Donetto in West Midtown recently celebrated a year in Atlanta, and they are hotter than ever! I love that they are named after the largest Chianina bull ever recorded in history – and a breed extensively raised in the Tuscan region of Italy. As the name would suggest, Donetto embraces Tuscany with Italian dishes such as T-bones, truffles, prosciutto and more.
The vibe? Comfortable classy! Gorgeous wood grains, modern light fixtures, tall windows echoed inside, as well. It’s rich and elegant, but still feels like home. Do not miss the gorgeous Chianina bull painting on the wall and the chic copper lighting at the bar.
So let’s talk about what you should order when you visit…I’ve got our favorites for a four-course meal listed below (because YES cocktails are a dining course! Duh!)
I love me a cocktail, and if it is whiskey-based then all the better. Donetto’s fall cocktail collection is lit! I highly recommend the Potato Potato! It’s Rittenhouse rye with a touch of sweet potato…then they add some sugar, black pepper and clove tincture. It’s not too sweet, with just the perfect hint of Fall!
Is it so wrong to order everything on the antipasti menu and hog all the dishes myself? OK, I didn’t go that far – but I could have. The appetizer game is strong here, and the selections just might be my favorites.
My top choice of the entire menu? The Baby Octopus (seen above.) People — I am still dreaming about this dish! Even my “doesn’t eat much seafood” husband was raving about it, too. Crunchy octopus sits atop a “stew” of white beans, prosciutto, potatoes and basil…drizzled with a mild vinaigrette and topped with parmesan cheese.
A very close second place is the Burrata. The date agrodolce was the hit of the show – such a perfect pairing with the Buffalo mozzarella. If they bottled it up, I would bring home a barrel.
Tasty Pasta and Piatti
There are so many pasta choices here, each offering a special flavor. My heart belongs to the Agnolotti, though….probably because of my love of duck confit. These mini, rectangular ravioli-esque beauties are filled with the duck, mushrooms, and ricotta…and served in a to-die-for Fontina cream sauce.
We continued the mushroom theme with the Milanese Pork Chop – lightly breaded and topped with pickled Chanterelles, radicchio, and apples…with the ideal amount of mustard jus.
My recommendation – whether you are doing a date night or getting away with the girls, order one or more pastas and main dishes, and then share them at the table, family style. These two selections will get you started!
My official Public Service Announcement: Don’t skip dessert!
Budino means pudding or custard in Italian, but it might as well mean heaven if you’re talking about Donetto. It’s made from rich, fruity Manjari chocolate, topped with chantilly cream and peanut brittle. And it is served in the most adorable glass jar. It doesn’t look like a lot when it comes to the table, but it is so rich and delightful that it will fill you right up.
We indulged in a pot of French press coffee with dessert, which I highly recommend.
Bottom line: Donetto is a strong selection, even at only a year old – which is not an easy task on the Westside where competition is fierce and amazing options are plentiful. We’ll be back…and we think you should visit, as well.
Disclosure: Thanks to Donetto for hosting us. Opinions here are all our own, as always.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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