Handy dandy Google got a break for our last dinner in Atlanta. Instead of searching for a restaurant, we decided to ask the few people we know where to eat, and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was recommended. After Chéo checked out their menu, we were on our way to Phipps Plaza.
Starting on Newbury Street in Boston, Steve DiFillippo bought the locally-owned Davio’s in 1985, and at the age young age of 24, he flipped the menu, space, and wine list, and made Davio’s a brand-new hit. The idea behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill.
Since we looked at the menu before leaving, we already knew what we wanted by the time our waiter came around. We started with the Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls, served with spicy homemade ketchup and spicy mayo. They were exactly what we expected them to be—a little smaller than I anticipated, though. Salmon was available, but for the first time ever in our relationship, Chéo didn’t order it- he had the Yellowfin Tuna, served with vinegar new potatoes, asparagus, and pistachio pesto, while I ordered the Grilled Prime Flat Iron, served with broccoli rabe, sea salt fries (substituted with the creamy potatoes), and Davio’s steak sauce. I also ordered a side of mac & cheese with white truffle oil.
Of course, I tried his entree- the tuna was well-cooked and moist, and the vinegar potatoes reminded me of salt & vinegar chips. My medium-well flat iron steak was cooked perfectly and the creamy potatoes were thick and smooth. No complaints from either of us.
I don’t know if Davio’s serves the best mac & cheese in Atlanta, but it was certainly the next mac & cheese we had*. Tasting hints of cheddar, fontina and gouda, it was so creamy and so good!
As we were coming to the end of our meal, I asked our waiter to doggy bag me and Chéo asked for the dessert menu. A few minutes later, he walks out from the kitchen, places the doggy bag on the table, and keeps walking.
At this point, I’m looking at Chéo with, what I can only describe to those who don’t know me personally, a look of confusion. We asked you for two things, and you only brought back one? As I was about to ask what’s up, our waiter came around the corner pushing a cart.
That was the dessert menu! As he went over each dish and it’s ingredients, it was great to see what your dessert would look like. Chéo had the gingerbread cheesecake, while I had the crème brûlée, of course.
Dinner at Davio’s was amazing. The food and service were impeccable, and the ambiance was so romantic! Their kitchen was open pretty late, which is always a plus- Davio’s is a must if you’re in Atlanta.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
3500 Peachtree Rd NE
*We had mac & cheese for lunch the following afternoon at a different establishment- the whole experience wasn’t even worth the mention.