On January 24th, "The Gift Guru" Robyn Spizman spoke with Atlanta radio station Star 94FM about her experience at il Localino.
"You say, “It’s a tough call, but if I look at the place that makes me consistently happy – I’m leaving with a smile and a memory or two – it HAS to be Il Localino in Inman Park. Really good food – it’s not inventive star-chef nuevo-Italian cuisine, it’s the traditional favorites with a dash of inspiration, great ingredients and technical flair – a fun atmosphere, and AMAZING service. The ‘Italian family’ part is totally true – I can’t think of another restaurant I’ve been to where I’ve gotten hugs on the way out. Il Localino is an *experience* far beyond the ken of really just about any other restaurant in town. So, the choice (for me) is easy: Il Localino is Atlanta’s best Italian restaurant.”"
What happens when fine dining collides with fun – well you have Il Localino. This North Highlands eclectic Italian trattoria pulls out all of the stops to make moments into memories. This is due to the owners, Giovanni and Gale; whose take on life carries over to the total dining experience – it’s Italian home cooking in a cozy setting, but it’s more than that, it’s how they celebrate the joy of people coming together. The recipes for these masterful creations have been passed down through the generations within Giovanni’s family, and they’re made each night for your pleasure..Read more...
There are plenty of restaurants that offer a cozy atmosphere and make you feel at home, but very fiew places truly welcome you with open arms and make you feel like family. A visit to Il Locallino, the little Inman Park trattoria, is like a holiday meal at a favorite aunt's house-loud, overwrought and accompanied by plenty of hugs and huge platters of homestyle cooking. Il Localino dishes up simple but flavorful fare. with an emphasis on excess-monster antipasto trays, big bowls of ravioli and giant dishes of seafood and meats. The tendency to overdo extends to the wild thrift store/ bordello decor, the freely poured Chianti and the wild carryings on the dining room; it is not uncommon for a waiter named Enrique to pull out his trombone and offer a serenade or lead tables in singing, while the wait staff pass out wildly obnoxious party hats to diners. "People call and ask, "what time does the show start?"but we don't have a show", says hostess Melinda. "We just offer a comfortable place for people to relax. I tell them, "You are the show". We just give them an envionment that they can play in". - R.B