Positioned in the heart of Dunwoody next to the local Publix sits Novo Cucina, a fantastic Italian inspired eatery and bar. It is owned by Riccardo Ullio, the man that brought us Fritti and Sotto Sotto in Inman Park.
Gorgeously decorated on the inside in grey and red motif, Novo has an open kitchen with an impressive brick oven in the middle. Huge wooden beams stretch above, a nod to the wooden beams that are also in Fritti. The restaurant boasts house made everything from their pastas, to the dough for their fantastic brick oven pizzas and even their gelato.
This place has it all! I dined during their recently added happy hour, dubbed “Cinque Sei Sette”, which offers five food and drink items from 6-7pm during the week. I tried their fried Funghi Fritti and their Novo Limoncello Spritz. I decided to go with Robiola e Pesto pizza, a favorite of my waiter Anthony. The pizza has goat cheese, oven roasted tomatoes, and pesto. Last but definitely not least I was to choose a dessert. I decided on their Bomboloni sandwich of sugar coated brioche hot pressed with hazelnut gelato in between. It was a great choice!
The restaurants manager Melissa let me know that they have some fun things on the horizon. Brunch has already started on the weekends along with half priced wines on Mondays. Cooking classes and pasta making classes are in the future as well. Novo Cucina is a great local gem on the outskirts of Atlanta. - Arielle Kleinman