John Kessler reviews STG Trattoria for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and awards it two stars. Although he thinks it needs a little more time to gather its bearings and start running more smoothly, he calls it "tightly curated" and a "labor of love" with all of the right elements in the right places. Don't miss the apertif sodas— which Kessler loves and which may be preferable to having to order wine off of an iPad— and get the pizza over the pasta.
For Atlanta Magazine, Bill Addison takes on The Lawrence. Like STG, the new restaurant still needs to grow into itself, but masterful cocktails like the Lady Lawrence, which Addison calls "a coquettish sip of what's to come," and the bold, "provocative" flavors of the food should carry the team until they get their feet under them. Addison likes the pig ears and golden raisin porridge but warns diners to stay away from the rabbit schnitzel and the spoon bread.
THE BLOGS AND THE ELSEWHERE: AJC's Bob Townsend gives The Optimist a first look; Creative Loafing is happy Arepa Mia now has its own shop; Jennifer Zyman takes on Indian thalis; Johns Creek Patch calls The Big Ketch pleasant, simple, and fun; Atlanta Restaurant Blog writes up Pollo Tropical after a media luncheon; The Atlantan also looks at STG Trattoria; and Hot Dish Review reviews Genki's "pseushi";