Ecco Atlanta

Image Courtesy of Ecco I try to be careful about the food I consume, so lately when I do treat myself to a nice dinner, I try to find places that are seasonal. People sometimes laugh at me when I ask (politely) if we can find a place that only offers ingredients when they are actually grown, but I really think it's the best way to get really, really fresh food. Ecco is just this place. Ecco, a Fifth Group Restaurants concept, is a European-inspired restaurant offering fresh, authentic and seasonally inspired dishes in a stylish, casual atmosphere. Not a completely brand new restaurant, but still some may say they have to prove themselves. And they have. Not only have they caused quite the excitement in foodies throughout Atlanta, but Ecco was named "Best New Restaurant in America" in 2006 by Esquire, AND has become the Southeast's most recognized and renowned restaurants.

Not too shabby for an 8-year-old, eh? Once again, I love this place because of the menu. I mean, why else would you go to a place as many times as I have? Everything on the menu is seasonal, meaning if it ain't been grown that month, you ain't getting' it The menu tempts with delicious meat and cheese boards, housemade pastas, authentic wood-fired pizzas and decadent desserts (save room for the dessert). The restaurant also features a nationally-recognized wine list representing both boutique and well-known European vineyards. The staff is very educated and can help you pair your selection with you meal. The interior is no laughing matter, either. The decor is somehow award-winning (I guess you can win awards for great taste) and includes an over-sized bar, a large, open-air patio and a breathtakingly beautiful main dining room. Unique meets comfort.

They can cater to a romantic evening alone with your love or a large party! regardless of your reason for eating out, it is sure to be one of the best dining experiences you will ever have. About Executive Chef Jonathan Beatty (Borrowed from the website) Before joining Fifth Group Restaurants, Jonathan Beatty was the Corporate Chef of Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, Illinois. He joined the family of Francesca's Restaurants and Restaurateur Scott Harris in 2009 as the opening sous chef at the award winning Purple Pig restaurant on Michigan Avenue. With his proven success and creative culinary talent, Harris brought Chef Beatty up through the ranks to open Davanti Enoteca in September 2010. Soon after it's opening, Time Out Chicago named Davanti Enoteca "Best New Italian Restaurant" and Chef Beatty was named "Best New Chef" by Chicago magazine. After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Beatty went on to a colorful seven-year career attending the renowned French Culinary Institute in New York City and gaining Italian influences as a chef apprentice at New York City's well known Felidia's and Esca restaurants. For more information about the author, Denielle D'Ambrosio, please visit my Google+ profile page.