Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
3500 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Although Davio’s is located at Phipps Plaza, nothing about this place feels like a restaurant you would normally find in a mall. The décor is sophisticated, the service is attentive and, as I would soon discover, the food is nice alternative to the less appealing food court selections that we’re normally forced to settle for when shopping or seeing a movie at Phipps.
Davio’s occupies a large space (formerly Nike Town) and has many different seating options, so after giving us the choice of where to sit, the friendly hostess seated my dining companion and I at a booth in the bar area that felt surprisingly intimate. While we mulled over the menu, we ordered glasses of Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana ($14/glass) and our server brought us a fresh bread basket with a dish of spreads and olives. It’s hard to not fill up on these, but believe me, you’ll want to save room for the dishes that follow.
For appetizers, my friend and I decided to try the Blue Hill Bay mussels with Dijon mustard cream and fresh herbs ($10) and the squash soup with Georgia apples ($8). The mussels were plump and tender and we couldn’t stop sopping up the mustard cream with our bread. The squash soup had a welcome sweetness and was equally delicious. This soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day.
I ordered the pan seared sea scallops with fresh corn grits and goat cheese stuffed piquillo pepper ($27) for my entrée, and my friend ordered the pappardelle with braised beef short rib and black truffle jus ($19). The scallops were very large and cooked perfectly, while the accompanying corn grits made this a very hearty and satisfying dish. My companion’s pappardelle was delicious as well, although a bit heavy on the mushrooms. The portions were very generous and left us with plenty of leftovers to take home.
Then came the dessert cart, which our server explained to us in great detail. I always save room for dessert, so we decided to try the tiramisu ($9) and the Granny Smith apple tart ($10). The tiramisu was heavy on the espresso yet it wasn’t soggy in the least as many tiramisus are. It was simply delicious and our favorite of the two desserts, although the apple tart also makes for a tasty finale.
Turns out the menu at Davio’s is just as large as the dining room, so I look forward to visiting again soon to try the many other dishes that Davio’s has to offer.