White Bull chef bringing Italian food to Piedmont Heights this year

The chef and owner of a popular Decatur Square restaurant is slated to open a second concept later this year in Piedmont Heights.

Pat Pasquale "Pat" Pascarella, who owns and operates The White Bull, will launch casual Italian eatery Grana at 1835 Piedmont Ave. NE. The restaurant will specialize in wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, housemade pasta and other Italian staples. Also look for a special meatball program, seasonal vegetable sides and a family-style polenta dish served directly on the table. Ingredients will be sourced locally and from Italy.

Rounding out the food menu will be a beverage list including classic cocktails, wine from regions across Italy and beer from around the world.

Grana’s dining room will include both communal and individual tables, a bar and two wood-fired Marra Forni brick pizza ovens in the dining room. The space will also feature a rooftop overlooking Piedmont Ave. with a bar and fire pits in cooler months.

In addition to helming the kitchen at The White Bull, Pascarella also previously served as executive chef of Ford Fry's West Midtown restaurant The Optimist and also served a stint in the kitchen at Le Bernardin in Manhattan.

“Rather than serving inventive takes on traditional specialties, our emphasis is going to be on providing well-executed dishes that are true to Italian tradition,” Pascarella said in a prepared statement. “We want to give our guests consistent, approachable food in a casual, laid-back atmosphere.”


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