The White Bull opens this evening at 5 p.m. on Decatur Square. The restaurant, owned and operated by executive chef Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella and partner Gabriele Besozzi, draws inspiration from American novelist Ernest Hemingway who referred to the challenges of conquering the blank page while writing as “the white bull”.
Update: The menu consists of approximately 16 dishes with four of those dedicated to pasta made from flour milled at the restaurant. Dishes include Sapelo Island clams with pig tails, kohlrabi, celery, lemon, and toast, mafalde (pasta) with cured pork, and baby carrots with muhammara (roasted red pepper dip), Greek yogurt, za’atar, and chicken skin.
For those wondering if Hemingway’s favorite cocktails made their way onto the beverage menu, the answer is ‘yes’. The list includes a frozen martini with vodka, vermouth, and orange bitters and a riff on the Hemingway daiquiri aptly named “The Importance of Being Ernest” with blonde rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, cane syrup, and Peychaud’s bitters. The novelist is said to have created his daiquiri variation because he preferred no sugar but twice the rum. Others speculate the drink was concocted in order for Hemingway (a known diabetic) to avoid sugar.
Take a peek at the opening menus:
Open Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, bar only 3 p.m., dinner, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, bar only 3 p.m., dinner, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch is expected to be added in the coming weeks.
The White Bull, 123 East Court Square, Decatur. whitebullatl.com.