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Great new addition to Decatur--No. 246 for Italian

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ebennettatl Sep 13, 2011 01:53 PM

I finally made it to No.246 in Decatur, open about 6 weeks by Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen), and it was really, really good. So here's a new suggestion for the "should I go to ESS/Miller Union/Local 3" threads that always appear here.

The atmosphere is really nice--looks old even though it's new. It's next door to Leon's Full Service on Ponce. Weather was nice so the big windows along the front were open. It was a Monday, so the menu was the 4 course spaghetti supper, for $24/pp, and the restaurant was about half full at 6:30pm. Our party had the recommended basil pesto and the carbonara. Both were outstanding, although the pesto edged out the carbonara slightly. The salad was one of the best farm to table salads I've had in a long time. Tons of veggies--roasted brussel sprouts, radishes, cauliflower, small carrots, etc. It was dressed very lightly with balsamic dressing. And lots of parm cheese, of course. The tiny portion of tiramisu was the perfect size as dessert.

The place is mobbed on weekends so I've stayed away until now, but I believe they are now accepting reservations. We found street parking, but I think you can park in the courthouse deck for free on the weekends, near the square. Or take the Marta train and walk less than a block.

I look forward to returning. Cakes & Ale now has some good competition in the area!

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Cakes & Ale Restaurant
254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

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    bobstripower Sep 14, 2011 02:08 PM

    thaks for the review--tell us more about the main course--isthe pasta homemade, was it cooked right, what kind of sauce was on the spaghetti, home made??did it come with meat===how about bbreads--thanks

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      ted Sep 14, 2011 05:20 PM

      Bob- take a look at Kessler's and Besha Rodell's reviews (complete w/ great photos). This is pretty different if you gauge off of La Grotta and Alfredo's, I don't know that this is comparable. Honestly, I'm not even sure how authentically Italian it is, but it's definitely good. Maybe it's just more of a modern take than the more classically-oriented places in ATL.

      http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2011/09/01/no-246-restaurant-review-decatur
      http://clatl.com/atlanta/review-no-24...

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        bobstripower Sep 15, 2011 10:12 AM

        ted thanks for the link--to me, theres some foods that you just dont modrenize,and good Italian is one of them .Ive seen pineapple pizza c,mon, pizza is sausage , cheese or pepperoni--and with pasta--i mean egg on a plate of pasta?Im going back home to NY in a few weeks and cant wait to get that original Italian food--its still there,especially near Arthur ave in the Bronx, if you ever visit there, get out of manhattan one day and head there--its terrific. I do like Priccis--their ossobucco is incredible--Guess im just a red sauce guy--if you try and make Italian too fancy i say, Id rather go French

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      AnyaTika Apr 2, 2012 05:34 AM

      246 falls under the "Cal-Ital" category quothe one of their wine reps. At the end of last year they had planned on making their own pasta but hadn't purchased machine yet. I think the best thing there is the wine list, food second. I do love getting the cheese plate and enjoying the Italian dessert wine selection.

      1. Tehama Feb 20, 2013 03:11 PM

        Hello! Has anyone tried Sapori di Napoli in Decatur? I'd be grateful for any opinions. We are headed to Atlanta soon. Thank you!

        http://www.saporidinapolipizzeria.com...

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          ebennettatl Feb 21, 2013 05:16 AM

          I like it. It's more of a neighborhood, casual joint vs. going to No. 246 or Cakes and Ale, which are more upscale and for "foodies".

          But Sapori is a run by a family from Naples. You order at the counter and then they bring the dinner to you. It's very family friendly, a bit loud, and it has a nice outdoor patio.

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            Tehama Feb 21, 2013 06:10 AM

            Ohhh- that sounds really fun. I think we will try to work that in on our trip to Atlanta. Really appreciate the feed[chow]back. Have a great day! Thank you!

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