A few years back, my grandma asked me to go out to dinner with her and a few other members of our family. I remember her telling me about this amazing Italian restaurant called il Giallo Osteria & Bar. We visited, ate our weight in fresh pasta, and I left in a (very) happy food coma. I told myself that I needed to go back to eat more, but time got away from me and I just never got around to it…until now.
Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, il Giallo Osteria & Bar is known for their traditional and seasonal pasta and meat dishes. Chef Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura aim to transport you to Italy through their food. They say, “We strive to accurately represent the foods and flavors found in the towns and villages along Italy’s Coastal regions, the freshest imaginable hand-made pastas found in the mountains and plains and lest we forget, the bounty of cured meats, cheeses and olive oils from north to south.” il Giallo creates their fresh pasta dishes on full display in front of the kitchen, for everyone to see. I really loved this aspect of il Giallo – it was almost like having dinner with a show! One last thing that I really love about il Giallo is that in addition to having fresh, made-daily pasta, it is also organic, non-GMO, and made with double-zero and semolina flour that has been imported from Italy. Gluten-free corn-based pasta is also available upon request.
Every single dish we tried was spectacular. In fact, Chef Jamie’s illustrious Agnolotti with brown butter, sage, and pecans, was even seen on the Food Network’s show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” While visiting this time, we tried:
- The Caesar salad: It was perfect – anchovies topped the crisp lettuce and it had the perfect amount of dressing.
- Grilled octopus: I would say that I’m an octopus fanatic. I try it everywhere I go and I know when the octopus is really good, or really bad. For example, we were just at another restaurant (not in Atlanta) the other week, and everyone was raving about their octopus appetizer. Ian and I tried it and as soon as it came out, I knew that I had made the wrong decision. This is not the case with the octopus dish at il Giallo. It was amazing! The octopus had so much flavor and it was not chewy at all.
- Spaghetti e polpette: I was told that this is not your basic, or average spaghetti and this definitely rings true. The main ingredients in this dish are very basic – fresh spaghetti, tomatoes, marinara, garlic, and meatballs, but the flavor is not basic at all. It’s very good!
- Gnocchi: This gnocchi was cooked to perfection. It was like biting down on a cloud and it was so flavorful. While I could not taste the gorgonzola in it, I personally thought this was a good thing! 🙂
- Budino di pane: Imagine soft croissants with chocolate sauce surround it. Sounds like heaven, right? That is what I thought of this bread pudding. It was so, so good!
- Crostata di nocciole: We ordered this dessert because I thought it was just a very unique dessert option. They also claim that they are their ‘world famous hazelnut bars.’ They were amazing! By this time in the meal, I was overly stuffed with food and wine, so I wasn’t able to eat more than a few bites of this, but I’m already ready to go back for more!
My time dining at il Giallo was amazing! The food was fantastic, the pasta making ‘show’ was really fun, and the restaurant was very comfortable and welcoming. If you are looking for a really great Italian restaurant in Atlanta, il Giallo is the place for you!
**The photos are not mine — full photo credit goes to Heidi Geldhauser!