Authentic Italian in Roswell, Georgia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Anyone unfamiliar with historic downtown Roswell would consider this restaurant right in the midst of it. But Roswell dwellers consider it an off the beaten path destination since it is a few yards down from the square. Quirky locals.
One odd city-wide habit: In Atlanta, residents tend to dine in their own circle, either ITP (inside the I-285 perimeter) or OTP (outside the perimeter).
But a dinner at Osteria Mattone may have even an ardent ITPer start thinking about packing up and moving north of I-285.
It’s that good.
Osteria Mattone is the second venture from the duo behind Table & Main, a Southern restaurant that’s located nearby. At Osteria Mattone, Restaurateur Ryan Pernice and Chef Ted Lahey present regional Italian fare in an upscale, homey setting.
The menu features a variety of antipasti, pizzas, handmade pastas and wood-grilled mains. Whatever you order it’s bound to impress. Just be sure not to overlook the signature Angolotti di Oxo, braised oxtail pillows with buttery jus.
Ingredients are sourced from nearby farms, artisan bakers and purveyors. Lahey’s goal is to feature time-tested Italian/Roman dishes, ingredients, and preparations as you might find them in Italy, without artifice or innovation.
The wine offerings at Osteria Mattone are curated by sommelier Daniel Pernice, formerly of the James Beard Award-winning wine program at Union Square Hospitality Group’s NYC restaurant, The Modern. The list showcases Italy’s wide range of exciting varietals as well as some selections from other countries.
Whatever distance the walk or drive is to get here, you’ll want to return.
1095 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
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