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With pasta from a profoundly talented expat of Ecco and St. Cecilia, Lyla Lila is as much a draw for Fox Theatre patrons as for Midtown residents looking for a reliable yet exciting neighborhood haunt.
"To me, nothing says comfort food like pasta, and right now, we could all use a little extra comfort," says Ian Winslade, executive chef at Mission + Market in Buckhead.
When it opens, Grana will serve dinner only, with lunch and brunch planned for the future. Expect nightly specials such as crudo and lasagna. The rooftop patio will have a separate menu offering meatballs and pizzas, plus a salumi plate, toasts, salad, Calabrian chili wings, and more.
“It’s a beautiful, fancy-ish restaurant; one or two notches below fine dining,” says co-owner Craig Richards.
Executive chef Michael Patrick describes Forza Storico as a "Roman beer and wine bar," but there will still be plenty of pasta.
Located in the lilli Midtown building at the corner of 3rd and Peachtree streets, the food at Lyla Lila is inspired by the cuisines of southern Italy and Spain will include house-made pasta and wood-fired meats and seafood, along with Old World wines and seasonal cocktails.
In Atlanta, I worship the housemade versions of spaghetti from the kitchens of Michael Patrick (Storico Fresco), Bruce Logue (BoccaLupo), and Drew Belline (No. 246), whom I call the three kings of pasta. But if there's something that Atlanta can't get right, however, it's baguettes.
While Storico Fresco is a brilliant store, it’s not much of a restaurant. I had two meals from the menu and two others that sampled from takeout cases, and almost every single dish from the brown paper packages and plastic containers was better than the ones on the restaurant menu.
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