Located in the new Avalon center, in the heart of Alpharetta, Colletta opened its doors to show us what a twist on Italian food really looks like. Chef Perez put together a menu inspired by Northern Italian cuisine and local, fresh produce. With that, he created new wave Italian cuisine which is pretty amazing.
When you walk into Colletta, there is instantly a vibe of ardor and comfort. Dim lights and candles surround the entire restaurant. High wooden tables, an open view kitchen, and ceiling high wine cabinetry are a few things that will catch your eye. All of the carefully arranged elements bring an undeniable sense of romance and sensuality that is often associated with traditional Italy.
I started off tasting their two signature cocktails. One was a take on the signature Manhattan cocktail, but with a Colletta twist, which was a combination of red wine and liqueur. This was very strong with bold flavors being sweet yet dry. The other, being a prosecco based cocktail, which was sweet, light, and refreshing.
As we were seated, I realized the service was extremely slow – negligent even. My head resembled a tennis match, bobbing back and forth as the wait staff walk past my table with samples in hand. Needless to say I was not impressed by the lack of attention, and on top of that I was famished!
The pancetta pizza finally came around, and luckily it was delicious. Every component made for an wonderful appetizer. The prosciutto di parma was also a winning combination of flavors that is sure to leave any palate satisfied. Lastly, their meatballs filled with beef, pork, tomato, basil, polenta and pecorino romano were sinfully delicious.
Although I only got to experience a small portion of what Colletta had to offer, I was extremely impressed with the nuance in their flavor combinations, and their futuristic take on traditional Italian favorites.
900 3rd St,
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Disclosure: As this was a media event, our food and drink was complimentary, but the opinions expressed are my own.