Saturday, April 18, 2015

Banbinelli's Italian Restaurant - Northlake

Bambinelli's Italian Restaurant is located at 3202 Northlake Parkway NE, Atlanta GA 30345 in a small shopping center that has The Sports Authority as its anchor store, right across from the Sears Catalog Pick-up at Northlake Mall. While the mall itself has had its ups-and-downs, this very-good family owned restaurant has held its own since 1980 and is well worth visiting..



Bambinelli's is still consistently one of the best, family owned and independently run Italian restaurants in Atlanta. It's reasonably priced and you'll get a good smattering of New York style Sicilian flavors in their pastas, pizzas and specialty dishes.The menu is fairly extensive with several appetizer, salad, sub, pasta and pizza/calzone/stromboli selections.






I've had many great meals at Bambinelli's - their pizzas are particularly good, both the deep-dish (be prepared to wait!) and the traditional. If you want the deep dish for lunch, it might be worthwhile to call ahead and get them started on one for you - you'll be glad you did! If you live in Northcrest (howdy neighbors!) Bambinelli's is the best local pizza delivery (in my humble opinion) - some of my neighbors were regulars, sometimes ordering weekly. I'm not sure why any of my neighbors would ever bother with Dominos or Pappa Johns with such a great pizza a phone call away. Also check the Tucker Times as they do offer coupons from time-to-time.
 
I would call this type of Italian fair "Italian-American" or New York style with influences mostly from Southern Italy with the spicier red tomato sauces, but with a smattering of Northern garlic-y cream sauces. I don't think I've had anything with pesto so you're on your own there - however I'm sure they do a good job. Be prepared to get very full (large portions) and the smell of parmesian cheese hits you when you enter. I'd rank this on par with Ippolito's and slightly above Provino's, if you're familiar with either local chain. This is still a family-owned business and you'll often see the owner manning the front counter/register.


Most of my friends really love the garlic knots that are served here - I believe it's basically pizza dough covered in garlic butter and herbs - do I have to say more?



I'm also very fond of their basic sauces so make sure someone at your table orders the spaghetti with sausage or meat balls. The meat balls are also particularly good here.



Several of the servers have worked here for many years - it seems every time we go back we still saw familiar faces. There's plenty of parking in this little corner of the world as the lot is mostly empty during evening hours. Be prepared to wait on weekends - this is a favorite among locals.



-- John

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