Jan 12

Pizza Making Class at Double Zero Napoletana

Need an idea for a fun date or girls night out??

On Monday, January 23, Double Zero Napoletana is hosting a pizza making class!  The Sandy Springs restaurant is offering two separate seatings – one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m.

During the classes, Double Zero Napoletana staff will offer guests an exclusive opportunity to learn the art of making Neapolitan pizza in the restaurant’s beautiful, hand-crafted Stefano Ferrara ovens.  Each class is limited to 15 attendees, and the cost is $39 per person. 

Participants will learn about the unique and nuanced process of making dough at the highest level of quality.  This interactive event also includes a glass of wine and a personal pizza creation.

So much fun!  :)

And, don’t fret that Double Zero is all the way in Sandy Springs.  It’s totally worth the schlep, as it’s one of the few restaurants that the Q+DD will travel OTP for!  Read about our recent visit to Double Zero HERE!

Can’t make the 1/23 class?  No worries!  Double Zero is hosting another on February 27. 

Make sure you register ASAP! 

xx, L

 

Double Zero Napoletana
5825 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA  30328
404.991.3666
http://www.doublezeroatl.com/home/

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Oct 17

Italian Fare Worth the Schlep…

On Friday night, I dragged Lauren, Greg + Kevin OTP to try Double Zero Napoletana.

It seemed like such a hike to get there (it’s situated past I-285 on Roswell Road…no man’s land in my book), BUT the restaurant had had quite a stint on Urbanspoon since it opened and I was intrigued.  So, we gassed up the car + hit the road!

Here’s the Q+DD on Double Zero Napoletana:

Double Zero Napoletana (DZ) is an upscale southern Italian restaurant featuring the cuisine of the Campania region.  DZ has a strong focus on traditional Neapolitan Pizza among other southern Italian dishes.  They feature an extensive selection of Southern Italian cured meats and cheeses, Insalata (salad), Antipasti & Sfizi (small plates), fresh handmade pasta, and Secondi (Entrée) dishes.  Make no mistake, although pizza has an important place on their menu, DZ’s modern, contemporary versions of traditional Italian ingredients + specialties aim to delight Atlanta diners.

What’s In a Name?:

Double Zero refers to the type of flour used to make Neapolitan pizza.  In Italy, flour is classified either as 1, 0, or 00, and the designation refers to how finely ground the flour is and how much of the bran and germ have been removed.  Doppio Zero, the most highly refined, is talcum-powder soft.  The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which upholds the traditions and stipulations of traditional Neapolitan pizza, states that only Doppio Zero Flour, DOP San Marzano tomatoes, all natural Fior-di-Latte or Bufala fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, sea salt and yeast can be used in the making of Neapolitan Pizza.

This is serious business, obv.

Kevin and I arrived a bit earlier than Lauren and Greg, so we parked it at DZ’s bar.  Our bartender, a really friendly fellow w/ a heavy accent, cheerily greeted us.  (This was just the start to the exceptional service we had over the course of the evening.)  Kev ordered up DZ’s signature cocktail: Barrel Aged Negroni.  It tasted sort of like an Old Fashioned, but with a twist.  Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica Vermouth + a flamed orange (aged at DZ in bourbon barrels for 6 weeks)It was an impressive drink to watch the bartender prepare:

I opted for my trusty go-to, an Aviation, which I was excited to find on the menuMaybe the suburbs are hipper than I think??  Shortly thereafter, Lauren + Greg arrived and we sat down for our meal.

DZ's massive menu

We ordered up + quickly devoured (too fast for me to snap a photo) the Burrata + Proscuitto: fresh burrata mozzarella, mangalista prosciutto, arugula, red onion marmalade, balsalmic caviar, saba vinegar + basil oil.  Also on our table (but not for long) was the delicious Pork Belly Risotto: crisp pork belly, sweet potato pumpkin risotto, balsalmic glaze, broccoli rapini + slow cooked poached egg.

My favorite app was the Arancini: lemon saffron risotto croquettes, peas, red pepper, scamorza cheese, roasted yellow pepper coulis + meyer lemon honey.

Each of the appetizers were exceptionally tasty and very thoughtfully plated.  I strongly recommend starting with a few before jumping to entrees. 

For dinner, we shared the Carne Pizza: braised short ribs, bludi bufala cheese, fingerling potatoes + grape tomatoes.

And, of course, the Double Zero Napoletana Pizza: olive oil, garlic, mozzarella di bufala campana DOP, fresh arugula, prosciutto di parma, pecorino gran cru + basil oil.

The pizzas arrived with scissors which we used to cut slices.  We got a serious kick out of it!

To accompany our delicious meal, we all ordered wine from DZ’s extensive Italian collection.  Although I was unfamiliar with most of the regional grapes, the menu was very user-friendly breaking out the grapes in comparison to others that are more familiar.  For example, I ordered a glass of the Planeta La Segreta Blanco because above it was a line that read “think Pinot Grigio.”  I personally appreciated the guidance… 

lonely scissors

Our meal was very enjoyable and I will absolutely make the trek OTP again for another DZ evening.  I elaborated about our actual food, but I also want to make a point to say that the service was exceptional, as well.  Even our food runner was engaging!  And, THAT is how you get an ITP crowd to venture OTP!

ITP dining OTP

I guess sometimes you really just need to listen to the hype...  DZ has been killing it on Urbanspoon for a reason, y’all!  We’ll be back very soon. 

xx, L

Double Zero Napoletana
5825 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA  30328
404.991.3666
http://www.doublezeroatl.com/home/

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Jul 14

Wine Tasting in the 'Burbs

I could probably count on one hand how many times I’ve been OTP over the past six months.  Kicking and screaming, I tell you…  HOWEVER, Slick + I just willingly purchased tickets with some OTP friends of ours for this awesome wine tasting dinner at Three Sheets in the ‘burbs and I’m really excited! 

Look, plz:

Doesn’t that sound delicious?!  Grilled cheese + wine seems totally divine. :)

I’m looking forward to checking out Three Sheets, too.  Click HERE for more info on their events.

xx, L

Three Sheets
6017 Sandy Springs Circle
Atlanta, GA  30328
404.303.8423
www.threesheetsatlanta.com

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Jun 08

Celebrate Any Day That Ends in "Y" @ Genki

Genki Noodles + Sushi has a reason to celebrate almost every night of the week!

All three Genki Noodles + Sushi locations (Buckhead, Sandy Springs + Virginia Highland) are adding a new weekly event to their ranks: Sake Sundays.  On Sundays, they are offering $1 sushi nigiri, $3 rolls, $3 Genki draft beer, $3.50 sake bombs + $5 cold sake.  Sundays are meant to be social at Genki, all without breaking the bank.  The Buckhead location will also feature live music every Sunday evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to Sake Sundays, all three Genki locations host Wine Wednesdays, offering half price bottles of wine starting at $12 and Genki Hour every Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with $3 apps, sushi rolls, wine + beer.  The Virginia Highland location has also introduced Tokyo Tuesdays featuring $1 sushi nigiri, $3 rolls, $3 Genki draft beer, $3.50 sake bombs + $5 cold sake.  Every Thursday is Ladies Night at The Prado in Sandy Springs with half of all appetizers for the ladies + live music at 6:00 p.m.  For those that crave a late night sushi fix, the Buckhead and Virginia Highland locations offer a late night menu and a live DJ every Friday.

That’s enough to make your head spin…

Sounds like it’s a constant party at Genki!  :)

xx, L

Genki Noodles + Sushi Locations:

Buckhead
3186 Roswell Road NW
Atlanta, GA  30305
404.844.8319

Sandy Springs – The Prado
5590 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA  30342
404.843.8319

Virginia Highland
1040 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA  30306
404.853.3315

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Mar 28

In Spite of the Bad Weather…

…I had a nice weekend.  It was dreary, rainy + cold, but it had its perks.  :)

I saw Ryan Bingham for a sold out show at The Loft on Friday + he definitely fell into the “even better in concert” drop box for live performances.  Smoking + drinking on stage didn’t affect his perfectly raspy voice in the least, in fact it made it even richer.

The new Anthropologie was a warm + welcomed escape from the cold on Saturday.  If you haven’t been to the Howell Mill location yet, you need to check it out.  The store is just great + there’s something that I can’t quite put my finger on about the dressing rooms that makes me want to try on the entire store.

Slick + I chowed down on some “gator bites” at Six Feet Under on Saturday afternoon.  Kinda tasted like chicken…don’t be a’feared.


And then we fell in love with this handsome little guy at the Atlanta Humane Society.  We aren’t in the market for a furry friend right now, but this pup (Charlie Bucket) stole our hearts.  Adopt him!

Feeling brave enough to take on a potential tornado, we warded off cabin fever by spending a few hours at the Georgia World Congress Center for the 2011 Atlanta International Auto Show.  This Camaro caught our eye, but the Lotus stole the show in my opinion.

I went with LK + some lovely ladies to see Red Riding Hood on Sunday. 

I went in with seriously low expectations + ended up actually pretty pleased with the film.  Although that wasn’t the general consensus of the group, I think keeping your expectations low is oftentimes the best way to approach things.  Just sayin’…

We drew the weekend to a close at Mellow Mushroom in Sandy Springs for dinner.  Couldn’t have imagined a better way to end it.  MM truly is “happiness as expressed in pizza…”  Will always love my Pizza Sundays!

Slick did some shopping at Richards Variety Store + picked me up a Lite Brite (never had one as a kid) which kept me busy until I hit the hay.  (It’s certainly not an iPad 2, but it will do for now…)

It wasn’t the craziest weekend we’ve ever had, but it was super relaxing + now I’m rested for the excitement ahead. 

So, bring it.

xx, L

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