900 Third Street Alpharetta, GA 30009
Colletta is an Italian restaurant in Alpharetta, GA. They do take reservations, and we were glad we made them as the place was packed by 6:30pm.
We arrived at the restaurant and took them up on their valet parking, as it was a Friday night and not a space to be found in the parking deck nearby.
The building is attractive with an industrial chic decor, and it offers outdoor seating to the right with cool columns framing the patio area.
And inside, the bar scene is hopping as well as the dining area. The food is Northern Italian, and the chef is Michael Perez. It's a welcoming environment and casual. There were people on dates, families with kids and business people dining. There's a huge wood burning oven in the middle of the open kitchen for you to enjoy watching meals being prepped.
PROSCUITTO DI PARMA parmesan, honeycomb, seasonal fruit, fried flatbread
The prosciutto was not anything you could buy at your local grocery store - so fresh and tasty. And that fresh parmesan - wonderful!
BLACK PEPPER TAGLIATELLE carbonara, pork tesa, egg yolk, chives, pecorino romano
This dish has black pepper and pork belly infused into the pasta and it's served with a raw egg yolk so your job as a diner is to immediately stir the yolk into the pasta to create the "sauce" or carbonara. It was fabulous!
PORK MARSALA pan seared fingerling potatoes, cremini mushrooms
It was a bit tough for my preference, but that flavor was fabulous - a really rich decadent marsala.
There was no way we were going to be able to eat any more, but the desserts SOUNDED delicious.
All in all it was a great experience: delicious food, and very good service. We'll be back to sample more items from the menu. THAT was the only negative - so many choices and too little time...
Here's a sample dinner menu (they also have a fabulous wine menu as well as cocktails):