Wednesday, June 6, 2012
For those who know me well, my pickiness when it comes to food is legendary. Sometimes it is easier to just list what I want left in a dish than to rattle through all the things I want left off or changed. Yes, I am one of those people. Some of it is food allergies, but mainly it's that I just can't stand certain things, flavors, smells, and most of all, textures. If you were a lawyer, you would probably be objecting on the grounds of relevance right about now, but I do have a point, I promise. The point is that the newly opened STG Trattoria in Buckhead has the best panna cotta that I have ever had in my life. Ever.
It's so easy to make a mess of panna cotta, despite it being such a simple dish. I've had panna cottas that were as loose as pudding and versions that were so gelled they would have bounced off any wall they were thrown at, but a good panna cotta will hold it's shape on the spoon, but dissolve on your tongue. STG has accomplished this perfectly. The version I had was topped with wood oven roasted blueberries, but I would imagine it would be just as delectable served plain.
Of course, they don't just use the wood-fired Acunto ovens imported from Naples to roast blueberries, they also use them to bake bread, like used in the bruschetta above. The one on the right was topped with an incredibly buttery pea puree, prosciutto and marinated mozzarella, while the left had tapenade, wood roasted mushrooms and fresh radish. The menu changes frequently, but you won't regret ordering whichever incarnation of toast they have listed when you go.
The pizzas are the real superstars of the ovens and are certainly in contention for the best pies in town. They don't skimp on toppings and have some unique combinations, but luckily their dough holds up well against even the wettest ingredients so you won't be left trying to spoon up a pile of goo, this is pizza you can eat by the slice, no fork and knife required.
I'm also a big fan of their aperitif heavy cocktail menu, low alcohol, light, flavorful cocktails that are perfect for summer sipping, it's easy to find yourself ordering more than one. My current favorite is the Barolo Ginger with cocchi barolo china to, lemon, grapefruit bitters, fever tree ginger ale and lemon peel, try one and you'll see why.
102 W Paces Ferry Rd NW