Local Three PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atlanta. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees. p }} portofinobistro.com. PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★ SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes served with a creative twist in a revived brick storefront. p }} sottosottorestaurant.com. SUGO 408 S. Atlanta St., Roswell, 770/6419131; 625 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770/817-4230; 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/817-8000. Authentic cuisine served with gracious hospitality, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza. p } sugorestaurant.com. ★★★ TAVERNA FIORENTINA 3324 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/272-9825. Tuscan bistro presents authentic Florentine dishes and contemporary classics in an intimate dining room. p }} tavernafiorentina.com. VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atlanta. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }} valenzarestaurant.com.
VENI VIDI VICI 41 Fourteenth St., Atlanta. 404/875-8424. Heavenly cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and warm ambience. Specialties include veal lasagne and pappardelle with pulled rotisserie duck. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★
KOBE STEAKS 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/256-0810. Hibachi cooking in a fun atmosphere, where chefs prepare meals at the table. }} kobesteaks.net. ★★ MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. } momoyaga.com.
lamb loin, all served in a warm, welcoming setting. p }} ecco-atlanta.com. ★★★ MILAN MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO & GRILL 3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Crowne Plaza. 678/553-1900. Mediterranean dining in a casually elegant setting, from mahi mahi with port-glazed figs and grilled salmon romesco to filet of beef Monte Carlo. p }}
IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/351-0870. An oasis of good food and entertainment with traditional cuisine including fresh legumes, meats and fish. p }}} imperialfez.com.
NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta. 404/873-6582. Delicious cuisine in an aura of the grandeur of traditional Japan. p }} nakatorestaurant.com. ★★★★
PARISH: FOODS & GOODS 240 North Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404/681-4434. A New Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market located in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p } PARISHatl.com.
SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 770/956-9559. Dine on some of the freshest, most authentic sushi in the city in intimate booths. } sushihuku.com.
ECCO 40 Seventh St., Atlanta. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed
RUMI’S KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/477-2100. Chef Ali Mesghali’s fresh Persian dishes, from kabobs and dolmeh to fresh-baked flat bread, served in an intimate dining room with attentive hospitality. } rumisrestaurant.com.
Southern Seasons Magazine
First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.