From my skirt.com post on April 3, 2012
Bocado’s Italian cousin has finally come to town! STG Trattoria in Buckhead is slated to open Tuesday, April 3rd with its fresh take on authentic Italian recipes adapted from the Old World, perfectly portioned plates of pasta and pie (‘za that is) and cafe-inspired communal seating. All the things Atlanta loves about Brian Lewis’Bocado are now tied up with a beautiful Italian bow. Buckhead’s newest addition gives its patrons a hip neighborhood gathering place with small plates, fine wines and gourmet Neapolitan pizzas catering to both the casual diner and the after hours scene seeker. The space is comfortable and inviting while staying true to the sought after chic yet mellow vibe that many of Atlanta’s most trendy restaurants provide.
Don’t come to STG expecting heavy cream sauces, heaping bowls of pasta and cheese-laden breads. You won’t be waddling out of here with the buttons on your pants undone, but happily satiated, clothing intact. STG has uped the ante by bringing in two of Atlanta’s finest, Executive Chef Josh Hopkins (formerly of Abattoir) and Chef de cuisine Adam Waller (formerly of Sotto Sotto), to take the culinary helm and focus on creativity using traditional methods and fresh ingredients. Watch them work their magic while sipping on wine and munching on marinated roasted eggplant toast with buffalo style mozzarella as they slip your lamb mint pizza into one of the two Acunto ovens imported from Naples (blistering your ‘za to perfection in just four minutes). Pizza not your thing? STG has you covered with homemade pastas like swiss chard ravioli, rabbit ragu or pork cheek bucatini with its smokey bacon flavor to get those taste buds popping.
Adding to STG’s coolness factor is the beautiful brick wine cellar that flanks you as you walk in the front door. All wines from the cellar (aka Tunnel o’ Wine) are available for retail sale. Upon entering the main dining area, you find a wide open space with high ceilings, large industrial windows to let in natural light and two extensive communal dining areas, one long table, the other U-shaped, both with ample views of the open kitchen and prep area. STG also features an aperitivo-inspired “Amaro Bar” with amari/aperitif-based cocktails for those seeking a unique libation to pair with their meal. Can’t stay for dinner? No problem. Call in your order and pick up a bottle of fabulous wine from the cellar and some gourmet Italian goodness to go. A great option for the nearby neighborhoods, an intimate at home dinner party or perhaps a late night snack after a tough day of governing the state (lookin’ at you, Nathan Deal).
From the hip yet unpretentious space, to chic communal dining, to the open kitchen, to the clean, authentic-inspired food, STG Trattoria is going to become a must eat in Atlanta. It isn’t visible from the road giving it that hidden gem, foodies-only effect but is centrally located in Buckhead’s financial district across the street from 103 West and next to the St. Regis Hotel. The fact is, Brian Lewis has done it again with this great new addition to Atlanta’s dining scene that might just be the forerunner to bringing Buckhead back.
STG Trattoria • 102-E West Paces Ferry Road • Atlanta, Georgia 30305