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519 E Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.838564 -84.370946
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, Buckhead Village
knowledgeable staff, amazing olive oil, great bread – My husband and I visited this place and were greeted by a very attentive valet. Our server was equally attentive--one of the best we've ever had. The olive oil served with the bread tastes delicious--imported from Italy and very peppery--and the food was just as good. If the server recommends something, try it. The chef is truly in touch with flavor combinations and the meats are superb.
Downward Spiral – This place used to be great. My husband and I used to visit once a month or so. In the last year it has become increasingly worst and after our last visit we will not return. The bartenders that used to be ther were wonderful. After 2 visits we walked in the door and she had our drinks ready. The bartenders now would not notice you if you were on fire - not to mention there is a different once every time we visit. The service in the dining room has gotten continually worse. I understand their stress however after watching the owner berate them in front of everyone. He is definately rules with an iron fist. The food is still good but not as good as it used to be a year ago. Between the decline in the service and the food we will not be back.
My Tuscan Birthday Dinner Party! And I Didn't Even Leave Atlanta! – This past Saturday night, I celebrated by 39th. Birthday once again. And I wanted Italian. Something comforting about Italian. Antica Posta, on East Paces fit the bill. It's in one of those tiny little houses, that fit snuggly around Maple Drive. A beautiful bar area awaited us, with perfect dirty Grey Martini's. The little dining rooms are tight, but beautifully arranged. Close enough, so I could see my neighbors entrees arriving, and trying to decide from this very creative Tuscan menu. Upon our waiters suggestion, we started with Crostini w/Chicken Liver Sauce. I was in heaven, with the rich velvety chicken livers. Visions of my long ago childhood came into focus, and I realized it was 39 again for me. The Caprese Salads were a perfect cleansing. I had a devine Osso Bucco, and this veal shank was seared perfectly and was served with flavorful roasted potatoes. I can't forget an app. of Gnocchi, little homemade dumplings w/sauteed Asparagus. My companion had the most tender Veal Scalloppini ever. The owner, Marco Betti, came by the table for a birthday salute. And with that, Chef Alessando came out of the kitchen with an Italian Creame Birthday Cake. This is one Birthday Dinner Party I won't forget soon. This place is terrific, for any occassion!
Best Italian food and setting in the area – I have to agree with the other reviewer when I say don't always trust reviewers. To review a restaurant on ANY holiday is not fair, anyone that is in the business knows that. I recently visited Antica Posta on a busy night and had a great experience. Our server was very nice and seemed to know alot about the restaurant--I believe her name was Sonya. Regardless the food was great, and it reminded me of true Italian food. No fuss, just quality fare and the freshest ingredients at a good price. The olive oil is the best I've had in America. It is truely a diamond in the ruff among so many others in Buckhead. The restaurant is in an old house, and while it it might be a little noisy, it has so much charm. I had a great experience and plan to go back very soon. I would not even compare this place to other Italian restaurants in the area. It is different, but in a good way. At this place you can sit and be merry, and have limencello sent to your table if you are lucky.
Very Disappointed – I have never written a review about a restaurant before. I have decided after my experience at Antica Posta I may start looking at other people's experiences before choosing a restaurant I have not been to before and also give my review, positive or negative. We went to the restaurant early to avoid the crowd. The waitress at Antica Posta was very indifferent and unattentive to our table which was downstairs. When we first arrived there was only one other table seated, but it still took forever to get drinks or hear the specials. In the waitresses defense, by the end of the night it seemed like she was waiting on the entire downstairs section which was too big for her to handle(six tables total - three large tables and three four tops). I had the Gnocchi, which I always order when I see it on a menu and my friend had the crab and bowtie pasta dish. Both dishes had very little taste and as an experienced Gnocchi eater, I was very disappointed. As someone who loves to eat out and loves Italian food, I don't believe I will go to this restaurant again for dinner with all the other great Italian restaurants in Atlanta and in the 30305 zip code. They did seem to have a nice bar area and may visit again for a cocktail, but not for food.
Don't waste $100.00 – I went out to eat at Antica Posta last night and I have to say I was extremely disappointed. The food was not good and the service was even worse. It took forever to get our food and even longer to get the check after we had finished. One of the other waiters must have sensed our irritation and gave us a free dessert because of how long we were waiting. We sat downstairs and it was so loud, we couldn't have a conversation. I had heard good things about this restaurant, but I will not be returning.
Not that special, crowded, forgettable service – Our waitress was very indifferent to our group and we were crammed in with several tables in a high traffice area. It was difficult to get much detailed info from her about the menu...she didn't sell us on anything. She couldn't tell us if the meatball appetizer would be enough of all 6 of us. Not much more info on the risotto.We waited for our check & to pay. We had an early reservations so it wasn't a peak time. She didn't engage us in any conversation-no personality. Didn't seem to care if we liked the place.
The food was good, but not great. We did bring our own wine which is a plus but we have had much more attentive servcie and better food at other local Italian restaurants. I wouldn't go again unless frinds really wanted to go there. Amalfi in Roswell (formerly Sal's) is much better servicr & food. Ditto La Grotta.
Solid Tuscan fare; good value; attentive service. Don't listen to the whiners. – Reading other reviews makes me think one thing: you can't trust reviews! Having said that, I love restaurants, travel and food ... when I travel I rely on information from the locals and keep my fingers crossed that the whiney and self-important failed to log on and do what they do best: complain. I want anybody from out of town (non-Atlantans) to know that Antica Posta is a jewel. A lovely old house updated with a warm and friendly bar and open patio is the setting. Yes, it is small, but I think its numerous, frequent and loyal patrons view that as a plus. The amazing food outweighs seeing waiters vye for space between tables. On my visits, the staff has been nothing but overhwhelmingly helpful, calm and prof. I've had delicious meals at the hands of Marco and Gianni in a cozy atmosphere. Also, my company holds annual & flawless holiday parties there. I can't find an entree that disappoints. Since dessert is my least favorite thing in any spot I say with vehemence: do not miss the Grandmother's Cake - it defies definition but is both succulent and not too sweet. If you must order the tired Tiramasu dessert dish, their's is top of that barrel. This restaurant is small, "tight" in service ("tight" is a good thing), and no-nonsense (as in straightforward). If you want a delicious meal with a varied wine list in a comfortable setting look no further. Whiners should go straight to The Cheesecake Factory or some other chain where they belong. I am an individual who lives in the same zip code as Antica Posta. Atlanta has many fine restaurants and Antica Posta is perfect if you find yourself in Buckhead on business or otherwise. PLUS: provides a warm, Tuscan and romantic environment but I think it would be dimwitted to assess any restaurant on Valentine's, New Years or other made-up holidays. If you get a bad meal or service here - give them another chance - trust me that had to be a fluke.
Don't waste your Time or your Money on Antica Posta! HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT! – I also went on Valentine's Day and waited over an hour for my table. Dinner took us 3 hours from the time we arrived to the time we got in our car. In all that time we probably only saw our server hmm maybe 3 times and were only able to have 1 glass of wine b/c he never offered to get us another!!! I thought I was going to eat my hand until he finally brought us our bread. I wanted to end with dessert but after waiting 30 minutes for dessert and coffee it never arrived. Instead the waiter brought us our check! Everyone was unhappy with the service. I wrote a page long letter to the owner detailing our horrible experience but naturally I never heard anything back. It amazes me that they have been around so long. My friend actually called to ask me if I had written one of the other reviews b/c it sounded exactly like my experience I had told her about. I canceled two other reservations that night and was so excited to take my fiance there for dinner but I was kicking myself for not going somewhere else! This place does not deserve your business. I plan to spread the word. Who wants to dine somewhere that has such an arrogant owner/host and horrible service and on top of that pay $$$$$$$ for it! I'd rather buy some Ragu and make it myself!
Owners should be ashamed of themselves – How difficult is it to provide average Italian fare,especially when you are running a limited menu to an underwhelming crowd of patrons on as special an evening as NEW YEARS EVE ? Antica Posta disrespected its old and NEW customers on this night through poor quality food from beginning to end. Sharing the owner's Italian heritage, I was embarrassed for them but should have rather been angry considering the price we payed for our meals. Details: Bread sticks/crackers were stale ! The few tiny hunks of soft bread masquerading as the hearty bread that Tuscany is known for was mproved by the olive oil provided for dipping. Appetizers:the seared scallops were tasty, but others were misses: seafood salad was fishy, buffalo mozzarella ( watery ) and prosciutto had zero flavor and no personality. Entrees were served on cold plates yet ! Lobster and bowties in white wine suffered from lack of seasoning and the turbot filets with a side of chopped greens appeared to be straight out of the frozen foodcase. Veal shank was passable w/most of its flavor hidden under a soupy oniony/carrot gravy - with flavors no longer bright . Needing a lift , we ordered 3 different desserts thinking that we'd improve our evening via these palate antidepressants. The crowd pleaser: pear raisin studel - excellent. but Gelato was not the rich confection it can be, flavor was not deep but 1 dimensional, like light ice cream. Italian nougat ice cream: pretty but dense without being melt in your mouth satisfying. At this point I was worried that perhaps the real Antica Posta had been hijacked by amateurs and was being held for ransom; but the reality is that quality provisions and creative cooking were absent on New Years Eve 2006 (and the owners are surely laughing all the way to the bank ). One good word, Tomas was a great and happy server and we were pleased to provide him a generous tip. On the other hand, Antica Posta will have to pay us doubletime to take a meal with them again.
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