By C.W. Cameron
Is it North Buckhead? Is it South Sandy Springs? No matter how you register this area geographically, driving north from Buckhead to I-285 and Sandy Springs along Roswell Road, you can work up quite an appetite. Here are three places we love stopping and the treats we give ourselves along the way.
The Timballo at Storico Fresco
Just off Peachtree near the split with Roswell Road, Storico Fresco Ristorante e Alimentari presents both an Italian restaurant and an Italian grocery. You can enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the wooden tables, or take home some of the wide range of house made fresh and dried pastas and other treats that fill the shelves and refrigerated cases. Either way, try the Timballo, a towering baked pie with a delicious crust filled with perfectly cooked pasta, cheese and sauce. The “pollo” version has herbed chicken meatballs, tortelloni, Pomodoro sauce, spinach and fontina. The “vegetariano” is built from layers of eggplant with spaghetti alla chitarra, Pomodoro sauce, Grana Padano and seasonal vegetables. There’s a pork meatball version, too. $10 for a slice that serves two. Storico Fresco Ristorante e Alimentari, 3167 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-500-2181, storicofresco.com.
Wooden Pie Server
Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop beckons you off the road with its chalkboard signage and old-fashioned feel. This family-run shop specializes in freshly baked pies with hand-pressed crusts with fillings in seasonal flavors like Caramel and Spiced Pumpkin or perennial favorites such as Southern Buttermilk and Chocolate Meringue. Take home a whole pie and then use this beautiful handmade Red Road Woodworks pie server to neatly present each slice. The servers are crafted in different woods like this black walnut version, and the timber comes from the Ozark forest. The look will complement your prettiest dinner party. $20. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, 4600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-975-3822, buttermilkskypie.com.
Just inside the Perimeter lies a small shop that offers groceries from Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Need something from Turkey, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece or Egypt? They’ve got you covered. Fire-roasted peppers from Macedonia? Check. Seltzer from the Republic of Georgia? They’ve got it. Turkish delight in flavors from sour cherry to pomegranate? Fill up your cart. Or choose, as we did, from the almost 40 varieties of coffee they carry. We like 100 percent Arabica Cafe Najjar from a 60-year-old coffee roastery in Lebanon. The shop carries it in both regular and cardamom-scented varieties. $8.49 for 450 gram package. Bakkal International Foods, 5690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-847-9942. bakkalinternational.com