June 22nd, 2012
STG Trattoria (we decided to limit the post name since the restaurant name is already a mouthful)
As is the meal! We’ve been wanting to try STG Trattoria since it opened, despite its opening to mixed reviews. The AJC gave it 2 out of 5 stars, and we’d heard so-so anecdotal responses as well. So why did we want to try it? Few of the obvious reasons: Italian is our favorite, we love trying the new spot in town, it’s in our neighborhood, yada yada. However, we really wanted to try it because it was opened by the owner of Bocado. And while we don’t love Bocado (the menu is just weird), we do like that it’s a fun place to have a midrange night out (it’s not Fourth & Swift but it’s not Zoe’s). And if there is any category of restaurant that Atlanta is missing out on, it’s the nice / midrange spot.
So perhaps it’s because our expectation was low, but we really liked it. We sat outside, but the inside is really charming too (the entryway doubles as a wine cellar). We had two apps: the beet salad and the pork meatballs…both yummy. And then the pork sausage pizza. We don’t have the most discerning palate when it comes to pizza napoletana, as we’ve never really met a slice we didn’t like, but we thought this iteration was satisfying as well.
All and all, a good Thursday night restaurant.