Behind paywall for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Kessler claims Italian is back and takes a look into Osteria Mattone. He calls it the "classiest" of all the osterias that have popped up this year; deems its menu "honest and appetizing," praising antipasti, pastas, and dessert but warning that the entrees need some time; and recommends the wines curated by Dan Pernice.
In the latest edition of Knife & Fork, Christiane Lauterbach gives Pallookaville two stars and recommends "the best corn dog of your life" and the housemade sodas and handspun milkshakes. Oyster bar Shucks gets two stars for its (pricey) oyster selection and grilled cheese sandwiches. The relocated Toscano & Sons also gets two stars and praise for its small but inexpensive and fresh, authentic sandwiches, though Lauterbach does mentions that the space feels "darker, gloomier, and not nearly as interesting."
Up in East Cobb, Lauterbach awards Stem Wine Bar three stars— "'perfect' isn't too strong a word to describe this new addition to Doug Turbush's Seed Kitchen & Bar," she says. Down the road, Common Quarter gets one and a half stars. The critic likes the space but warns potential guests to "enjoy [the restaurant's] craftmanship and jolly atmosphere and don't get too serious about the food."
THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Hot Dish Review goes back for a second meal at Chai Pani; Burgers, Barbecue, and Everything Else checks out Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand, Beautiful Restaurant, and Desta Ethiopian Kitchen; and Marie, Let's Eat visits Big Easy Grille and Timone's.
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