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Monday, April 30, 2012

Dropping in for lunch at STG Trattoria

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I was at Whole Foods in Buckhead and couldn't resist stopping by to check out the lunch service at the new STG Trattoria down the street. They've only been open a couple weeks now, but STG already reeks of potential —the pizza, the pasta, the talent in the kitchen, the amaro sodas, the affordable wine list... goodness gracious. Well, my quick lunch didn't disappoint, and here are a few pointers if you stop by:

- The pizza prices range from $17 up to $22, which sounds high at first, but these are 16 inch pies and easily feed two people each.

- The sausage and rapini pizza? If you dig this classic combo, you will be happy. Well seasoned and crumbly slices of sausage sit beside strands of tender and bitter rapini, bits of hot Italian pepper and juicy cherry tomatos are scattered about, and the mellow mozzarella is there to tie it all together. Despite being unencumbered by sauce, this is knife and fork pizza - do not attempt to balance the weighty toppings atop the perfectly charred pizza by hand. By the way, the dough is nice, but it does get a bit more bready around the edges than I care for.

- Amaro soda? Brilliant. Clocking in at a lower price and lower alcohol level than most cocktails around town, these clever Italian-inspired cocktails hit the spot on a spring day. The "My Amaro Cola" nicely offsets the bitter amaro with some sweet cola and lime.

- I had heard about the "tunnel of wine" (wasn't that a Springsteen song?) and had visions of something akin to that tunnel in the Georgia Aquarium where sharks swim above you (but with wine!). Alas, I walked in to mostly barren walls. The wine wall needs work. Oh, and speaking of wine, the iPad wine and cocktail menus may not be the best idea (yet, at least) - my server had to sort through three faulty iPads before finding one that worked.

Based on that one quick lunch, I'd say "get thee to STG."

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