To be honest, I'd never been much interested in going to Il Localino. It's on my dog walking route, but since I'd never heard of it, I figured it couldn't be all that good. Over the weekend, though, our ill-fated attempt to dine at Sotto Sotto (clearly the recession isn't impacting their weekend hour-long wait!) led us to give Il Localino a shot.
The decor screams old school Italian joint. It's floor-to-ceiling chotchkies, and the owner, a thick-accented New Yorker married to an Italian roams about chatting everyone up. As I'd predicted, the food wasn't very exciting. My veal scallopini was fine but one-note. However, the tiramisu, from the owner's Italian grandmother's recipe, was a stand-out. So moist and bursting with flavor!
But that's not where the real magic came in - at some point mid-way through our meal, disco music started blasting and the waitstaff came around handing out crazy hats to diners. Seriously. With a giant purple wide-brimmed hat on me and a sombrero staring across the table at me - I wondered - why didn't I know about this place? It's utterly ridiculous and yet completely charming. The folks at Il Localino are all about having a good time, and they take their hats seriously. For a fun dinner out and a unique experience, check out Il Localino. If you're lucky, you'll get the totally awesome Pharaoh hat!
467 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307