Make the Piccolo Fritto from Floataway Cafe with spicy vinegar


I love Floataway Cafe near Emory. The ambience, service and food are all excellent. Each time I go, I can't resist ordering Piccolo Fritto — fried calamari, onions, lemons and other seasonal surprises. But the pepper vinegar dipping sauce makes this fabulous dish even more outstanding. I would be so excited to get this recipe. Thank you. — Mickey Baskett, Decatur

This recipe has been on Floataway Cafe’s menu since the restaurant opened in 1998. It was created by owner Anne Quatrano and in its first incarnation was squid, red onion and lemon slices battered and quickly fried, then served with aioli.

Since then, the recipe has evolved to include other seasonal vegetables such as the shishito peppers and cauliflower suggested in their recipe. The version in our photo includes calamari, red onion and lemon slices.

And the original aioli? It’s now given way to spicy jalapeño vinegar.

From the menu of . . Floataway Cafe, 1123 Zonolite Road, Atlanta. 404-892-1414.

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