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STG Trattoria in Buckhead Opens for Sunday Brunch this Weekend

STG Trattoria brunch radiates with imaginative yet distinctively down-to-earth dishes, which can be enjoyed in the intimate, gently weathered industrial interior designed by ai3.

STG Trattoria brunch radiates with imaginative yet distinctively down-to-earth dishes, which can be enjoyed in the intimate, gently weathered industrial interior designed by ai3. Photo credit: STG Trattoria

STG Trattoria, which opened in April, announced early this week that the Buckhead restaurant will open for Sunday brunch on September 9, 2012. Beginning each week at 10:30 am, Chef Josh Hopkins will utilize the restaurant’s two wood-fired Acunto ovens, imported from Naples, to develop dishes defined by Italian essentials like cured meats and scratch-made cheeses accented by locally sourced produce.

The brunch menu with Italian influences artistically woven into each item will feature an Eggs Benedict Pizza with prosciutto, arugula, poached quail eggs and warm aioli as well as Shrimp & Calamari atop polenta with pancetta, cherry tomatoes and basil with a squid ink vinaigrette. STG’s renowned ovens will also be the destination for their artisan bread presented in the Italian Sandwich with layers of sopressata,capicola, prosciutto and olive giardiniera, and a Sautéed Zucchini Bread with candied pancetta and mascarpone.

Continuing with their established Amaro Bar, which introduced Atlanta to the light, food-friendly flavors present in the aperitif-based cocktail program directed by mixologist David Durnell, STG Trattoria will pour brunch cocktails like The Reviver with Beefeater gin, Cocchi Americano, Suze, lemon, celery and Herbsaint, STG Bloody Mary with cold-smoked Tito’s vodka, Amaro Zucca and house-made bloody mary mix, Mimoso with Amaro Nonino, Aperol, orange bitters, Prosecco and orange zest, and El Palido with El Espolón tequila, orange juice, chillies and mescal.

Photo credit: STG Trattoria

Continuing with their established Amaro Bar, which introduced Atlanta to the light, food-friendly flavors present in the aperitif-based cocktail program directed by mixologist David Durnell, STG Trattoria will pour brunch cocktails like The Reviver with Beefeater gin, Cocchi Americano, Suze, lemon, celery and Herbsaint, STG Bloody Mary with cold-smoked Tito’s vodka, Amaro Zucca and house-made bloody mary mix, Mimoso with Amaro Nonino, Aperol, orange bitters, Prosecco and orange zest, and El Palido with El Espolón tequila, orange juice, chillies and mescal.

Named after owner Brian Lewis’ three sons – Sebastian, Tristan and Gabriel – STG Trattoria places emphasis on the heritage of Italian cuisine united with a distinct, progressive touch of seasonal, pure flavors in a communal space characteristic of Italy’s timeless trattorias. STG is opens for dinner at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday and at 10:30 am for Sunday brunch. Situated in the heart of Buckhead and bordered by Flywheel and Drybar, the restaurant is located at 102 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30305. For further information, call 404.844.2879 or visit www.stgtrattoria.com.

I’m really looking forward to trying the brunch at STG. Who else plans on trying it this Sunday? I will post my review following my visit!

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Local Three – I crave the organic burger on the Big Green Egg

Two of my most favorite restaurants that I frequent often are Buckhead’s Local Three and Muss & Turners in Smynings.

I may not be a true food critic, but if you live in 30327 or 30339 and have not been to these restaurants you’re really missing something. I crave the organic burger cooked on the Big Green Egg smoker and just about every special they come up with.

I still haven’t been to one of the Sunday brunches at Local Three but its on my list of must do’s. They are usually booked a couple of weeks out, but you know everything will be “special”… they smoke their own bacon! Anyway, I highly recommend it and enjoyed this review so I thought you would too.

A Review of Local Three from Christina & The Kitchen

The owners of Atlanta's Local Three.

The owners of Atlanta's Local Three.

Local Three  was opened by three locals … Ryan Turner, Todd Mussman and Chris Hall.  Todd and Ryan are from Food Studio (and that pretty much explains why I LOVE this place, right there … FS was one of my all time faves!), and Chris was the chef at the Sundial Restaurant.

Todd and Ryan are the fathers of the famed Muss & Turners in Smyrna.   I believe the three met at a charity event, and talked beer, wine and pig, and, while Chris was thinking about opening his own place, LOCAL THREE was born.   It’s said that Todd & Chris = “Back o’ the House” and Ryan = “Front o’ the House”, but I’ll tell ya, they all three feel like the whole thing is their sole responsibility.  For instance, Chris has welcomed me at my table a couple of times, and came out to greet patrons I’ve sent in, too.  Good Folks, these guys.

They’ve got a great thing going, driven by an awesome philosophy, which is, plain as day, out there for everyone to see:  People Matter Most.  Local is Priority.  Seasonal Makes Sense.  Authenticity Rules.  Quality Governs.  Delicious Trumps.  Pretense Stinks.  Comfort Feels Good.  Appreciation Tasted Better.  Prudence Sustains It All.

 

Get it?  WOW — that right there makes me want to hang out with them (and eat, of course)!

So … I decided that I’d let the rest of Atlanta have a taste of what I got and realize what a gem they have right there, on the northside of town, and wrote a review on YELP!  And wouldn’t you know … Chef Chris wrote me a nice little note back!

Here’s my review of Local Three:
They had me at their Daily Operating Philosophy.

Chef Chris Hall and Todd and Ryan (of Muss & Turner’s) have this one NAILED!  They’ve opened Local Three in the old Joel location – but don’t let that steer you away … Fortunate to have a fab kitchen, I don’t think they changed much there, but the decor was just so “last year”, as was the food.  Local Three looks and feels not one bit like Joel, and I couldn’t have been more impressed.

I had the opportunity to visit Local Three last week and was completely blown away.  I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and have a discerning palate for all types of food – boiled peanuts and popcorn included.  Their bar “snacks” are fun, not fussy.  (yes, I said “boiled peanuts” – YUM).

The bar was warm, inviting, yet a little elegant.  PERFECT for a drop in drink, a drink before dinner and even dinner!  The selection of beer was outrageous (I was warned) as was the bourbon and whiskey list.  We chose a nice bottle of wine (I’m not too knowledgeable on the brown stuff), although, the cocktail list was also quite impressive.  The service, even though they were pretty tight, was awesome – I felt like we were the only two in the place – we never had to ask for a thing.

Our lobster gnocchi, grilled flatiron, pan seared (Georgia) trout, salads – EVERYthing – was perfect.

Atlanta needs more places like this.  The place is “just right” (which I think is what the boys want it to be).  It’s a bit of a local place, a bit of a night out for dinner place, and even more so, a place you want to come back to soon.

Go.  Now.  Be prepared to “sit deep and stay long” – they live by their philosophy and they want to get to know you … I can attest to this.

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