I’ve said it before that people often think the best restaurants to eat at are inside the perimeter. I have to correct them because there are equally amazing restaurants OTP (outside the perimeter for those not in Atlanta). I traveled OTP recently to Colletta Italian Food & Wine for Avalon Restaurant Week. During restaurant week, participating restaurants offer $15, $25 and $35 prix-fixe menus. If you’ve been wanting to try some new restaurants this is the perfect time to do it.
If you are familiar with Atlantic Station the concept of the Avalon is pretty similar. There’s shopping, restaurants, luxury apartments and townhouses and there are always fun activities happening. For this restaurant visit, I called up my friend Nagey to tag along with me to experience a new restaurant week.
As we entered through huge wooden double doors we were immediately greeted by the hostess. It was a Saturday evening so the restaurant was busy. Since I’d made a reservation we didn’t wait but for a few moments before we were seated. We sat near the open kitchen with a long bar that expands the length of the kitchen. Giving you an excellent view of what was happening inside. Our server Taylor was really sweet and was ready to get us started with something to drink. We opted for a rose that he recommended from their wine list.
While we looked over the menu, we watched Taylor slice some delicious tomato and herb bread served with a generous portion of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh grated parmesan cheese.
Colletta’s restaurant week menu included 3-courses for $35. We took advantage by ordering 2 different appetizers to share that way we could try a couple of dishes. The calamari looked so good when we saw it brought to another table so we ordered that to start. Although it was a bit on the salty side, I really enjoyed how crunchy it was and that it was not overcooked. It was served with a delicious spicy marinara and a garlic aioli.
We could see the pizza oven from our table, so we knew that we had to order one. The sausage pizza done Italian style, was topped with homemade sausage, mozzarella, parmesan, basil and drizzled with garlic and chili oil that gave it just a bit of spice. I love that the edges of the pizza weren’t charred too much and the saltiness of the sausage and the spicy chili oil was a great combination.
Spaghetti and Meatballs topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese
The second course we also shared and did a mix of a heavier dish and a lighter option. The spaghetti and meatballs was unlike anything I’d ever seen. Colletta uses bucatini pasta that is a thick spaghetti-like noodle. There is a hole in the middle of the pasta that allows the sauce that it cooks in to seep inside giving it a lot more flavor. What a brilliant idea! This is an overall great dish and I recommend you try it.
For a lighter option we went with the smoked trout served with a salad of arugula, crispy fried eggplant, fresh cherry tomatoes, rattlesnake beans and dressed with a creamy aioli. I like that the trout was cooked with the skin on which helps to retain the juiciness and flavor. It wasn’t seasoned a lot but that actually worked out better because the aioli was seasoned well. If you are really hungry, I would stay away from this dish because it’s so light.
Cinnamon Broken Cannoli
For our third and final course we went with 2 light desserts. The cinnamon broken cannoli suprised me when it arrived at the table. The name clearly says broken but I wasn’t quite expecting this. The pastry was perched atop the chocolate chip ricotta cream which would typically be the filling in a cannoli done traditionally. It was garnished with bits of toasted pistachio and orange zest with a smear of chocolate ganache. This dessert isn’t super sweet and again it was very light. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without having a huge piece of cake, this is the way to go.
The zeppole doughnut bites served with blueberry honey jam was ok but not really my favorite. They seemed to be a bit dry and just tasted like some fried dough.
Final verdict: Although Colletta is a bit far from where I live, I would go back. I think when you have an opportunity like restaurant week where you can try several items for a fixed price its great. If you live in the area I would drop in for the spaghetti and meatballs and the sausage pizza.
Other items on the menu I’d like to try:
- Black Pepper Tagliatelle with carbonara, pork tesa, egg yolk, chives and pecorino romano cheese.
- Braised Duck with mushroom fricassee, mascarpone and polenta.
Thank you so much to the Colletta team for hosting me!
900 3rd St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Until next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo -Milla
*My meal was complimentary, however all opinions are my own.