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Southern Flare Meets Eastern Fare at Atlanta's St. Cecilia

By Courtney Clark

Southern cooking with local ingredients meets coastal European flare at St. Cecilia, Atlanta's old world-inspired restaurant. Located on Peachtree Road, the restaurant has been impressing diners for more than two years. With an inviting atmosphere, delicious seafood and pasta dishes, and decadent desserts, St. Cecilia will certainly have repeat guests.

St. Cecilia opened in January 2014 thanks to Atlanta Chef/Owner Ford Fry. The goal was to serve coastal European food, what the website describes as "simple and thoughtful dishes inspired by the coastlines of Italy, Spain, and France."

Executive Chef Craig Richards also incorporates local Southern ingredients in a mix of sophistication and simplicity. With cooking rooted in tradition, Richards explains, "I appreciate that Italians are so fervent about their culinary traditions. Once you know those traditions, you can make a riff off of it. You have leeway to modernize but pay respect to the ingredients."

The result is a menu featuring a variety of dishes and flavors that change daily. The recently-added brunch selection features the likes of eggs and polenta (piave fonduta, braised greens, speck), eggs in purgatory (tomato, Calabrian chilies, braised greens, pane fritto), and sides of rosemary potatoes and polenta. St. Cecilia also has Tagliolini Carbonara (pasta featuring guanciale, black pepper, and egg) and dishes of scrambled eggs and waffles for children.

For lunch, guests can dine on dishes for the table such as v-whipped ricotta, tuna crudo, and charred calamari. Additional selections include salumi e formaggi (cured meats and cheeses), salads and soups, or pasta menus. But that's not all: there are also diverse secondi, hearth, and verdure selections. At dinnertime, customers can get these options plus meat and fish and dishes to share. Favorite dishes among guests are typically the short rib agnolotti and the cacao e pepe.

Of course, what's full-course meal without dessert? Try the delicious pecan-cranberry 'linzer' tart with white chocolate-white pepper gelato, sugared cranberries, and balsamic. There's also the warm kataifi, pear cake, and chocolate cake. Guests can pair their poison with one of the several dessert wines or a coffee cocktail (try the black betty or espresso fantasia for a real treat).

Besides the impeccable fare, guests will feel right at home in the inviting St. Cecilia. With plenty of windows to allow natural lighting during the day and warm lights at night, the wood and steel look of the restaurant gives it a cozy atmosphere. Combined with the food, it's no wonder the restaurant has at least four out of five stars across multiple social media sites.

St. Cecilia hasn't been open for very long, but it's already making waves. With a dish and beverage for every taste, including vegetarians, the European restaurant is an excellent choice.

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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