After closing Brezza Cucina at Ponce City Market, celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman reopens the Italian restaurant as Baffi, Tuesday, January 5, along Brady Avenue on Atlanta’s west side. Baffi — the Italian word for “mustache” — nods to Waxman’s New York City restaurant Barbuto or “bearded” in English.
Brezza Cucina closed last June after five years at Ponce City Market. Executive chef Andrew Cacioppo told Eater at the time of the closure that the owners were looking to reopen the restaurant elsewhere in Atlanta. Finalization on the location came in October when Waxman announced plans to take over the space formerly occupied by Indigo Road Hospitality Group’s Tuscan-Italian restaurant Donetto.
Billed as a “casual, Italian-inspired restaurant,” the menu features dishes using Baffi’s wood-burning hearth oven, like cast iron trout, wood-seared shrimp salad, and Waxman’s roast chicken. Look for shared and small plates on the menu, such as braised pork and veal meatballs, roasted oysters, and Waxman’s gnocchi and kale salad.
Expect a mix of classic and original cocktails from the bar, led by beverage and service director Don Pirone, along with beer and wine.
During the pandemic, seating is limited inside the dining room and at the bar. A street-facing patio offers additional seating and a fire pit. Guests are required to wear masks while not seated or when engaging with restaurant staff.
Take a look at the menu:
Open Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Masks required. Seating limited. Takeout available.
976 Brady Avenue, Atlanta.