At U Restaurants, we take pride in crafting authentic, quintessential cuisines with an impeccable attention to detail – and flavor. Our style is honest. By featuring quality ingredients and family recipe traditions, we help our guests create delectable, memorable experiences to be cherished for years to come. Our restaurant family includes Sotto Sotto, Atlanta’s most celebrated authentic Italian restaurant; Fritti, the city’s favorite place for pizza and small plates; and Escorpion, our Mexican cantina that sports regionally inspired dishes and specialty tequilas. We welcomed the newest member of our family, Novo Cucina, in May 2015, where the menu combines the casual ease of Fritti’s pizza, fresh salads and gelato with the fresh pastas of Sotto Sotto. Our restaurants provide the perfect backdrop for special occasions – contact us to discuss your event details.
Opened in 1999, Sotto Sotto is the most celebrated and critically acclaimed Italian Restaurant in Atlanta. Named one of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the US by the New York Post, it is the go-to restaurant for innumerable celebrities, athletes, and even a past President. Chef-owner Riccardo Ullio serves simple, regional food derived from centuries of culinary traditions. The all-Italian, awarding-winning wine list. is the deepest in the southeast. Impeccable hospitality and an intimate dining room promote the feeling of dining in a roomful of friends rather than strangers.
Benvenuti, e buon appetito
Sotto Sotto is located at 313 North Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA., and is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until midnight and Sunday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Please call 404-523-6678.
During a trip to Naples, Italy – the birthplace of pizza – chef-owner Riccardo Ullio walked into Di Matteo on Via Tribunali. The kitchen had two pieces of cooking equipment: a wood burning oven and a cast-iron pot filled with oil. It was one of the few restaurants, even in Italy, still honoring the tradition of combining a “pizzeria” and a “friggitoria” – selling pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven and fried snacks, called fritti. Ullio fell in love with the idea of bringing these foods to Atlanta, and opened Fritti in 2000.
Here, Master Pizzaiolo Massimo Andreozzi directs the creation of the restaurant’s signature pizza, made from imported 00 flour and sea salt, the dough rises slowly over several days. Hand-milled San Marzano tomatoes, the finest meats from speck to salsiccia, and locally produced fior di latte mozzarella cheese make Fritti Atlanta’s first – and finest – pizza artigianale.
An array of salads, panini, spiedini and grilled items round out a truly comfortable, casual dining experience. A comprehensive list of affordable Italian wines, curated by beverage manager Eric Zollicoffer, is a perfect complement to the menu.
The restaurant is situated in a re-fashioned garage in Atlanta’s hip, historic Inman Park, walking distance from the Atlanta BeltLine and next door to sister restaurant Sotto Sotto. Fritti’s atmosphere, like its menu, is versatile, with a spacious, open-air patio that allows guests the chance to enjoy al fresco dining, and an upper level, loft-style private dining room that seats up to 35.
Fritti is located at 309 North Highland Avenue, NE., Inman Park, Atlanta, GA, and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please call 404.880.9559.
With restaurateur Riccardo Ullio’s third Italian concept, he introduces a whole new way to eat Italian. At Novo Cucina, Italian culinary tradition marries innovative casual dining, making eating out fun, easy and enjoyable. This inviting concept, Ullio’s first in Dunwoody, offers the finest of what Ullio’s successful Inman Park concepts, Fritti and Sotto Sotto, have given diners for over 15 years: artisanal pizza, classic pastas, salads and alluring appetizers such as funghi fritti and arancini, as well as 18 flavors of freshly spun gelato daily. Diners can relax at Novo’s inviting bar, or explore lunch and dinner options while enjoying the spacious, open-air sunroom and the modern vibe of the restaurant’s atmosphere. Novo’s culinary team, led by Ullio, consists of Neapolitan pizzaiolo Patrizio Alaia and former AJC dining critic Meridith Ford as gelataia.
Novo Cucina is located at 5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody, Ga. Novo is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please call 470-275-3000.
Our philosophy at Escorpion is simple – to offer guests the authentic, indigenous flavors of Mexico while incorporating the eclectic, modern vibe of Atlanta’s Midtown area. Step into this rustic Mexican cantina, and take a seat at the 360-degree copper topped bar – it’s the perfect perch for just one, two – or a party. Escorpion features a taco menu with classics of al pastor and braised goat barbacoa, as well as antojitos (small street-inspired bites) and regionally inspired dishes such as chile relleno and chilaquiles.