Ford Fry is at it again. It's no secret, I'm a big fan of the entire Fry oeuvre. JCT, The Optimist, No. 246, King & Duke are among my favorite spots in town, and it seems others agree because they're always bustling and getting rave reviews.
Now comes St. Cecilia, which opened yesterday in the old Bluepointe space in Buckhead's Pinnacle building. The ceilings are still soaring and the massive dining room is light-filled and upscale chic complete with 20 seat bar and a cozy corner with a sofa, perfect for after-work cocktails or weekend canoodling. The restaurant's name pays tribute to the patron saint of music and the sirens of Greek lore whose songs lured sailors to shore. So expect nods to music on Lara Creasy's cocktail menu, like a Hazy Shade of Winter, which is a white winter sangria.
St. Cecelia's menu focuses on Southern Europe featuring the pastas, roasted fish and fresh crudo you might find in seaside villages. Preparations are simple to emphasize the quality of ingredients. For example a spaghetti features clams, lemon, serrano chili and garlicky crumbs, while a triggerfish features wood roasted calamari, heirloom potato, fennel and citrus. All pastas are of course made in-house.
I had to promise no reviews yet to attend the friends and family dinner recently, but suffice it to say, that Fry is once again going to kill it with this place! Consider him the King Midas of Atlanta dining...
St. Cecilia serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For more information, visit stceciliaatl.com or call 404-554-9995 for reservations.