The space is large, open and welcoming, with exposed wooden rafters and rustic, comfortable seating. Despite being run by real-deal New Yorkers, this is a place for slowing down, relaxing and not feeling as though life is always in fast-forward.Instead of merely being in the style of a New York trattoria, Dal Cuore feels as though an actual NYC establishment has been airlifted, and carefully placed in the heart of Johns Creek. The restaurant's name translates to "from the heart," and if we weren't already smitten with the place's unique brand of authenticity, the warm and genuine welcome we received upon stepping inside certainly did the trick. The owner, Adam, took over the place just a few months ago, but has already transformed the menu into a Southern Sicilian masterpiece, featuring many of his own grandmother's recipes. And what exactly constitutes a Southern Sicilian dish? "More garlic, more seafood," Adam explained. Simple enough.
The space is large, open and welcoming, with exposed wooden rafters and rustic, comfortable seating. Despite being run by real-deal New Yorkers, this is a place for slowing down, relaxing, and not feeling as though life is always in fast-forward. These were the characteristics that attracted New-York-born Adam to the South in the first place, after all, and after five minutes inside the restaurant it's easy to see why. All of the ingredients are straight from Italy down to the olive oil. And after a couple bites into the Chicken Sorrentino or the Salmon Oreganata (fresh salmon topped with a delicate crumb crust, with white wine butter and lemon), the difference is notable. And, just like any good ol' NYC trattoria, you shouldn't leave without a plate (and belly) full of homemade Tiramisu. We mean it.
Chicken Sorrentino, $19.95
Basil Shrimp, $10.95
Salmon Oreganata, $23.95
Homemade Tiramisu, $6.95
Tuesday - Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to close
Closed Monday & Sunday