A year ago, we went on a weekend-long trip with B’s family to Atlanta. B’s sister picked out our dinner spot for our first night in town, and boy did she pick a winner: Pasta da Pulcinella in ATL’s Midtown area.
Located in a renovated cottage, Pasta da Pulcinella has lots of charm. I don’t remember what B had that first night, but I still remember my dish: homemade gnocchi in a veal cream sauce. Yum.
We loved Pasta da Pulcinella so much that for my birthday (coming up in a few weeks) I requested two things: to eat at Bottega in Birmingham and, whenever we could make it back, another trip to Pasta da Pulcinella. B put together a trip to Ikea last weekend, and we timed it around the lunch hours of Pasta da Pulcinella.
This time around, a lazy Sunday afternoon at 1 pm, the restaurant wasn’t nearly as packed as it had been our first night there. It was quiet and relaxed, and the food was just as good as it was the first time.
This time around, I had the special of the day: homemade spinach tagliatelle pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted chicken, and toasted walnuts in a Gorgonzola sauce. The Gorgonzola was soft and mild, and the chicken (so easy to overcook) was perfectly tender. I’m a big fan of sun-dried tomatoes and loved the textural contrast and pop of color they brought to the dish. But the real star, just as with my first visit, was the pasta. I’m telling you, there’s little better on Earth than homemade pasta.
The dish was served with their house salad, simple mixed baby greens tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette. Simplicity at its finest. Oh, and their house bread, which is a light Italian loaf served with some very nice olive oil.
This time around, B had the Italian classic Chicken Saltimbocca. Pasta da Pulcinella serves it with a pesto penne. Forgive our horrid photos. The pesto penne was a really beautiful shade of green, softened by (our guess) cream. We’ve never heard of cream in a pesto sauce, but it was wonderful!
The saltimbocca (Italian for “jump in the mouth!”) is a classic dish, but this was B’s first time having it. He picked a great place to try it. This version had a chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, sauteed off and topped with their house marinara sauce, mushrooms, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.
For dessert, we split the tiramisu–my choice, because I’m the birthday girl!
To top it off, our entire meal was only $32. Pretty good when you consider how much you’d pay at Olive Garden! So where are you going to go when you’re in ATL?
Pasta da Pulcinella
1123 Peachtree Walk | Atlanta, GA | 404-876-1114
Park in the lot across the street. It’ll cost you $3 but be worth the ease.