Y’all – I’ve lived in Buckhead for nearly 18 months and only recently learned about this hidden gem just one-half mile from my house….and now, I can’t live without Storico Fresco!
Here’s the secret: It’s an amazing Italian restaurant…AND a “grocery store” of divine Italian treats.
Eat on site
Let’s say you want a casual, yet elegant lunch with the girls…Storico delivers. That’s how Sue and I enjoyed it last week. Seat yourself at wooden tables in the center of the space, at the bar, or on quaint cafe seating on the patio.
Appetizers, pastas, vegetables…the lunch selections will have you drooling. We tried a sampling; here’s what we loved.
Sue and I both agreed that the best thing we ate were the fried artichokes! I probably never would have ordered them on my own, so we were lucky the chef sent them out for us to try. They will change your life…and if that sounds dramatic then you obviously haven’t tried them yet. Sweet roman artichokes served with a side of lemon. Heaven.
Another fave? The spinach ravioli! Taleggio filled with ricotta, spinach, and Grana Padano…tossed with brown sage butter and roasted almonds. Mmmmm.
The special of the day was linguini and clams, shown above. It was super delicious, also. I loved soaking up that broth with a chunky piece of baguette.
Get it to go
Need lunch on the run? Looking for a dinner solution the family will adore? Storico is still the place to stop!
As you walk in, you see several refrigerator section filled so many amazing options, like the sandwiches pictured above; kale or mixed green salads; or meats and cheeses perfectly cut and packaged for personal nibbles on the go (my favorite thing for lunch on the road!)
You’ll also find great solutions to bring home…a vast array of handmade pastas…fresh cut noodles or pockets of seasonal goodness like Zucca (packed with butternut squash, amaretti, mostarda and ricotta) or Bertu (with cotechino sausage, sweet Italian sausage and Grana Padano).
This pasta cannot be topped…unless it’s with red sauce or pesto. A few days after lunch with Sue, I went back for a pound of pappardelle, a container of veal/pork bolognese, and a fresh baguette. It easily fed our family of four, and I channeled my inner Italian Grandmother. OK….I don’t have an Italian Grandmother, but I felt like an authentic chef that night!
Don’t forget dessert, whether you are eating in or taking out. Burnt Ricotta Pie with raspberry jam will make you the hit of any party! And for the holiday season, keep these ideas in mind: Gift certificates for cooking classes, selections of flavored and classic olive oils from multiple regions of Italy, gift baskets, and more!
Disclosure: Thanks to Storico Fresco for hosting me and Sue for lunch. Opinions here are 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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