Westside restaurant from Storico Fresco team gets name

Pi fasacc at Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante in Buckhead. / Photo credit: Chris Hunt

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Pi fasacc at Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante in Buckhead. / Photo credit: Chris Hunt

The team behind a popular Buckhead pasta spot is gearing up for a second Atlanta venture.

Executive chef Michael Patrick and partner Pietro Gianni will open Roman-inspired restaurant Forza Storico this summer in the Westside Provisions District, on the ground level opposite JCT Kitchen.

Forza’s offerings “will include full-dining, an elevated bar experience, and an expanded patio with a larger, more defined beer and wine selection,” according to the press release. Unlike Storico Fresco, Forza -- whose name is a nod to the Roman slang for “let’s do this” -- will not include a retail market.

Patrick and Gianni opened Storico Fresco in the Buckhead Exchange shopping center in 2016, with a menu emphasizing handmade pastas, fresh sauces and prepared food, cheese and cured meats. The restaurant received a three star review from the AJC.

Forza Storico will join several other several other new concepts in the Westside Provisions District development. Aziza, from Bellina Alimentari owner Tal Baum, is set to open this spring in the space underneath Marcel  with a menu reflecting Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine.

In the former Bacchanalia space, Redbird from former Watershed chef Zeb Stevenson and co-owner Ross Jones,  is slated to open as early as June with a menu that will mix cooking styles from all over the world and feature local, seasonal ingredients.

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