasta, entrees, antipasto and mozzarella selection. Food is tasty, but sometimes problematic, though decent. Piola, a worldwide franchise, lands in Atlanta on Peachtree Street.

(photo by James Camp)

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