A sophisticated yet laid-back gathering spot right in the heart of Midtown, where some might come for a rustic Italian meal and others might pop in for a to-die-for cheeseburger.I have a few words about this four-month-old Midtown trattoria but before I mount my gourmet soapbox, let's cut to the chase: Italian food this good often comes with a hefty price tag. And yet. A few years (or, er, weeks) of dining in Atlanta and you'll be conditioned to think that a good, authentically prepared bowl of, say, sausage and orecchiete (made with house-made sausage; seasoned with herbs grown on the patio) will inevitably be synonymous with a stuffy atmosphere and perhaps a maxed-out Visa. Not here. This Italian restaurant from the Peasant family (as in, the beloved downtown bistro) ditches the white tablecloths for a warm, inviting atmosphere with an even more inviting (and dog-friendly!) patio. It's a place where neighbors and friends can come together—only here, they're coming together over a frittata and mimosa brunch instead of beer and tots. (Not that there's anything wrong with beer and tots... but hey, sometimes you want to step up your game a little.)
If you're feeling the need to break free from your standard brunch and/or lunch grub, heed this: standard bacon 'n egg joints have nothing on the refined, rustic Italian fare here, and the pitch-perfect patio only sweetens the deal. Same goes for lunch—it's the kind of spot that, with dishes like orecchiette pasta with housemade sausage, easily out-delicious that ham sandwich you pay too much for—and could easily become dangerously habit-forming. Like, the "sneak out of the office to go feast on a mortadella-topped cheeseburger" kind of dangerous. Speaking of the burger: no, pasta and frittatas aren't the only things Campagnolo can whip up with finesse. Sure, our city's burger scene is a cutthroat one, but this new kid on the block can easily hold his own against the big guys, thanks to the house-ground blend of beef that hits that burger sweet spot of a juicy, rich patty... and a side of Sweetwater 420-battered onion rings. So, to recap: a sophisticated yet laid-back gathering spot right in the heart of Midtown, where some might come for a rustic Italian meal and others might pop in for a to-die-for cheeseburger. Remind me again: why didn't we beg the Peasant folks to set up shop in Midtown long, long ago? We're just happy they've brought their elegance-meets-comfort atmosphere along with them, and we're planning on making this respite a second home. Because honestly, you can't go wrong with a second home that serves you a perfect burger and a bechamel lasagna, right?
Meatball Sub, $10
Campagnolo Burger, $11
Cappellini Pasta, $8 ($12 with meatballs)
Caserecci Bolognese Pasta, $12
Asparagus Frittatas, $11
Chicken Picatta, $9
Brussel Sprout Panini, $9
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.