No matter your stance on the PSL (that’s “pumpkin spice latte” for those of you living under a rock), pumpkin is unequivocally the flavor of fall. Whether you prefer your pumpkin in a savory preparation or a sweet treat, these OTP eateries have you covered. Check out these dishes that celebrate pumpkin in ways that are anything but “basic.”
- Pumpkin zeppole
Head to modern Italian restaurant Colletta in Alpharetta’s Avalon to dive into fall with its version of indulgent doughnut bites in the form of pumpkin zeppole. Made of pumpkin batter with hints of cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice, then topped with candied pumpkin seeds and a sorghum glaze, these little pillows of pumpkin goodness make for a great post-dinner treat.
Colletta, 900 Third St., Alpharetta, 678-722-8335, collettarestaurant.com.
- Pumpkin ravioli
A savory take on pumpkin is on offer at Sugo restaurant in Johns Creek. Order the walnut-crusted halibut served with pumpkin ravioli, braised cabbage, spiced apples, fresh spinach and a brown butter sauce. The tender ravioli is filled with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, almonds and sage. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth by capping off your meal with the pumpkin cheesecake, topped with pecan caramel and spiced whipped cream.
Sugo, 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-817-8000, sugorestaurant.com.
- Pumpkin spice macarons
At Alon’s Bakery & Market in Dunwoody (it also has a location in Morningside), try the pumpkin spice macarons with a ganache filling made with white chocolate, pumpkin puree, molasses and cream. Think of it as a French twist on an American flavor. (Note: They also mix up a delectable pumpkin cheesecake.) Alon’s whips up all ingredients in-house for made-from-scratch, fresh-out-the-oven treats.
Alon’s Bakery & Market, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, 678-397-1781, alons.com.
- Pumpkin spice “Lolly Waffles” and affogato
The Nest Café—a coffee shop and cafe in the heart of historic Alpharetta—serves up their signature waffles on a stick (aka “Lolly Waffles”) with a pumpkin spice twist this fall. And if you’d rather imbibe your pumpkin spice, consider trying the pumpkin spice affogato—a scoop of Italian gelato and a double shot of espresso—for a pick-me-up.
The Nest Café, 58 Canton St., Alpharetta, 678-231-2477, thenestcafe.net.The “Zakolantern” at MADE Kitchen & Cocktails is a bourbon/pumpkin Manhattan. Photo courtesy of MADE Kitchen & Cocktails.
- Zakolantern bourbon-pumpkin spice cocktail
Looking for pumpkin in the shape of an adult beverage? Try the “Zakolantern” at MADE Kitchen & Cocktails (named after the eatery’s head bartender, Christian Zak). The $12 cocktail is a bourbon/pumpkin Manhattan, with house-made bitters that are a combination of roasted pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg for a dose of fall in a glass.
MADE Kitchen & Cocktails, 45 Roswell St., Alpharetta, 770-452-6233, madekc.com.Pumpkin spice ice cream at Scream’n Nuts. Photo courtesy of Scream’n Nuts.
- Pumpkin spice ice cream/pumpkin cheesecake doughnut
Serving up ice cream, donuts and locally roasted coffee, Scream’n Nuts is offering a pumpkin spice ice cream this fall. The extra-creamy ice cream also comes with pumpkin seed brittle for a little added crunch. If the cooler weather has you craving something a little warmer, order the pumpkin cheesecake doughnut—it has a rich pumpkin cheesecake center and is topped with caramel icing and house-made pecan brittle, then finished with whipped cream.
Scream’n Nuts, 5950 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 404-474-4766, screamnnuts.com.Pumpkin doughnuts at Wildflour are made with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Photo courtesy of Wildflour.
- Pumpkin doughnut
Get your pumpkin fix all the way through the holidays at Wildflour, which is offering hand-made pumpkin doughnuts available through January. The donughnuts are made with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, and glazed with a maple syrup fondant. The only problem we anticipate? Eating just one. Donuts are just $1.50 each.
Wildflour, 5815 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta, 678-822-9453, wildflouratlanta.com.Il Giallo Osteria & Bar is highlighting pumpkin throughout the month of November, including this Tortellini de Zucca. Photo courtesy of il Giallo Osteria & Bar.
- Pumpkin tortellini
Wrapping up our tour de pumpkin is another savory interpretation from il Giallo Osteria & Bar, which is highlighting pumpkin throughout the month of November in everything from soups and pastas to entrees and desserts. Pasta lovers might want to try the Tortellini de Zucca—a pumpkin tortellini served in a brown butter sauce with fresh sage and pecans—for a fall-inspired dish that’s salty, sweet and nutty.
5920 Roswell Rd. B-118, Sandy Springs, 404-709-2148, ilgialloatl.com.