Bruce Logue, who bewitched food lovers at Midtown’s La Pietra Cucina with his housemade pastas draped in bombastic sauces, has settled into his own restaurant—a lovably eccentric bungalow on the fringe of Inman Park. His pastas again reign supreme: Dive into options like black spaghetti with sausage and shrimp; tagliatelle, golden from egg yolks, cradling the latest seasonal produce; and the spiral-shaped strano wallowing in a light Parmesan cream sauce punctuated by cubes of mortadella and roasted broccoli. Start your meal with the skewer of grilled octopus and mortadella—a study of soft-chewy textures—over shell beans and spinach scented hauntingly with Marsala. The vibe is neighborly and soulful, with a nonconformist cast of characters waiting tables.

Best of Atlanta 2013 
New Neighborhood Restaurant 
Last year chef Bruce Logue left the frippery of Midtown’s La Pietra Cucina and opened his own place, settling into a quirky, angular converted bungalow on the edge of Inman Park that far better suits his culinary personality. The community instantly embraced his take on Italian American cuisine, clamoring for primo pastas like egg yolk-rich tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, pappardelle with warming Bolognese, and black spaghetti with Calabrese sausage and red shrimp. Begin with the skewer of grilled octopus and mortadella (bologna’s pedigreed grandfather).