La Tagliatella is a European chain that opened its first restaurant on US soil in Midtown Atlanta. Unfortunately, Atlantans said “no thanks” to La Tagliatella and it shuttered several months ago. One other location remains in Atlanta at Emory.
Having eaten at La Tagliatella before it shuttered, I can see some of this things that would turn people off. It’s over the top decor reminds me of what Cheesecake factory would be like if they opened an Italian restaurant.
While many reviews have bashed them for their mediocre Italian, I think there are both hits and misses on the menu. The starter of Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Carpaccio was beautifully presented and tasty. However, one of their more touted entrees, the Napoletano Brochette, a skewered pork tenderloin served over fried gnocchi was quite disappointing. The pork was dried out and salty and the gnocchi tasted like it had been reheated in a microwave.
Again, with the pizzas, the signature, La Tagliatella with fried eggplant, and drizzled with honey and aceto balsamico was the perfect mix of sweet, salty and fried. If there is one item people should try at La Tagliatella, it is this pizza. A second pizza, this one with meat, was pretty forgettable.
Pastas fared the same with the Butternut Squash (Cuore) and the Ravioli being excellent. Yet the “handcrafted” Gnocchi and creamy Casalinga sauce with Mascarpone, which sounded so promising, was lackluster.
Too full from all the carbs, we skipped dessert. While I understand why some would be turned off by this Italian spot, I’m glad they are still open in Emory location. Next time I’ve got a hankering for Eggplant pizza I know where I’m going. It’s also a good spot for vegetarians, with many options.
Disclosure: My meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed are my own.