The Caseys, the Marshalls-to-be, and Kev + I had ourselves a Friday night date two weeks ago at recently-opened Cucina Asellina in Midtown. Asellina is STK‘s little sister and next door neighbor on the corner of 12th and Peachtree. Both are run by The One Group and are serious hot spots in NYC – and in my book perfect for the ATL. (Welcome to the ‘hood, Asellina!)
Asellina is my ideal neighborhood restaurant. A small, contemporary space with solid food and drinks, and a friendly wait staff. Admittedly, it already had a big check mark in my mind before I even stepped foot inside. Our delicious Friday night triple date, and later Caren West PR’s Grand Opening Fete, are what officially sealed the deal for me!
For our date night, we started off with Stuffed Cerignola Olives with roasted veal, parmigiano + semolina crust. I don’t eat olives, but everyone else at the table devoured them. They said things to me like, “Lindsay, these olives will make you love olives…” Ultimately, I didn’t try them, but I’m building up the courage. They were a huge, huge hit at our table.
We wanted to try as much as possible, so we went a teeny bit overboard with the rest of our appetizers – in fact, they almost fell off of the table at one point, so I tried to quickly capture them with a full table shot. Everything was very good, and I recommend trying each of these items. You could easily visit Asellina for drinks + apps ONLY and leave happy + full. From front to back we had: Veal Meatballs with fresh tomato, mozzarella + basil/ Calamari Fritti with spicy tomato sauce + fresh majoram/ Ahi Tuna Tartare with robiola cheese, black truffle + spring onions/ and Burrata with tomato assaggi, fresh basil + olive oil. We feasted.
But, we still had our eyes on the prize. The pizzas + primis we ordered to share sounded totally divine – and they were. One of the MVPs at our table was the Wild Mushroom Pizze with stracchio cheese + spring onion. It’s pretty photogenic, too…
I really enjoyed the Four Cheese Pizze with sausage + artichokes.
Even though we loved the pizzas, I would advise you not to skip over the pastas! They were spectacular! We shared the Pistachio Garganelli with hand-made sausage + wild mushrooms…
…and this dish. This dish was AMAZING. But, Asellina does not have an Atlanta menu on their website yet, so I am not 100% sure what it was. I’m just sayin’ – we had a few drinks. If you see this on someone’s table, ask them, or show this picture to your friendly server. It was incredible.
The biggest surprise of the night was dessert. Do not pass up dessert! I don’t care how much you ate prior to it, EVERYONE knows that we have extra space in our stomachs for dessert. It’s science, y’all…
The Citrus Panna Cotta was top notch.
People wept over the Tiramisu. In fact, I heard “this is the best tiramisu I’ve had outside of Italy” from multiple folks at our table.
The Cannolis were also very tasty.
That’s about all I’ve got. Final thoughts regarding Cucina Asellina are that it’s a great space, really excellent food, the drinks are a bit pricey for Atlanta ($12 cocktails), but overall I very much enjoy this place – and I especially like sitting on their outdoor patio facing Peachtree Street. Midtown has become quite a fun area for people (+ movie star) watching these days!
Wishing you all many excellent meals at Cucina Asellina. Bon appetit!
1075 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
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