Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante
We had a dream to bring traditional and nearly lost Italian dishes to Atlanta. The result: Storico Fresco Alimentari, quite simply an Italian grocery store and restaurant in one. We’ve gone beyond and created a true Italian experience for you to enjoy. We use locally sourced ingredients to craft our authentic dishes.
I will literally recommend this place to ANYONE!!!! The food was amazing. Service, OUTSTANDING!!!!! We had to wait a bit for our food and appetizers but our waitress, Rian, made it all worth while and she comped our drinks! I’m Italian but I feel like I’m TRULY an Italian now. The pasta is freshly made in house and it shows. I will absolutely be going back soon and by soon I mean probably tomorrow.
Tables too close together, could hear neighboring conversations. Food was great.
The low down -- the food was good, the ambiance okay, and the service was poor.
I had pesto linguine with shrimp. It was nutty and unique. The salad was quite delicious with the inclusion of Roman pearl onions (marinated and carmelized) -- it's something I would enjoy eating again. The cheese board was underwhelming -- skimpy. My wife enjoyed her mixed green salad and beet pasta dish. She really liked her dessert.
The bar service wss commendable and speedy. My Classic Rye Manhattan was drier than any other, but I enjoyed it. My wife approved of the Pinot Grigio. The table service however, was poor. The main server wasn't too friendly and we had to remind her and others that they had not brought items that we were told were right on the way. In short, the slow, uninspired, and somewhat oblivous service came up rather short of what one would expect in a restaurant of this reputation and cost.
The space is advertised as being "minimal" and some such environments I have been in tune with. However, I didn't find this space to be at all endearing or comfortable. It was quite crowded mostly with 30-somethings who appeared to be quite engaged in conversation and in what might be consider a hip place. I had no trouble with this, but it is so terribly noisy (likely due to its architectural materials) that it is hard to have a conversation without having to strain and shout.
In sum Storico Fresco is overrated and disappointing. Given the huge number of great restaurants in Atlanta, there was nothing particularly pleasant, outstanding, or memorable about the experience there to wish for a return. The sum of $175 spent could have bought a superior dining experience elsewhere or have paid for five visits to a favorite Mexican restaurant or three or four visit to a number of very good Indian restaurants. Some might say this is comparing apples to oranges but in this case the oranges really are much better!
Some of the best Italian food in the city along with a great wine list! The jam packed ambiance makes it even better. Noise level is louder but adds to the experience. Love this place!
The food at Storico Fresco is amazing, but we had terrible service. Our waiter checked on us maybe two times the entire meal, was extremely rude, rushed us to order and after multiple requests for water and bread from multiple employees we still did not receive any. The service was slow as well. If you want to try their food, you can buy it and take it home, which I would recommend. Too expensive to pay for the terrible service.
Very bad service during Friday lunch. Not enough wait staff including bad attention. Won’t go back for lunch
Storico fresco is simply fantastic! From the authentic Italian food to the staff working like a Swiss watch it is one of the best dining experiences in town.
Was there for Valentine’s Day and it was a little too crowded. Had tables stacked on each there and waiters had no idea which table was which. Food was great though! Would go again.
Great restaurant, great food. Yes it's not the most quiet restaurant, but it's a nice homey ambience. Like a family eating together and talking amongst each other. Not loud to the point you are hurting your vocal cords. Now, the food: woah! The entree Fritto Misto di Mare was to die for. I admit the Arancini (risotto balls) where a let down, but still very nice. The best part I think was the pasta and the vegetables, pleaseee get a plate of vegetables (brussel sprouts and cauliflower where perfect!). <-- I am a mushroom person and the mushrooms where ok, not wow. Just ok. I originally wanted to eat Linguine al Pesto e Gamberi, but the waitress seemed very excited about every plate but that one so I changed my mind.. very disappointed that she didn't hint it was good that's what made me doubt if that plate was good enough. We instead had Tagliatelle a la Bolognese which blew mi mind!, also Cavatelli a la Ragu di Cinghiale which has an amazing strong taste so good!, finally we ordered Salmone.. so fresh and tasty, except for the lentils they just didn't fit with the amazing Salmon. This may sounds like a not so good review, but the food has me dreaming about it in spite little details here and there. To finish the night we had dessert: Affogato.. if I could I would eat this every day, it's a must! To complete this review we had the PERFECT wine, a very smooth and delicate red wine: Nero d'Avola. <-I also heard great reviews of the Cacio e Pepe plate and the Bucatini alle Vongole from friends. The service was impecable, very attentive! It's a must go.
Good food, good atmosphere even though it was extremely loud. I understand being busy on Valentine's Day, but it seems the table next to us was getting the bread we ordered every time, and I believe they got the food for the people that were two tables over. We had to ask for water several times, bread several times (we finally got it when we finished our main courses), and it was extremely hard to talk to anyone, let alone each other. We will try again on a night that isn't so busy, the Tagliatelle Bolognese was the best we've ever had, the Bucatini was ok, could've used a little cheese, maybe slightly more lemon, but was good.
Amazing food, great embiance, and attentive service!
The cheese board is underwhelming but everything else was delicious!
Great apps and wine selection. Our waitress was very helpful as well
I think this place has peaked and is no longer of interest to us. The menu never changes, service is slow, but the worst thing is the noise level. We had to shout at each other and we were right next to each other! It is by far the loudest restaurant in Atlanta.
Excellent, everything! We will come back
Excellent Italian food served in an Italian grocery in Buckhead. Our favorite was the pesto linguine with shrimp. And be sure to have an afogato for dessert. The room is fairly crowded and noisy. For extra space request one of the tables in the kitchen areas or, for a quieter space, request a table on the heated patio.
Delicious pasta and desserts. Really fun vibes. Definitely need a reservation.
Honestly, I came here because Heather McMahan raves about it all the time and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. I did something different and planned a date for my husband and I vs. the other way around and my husband absolutely loved it. 10/10 recommend.
Wonderful location for our daughter's birthday celebration. Would highly recommend!
The food is outstanding -- specifically the prosciutto the management has optimized the available space. The wine and drink selection are excellent and 'bang for the buck' value is hard to top. If you are in the mood for a great meal at a place where you can relax, Storico Fresco is the place … there are lots of great restaurants in Atlanta and this one is at the top.
Service was horrible. It was a Saturday afternoon at 1 PM. They weren’t friendly. They weren’t interested in providing good service, basically disinterested. Cacio E Pepe was lukewarm.
Grandpy cocktail is YUM! Chickpeas were unexpectedly delicious and smoky.
Delicious food, and energetic vibe.
We were in town for the super bowl. The food was amazing and the experience was great.
Wonderful restaurant. Food is excellent, staff is personable, knowledgeable and nice even if the noise level is high. Will keep returning every time I’m in Atlanta.
The food and service are simply outstanding. This is the best pasta I have ever had. And the staff are so friendly had helpful.
Great food and service!
Exceptional food! I haven't stopped thinking about our meal since we left! Absolutely delicious.
Authentic small plate energetic Italian. Love this place. So creative
Great place to spend an evening eating wonderful food and experiencing that European style of dining where conversation is as rewarding as the food.
The noise level was so loud and so unmanageable that we asked to sit outside, even though it was near 8pm in the middle of January. Once out there, the very kind wait staff lit the heaters and were very lovely and helpful. They even brought blankets for our legs. The food was very good--and as I said, the service impeccable--but I wouldn't go back because of the deafening noise inside the restaurant.
Great cozy meal.
Despite have a reservation, we were sat 45 minutes late. Otherwise the food and wine is worth it
The food was delectable and it came out surprisingly fast considering how busy it was.
Food is always awesome! Everything is fresh and well prepared. Never disappoints!
The food was excellent. Everything was great and all the pasta dishes tasted very fresh and homemade. The two desserts we had (chocolate cake with hazelnuts and ricotta pie) were among the best we have every eaten. Only negative was the noise level which was high but it was a Saturday night and a lot of big parties were seated.
Service was not good. Noisey and poor lighting. Ambience is one thing but saw many pull out phones to light up menu. Dish with shrimp came with empty heads of prawns, one large prawn and several shrimp tails. Little piece of bread for each of us (1” x 2” at most) and $3 if wanted more. Had great recommendation to go there. Very disappointed.
Authentic Italian; professional and knowledgeable staff.
This restaurant gets very busy, and for good reason! The food is great, the drinks are strong, but make a reservation or be ready to wait!
Excellent and innovative food offerings!