Thursday, June 27, 2019

Donetto: Authentic Italian Pizzas, Pastas, and Brunch


Donetto is an Italian restaurant on Atlanta’s West Side. Unlike most Italian restaurants in the city, Donetto specializes in Tuscan cuisine, which truly sets it apart. This means shareable plates and meat-driven dishes, including steak Florentine.

The restaurant has also recently added a pizza section to its menu, which boasts a lovely selection of handmade pizzas to suit a range of tastes and dietary preferences. Keep reading to find out how. 

WHY GO:
Because you want authentic Italian pizza, but with a fun modern twist.

THE VIBE:
Sleek and cool, with a hint of mid-century modern.
Donetto interior (c) Anna Lanfreschi

Outside, there’s a lovely patio with string lights and a huge fire pit.
Donetto's outdoor patio (c) Anna Lanfreschi

DRINK THIS:
Try one of the cocktails.

The netspritz & chill is Donetto’s take on the classic Aperol spritz, with the addition of Campari and vodka. And the encore cocktail is great if you’re a fan of spirit-forward, not-too-sweet drinks.
The netspritz & chill cocktails at Donetto (c) Anna Lanfreschi

Donetto is also one of the few Atlanta restaurants with an extensive amaro list. An after-diner glass of this herby, slightly bitter liqueur is a classic Italian move, but if you’re not sure how to choose one, ask your server or bartender for help.
The encore cocktail at Donetto (c) Anna Lanfreschi

EAT THIS: 
Check out the pizza portion of the menu. All the pizzas are handmade to order and cooked in the restaurant’s wood burning pizza oven.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fungo pizza, which is topped with roasted mushrooms and creamy taleggio cheese (peep the first pic in this post). 

Another standout is the prosciutto pizza, which, in addition to prosciutto, has buffalo mozzarella, mustard greens, and roasted garlic on it.
The prosciutto pizza from Donetto (c) Anna Lanfreschi

And Donetto also has a vegan pizza: It is topped with local peaches and fresh greens and has cashew cheese on it, but you wouldn’t know it's not made from animal milk. 

Donetto also has some of the best pasta in Atlanta. The ripiena and the bucatini are particularly memorable, but you cannot go wrong with any of their freshly made selections.
The yellowtail crudo -- a new dish to the Donetto menu (c) Anna Lanfreschi

What Donetto is really known for is the steak Florentine: Size and price vary daily depending on availability, but it is always large enough to serve two people, and it is cooked perfectly every time!

LOGISTICS:
Donetto is located on the West Side, near The Painted Duck and the restaurant Aix. There is self and valet parking available in the adjacent deck.

The restaurant serves dinner nightly, and on Sundays, they have a great brunch program called Cosa Nostra. The brunch menu boasts southern twists on classic Italian dishes, such as the frittata with seasonal veggies or the cacio e pepe scramble.

Reservations are encouraged, especially for Sunday brunch, and you can make one on OpenTable.

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