"We don't buy any frozen stuff around here," Chef Eddie says, and after tasting both the homemade lasagna and a slice (okay, two) of pizza, I'm a believer.The classic family-friendly, laid-back, neighborhood Italian joint: many attempt it, but few succeed (at least not without being overbearingly cheesy and/or serving lasagna fresh from the freezer). Alfresco, however, has the comfortable, warm atmosphere and — this part's important — the actually delicious, home-style Italian dishes that have already lured a fair amount of regulars back into its front doors (despite only being open for just less than two months). We'll chalk that up to Alfresco's from-scratch dishes, fresh ingredients, and an expertly crafted marinara (hey, they do say the secret's in the sauce). Chef Eddie, who's been slaving over a hot stove in the name of Italian food for twenty years, balances that sauce out by using a variety of tomatoes so the end result isn't too sweet, too bitter, or too acidic—it's just right, especially when combined with his eggplant parm. His hand-tossed pizzas have been given the official stamp of approval by Northerners, and Chef's not just saying that: one particular testimonial I read on a comment card professed that Alfresco had the best pizza they've had in Georgia since moving down here from New York ten years ago. Not too shabby, especially since we all know that New Yorkers ain't exactly easy to please when it comes to their pie.
Beyond the 'za, Alfresco's menu is simple, with a little bit of everything to appease palates of all types. Chef Eddie's personal fave? The Southern Italian pasta puttanesca, which incorporates shrimp, olives, capers, garlic, and that aforementioned tangy marinara. "We don't buy any frozen stuff around here," he says, and after tasting both the homemade lasagna and a slice (okay, two) of pizza, I'm a believer. Family-owned, family-friendly, and the ultimate crowd-pleaser, a sweet little patio? Just add the kitchen's homemade cannoli, and you're ready to mangia.
Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.