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Caffe Fortunato, an Italian spot located OTP in Marietta, is turning out some fantastic entrees. Despite the mentions in AJC and Creative Loafing, the restaurant seems rather unknown. On a recent Saturday evening, there were only a handful of other tables at Caffe Fortunato besides my group. Its puzzling as it is pretty inside, the service is fantastic and the food is top notch.
The calamari and beet salad were quite tasty, but it was the egg and truffle pizza (Uova E Tartufi) that had me intrigued. This is a Margherita pizza with eggs and truffles on top. Creative Loafing praised Caffe Fortunato for this gem, but I surmise that the $25 price tag keeps diners from indulging. Other pizzas on the menu are in the $12 – $14 range. I watched as the chef painstakingly checked the pizza oven to make sure the pizza was prepared perfectly. It’s no easy task to ensure the two eggs cook perfectly in the oven. The eggs take on a creamy texture and delightfully unique flavor after being cooked this way. I’d highly recommend splurging for this pizza and then sharing one entree as they are quite filling.
Pastas are made in house and seafood dishes are the star of the show at Caffe Fortunato. The seafood with squid ink pasta and Fra Diavolo were both outstanding and I wouldn’t hesitate to order any dish again. The squid ink pasta comes with shrimp, calamari, clams and octopus. The dimly lit restaurant didn’t prove to be good for picture taking, so I apologize for the bad photo. Even though the pasta itself is lovely, I appreciate that they don’t overdo it, instead dishing out liberal amounts of seafood atop the house made pasta. These huge portions are perfect for two to share.
Don’t forget about dessert. Besides pastas, desserts are made in house. And you’ll definitely want to order a cappuccino to accompany your dessert. Cannolis are good but the Tiramisu, served in a cup, was better. I’m so glad to discover Caffe Fortunato – hope you’ll give it a try soon. With the holidays here, Italian is a cuisine everyone can agree on, so take your out of town guests to Caffe Fortunato – I’m sure they will be impressed.
255 Village Pkwy NE,#330
Marietta, GA 30067