Another Ponce City Market restaurant is closing in on its opening. Bellina Alimentari, the Italian "kitchen, bar, market, and culinary club" helmed by owner Tal Postelnik Baum and executive chef Dave Berry, will begin service on Monday, October 19, according to a release. Bellina will serve take-away dishes, in-house dining at the 14-seat bar, and ingredients such as fresh pasta and local meats and cheeses. The culinary club offers workshops and cooking classes, special events, and private parties.
A few menu highlights include maltagliati della sorellina (house-made maltagliati pasta with mushroom ragu and crispy chicken bites); seasonal vegetable dishes at the antipasti bar; and Francesina, a Tuscan pulled beef and sweet onion stew, served over creamy polenta. The bar will pour Italian wine, beer, and craft cocktails.
Berry, who left Horseradish Grill to run the kitchen at Bellina, previously told Eater Atlanta cooking Italian isn't a big leap from his Southern background: "I think Italian food, at its core, is seasonal. That's where I want to go with that. Maybe you use a little bit of different ingredients in a different way, but at its core it's seasonal cooking. That's very much my belief. So it's not so much of a stretch — I'm a Southern boy, but I love Italian food. I love cooking Italian food. It's a win-win."
Once it opens, Bellina's regular hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.