Many of us OTP dwellers have ventured into town to enjoy the restaurants that make up the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. A special destination for me personally was Veni Vidi Vici. The delicious food, the atmosphere and the vibe was enticing enough for us to head into Atlanta. Like many Italian food lovers, I was sad to hear the popular restaurant was closing.
Fast forward to November 2015, and fans of Veni Vidi Vici were thrilled to hear that Chef Jamie Adams and General Manager Leonardo Moura, both from Veni Vidi Vici, were opening il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs.
Upon arrival, I couldn’t help but think it must have previously been a gallery or boutique of some sort based on its beautiful appearance. Not the case, as I was told it had been a real estate office in its prior life.
The restaurant’s elegant seating is prime — you can observe while the chef actually makes the pasta by hand. Seriously! Chef Jamie, who spent five years training in Italy, is as authentic as it gets OTP (and maybe even in all of Atlanta) when it comes to Italian cuisine.
We visited at lunch, but felt we shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a dinner-sized meal. Between all of our guests, we enjoyed pickled beets, panzanella, shrimp and pasta, pasta with bolognese, and fish. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had pasta this fresh, and I could definitely tell the difference.
On to the most important part of the meal: dessert. Strawberry pizza, made from puff pastry, strawberry jam, cheese and balsamic. It was almost too pretty to eat. But the real winner of the day (at least for this dessert lover) was the croissant bread pudding with chocolate and salted caramel!
If you love authentic Italian, enjoy observing culinary craftsmanship, and appreciate high quality service, you must try il Giallo. Visit for lunch or dinner, just make sure you save room for dessert.
Disclaimer: This meal was paid for by the Rosen Group.
If you like il Giallo, you will also enjoy Osteria Mattone and Tuscany Italian Restaurant.