Amalfi Cucina & Mercato, a traditional Italian restaurant in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead, has announced the expansion of their downtown location at 17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE.
The space is currently occupied by Saito Sushi, Steak & Cocktails, which is slated to close on September 2, 2023.
The venue plans to add a balcony over the entrance and a private dining room to seat an estimated 50 people, according to a press release.
Red Phone Booth Hospitality Group, founded by Stephen de Haan, owns both venues. RPBHG plans to find a different location in the suburbs to reopen Saito Sushi, Steak & Cocktails at a later date. They acknowledged in the press release the many years of dedication and work of their renowned sushi Chef Saito, who has worked for the company since 2011 with Czar Ice Bar in the East Andrews Entertainment District.
“The expansion of Amalfi Cucina & Mercato is a significant milestone for us, and it’s impossible to speak of this journey without sincere gratitude, acknowledging Chef Saito’s immense contributions,” de Haan said in the press release. “His culinary brilliance has enriched our brand, and as we grow, we carry forward his legacy of excellence and passion.”
Amalfi Cucina & Mercato’s Italian menu was designed by Culinary Director Robert Haynes. The distinctly authentic menu features Italian classics like Chicken Parmigiano, Chicken or Veal Marsala and Rigatoni di Napoli as well as appetizers, salads, traditional pastas and original desserts made from fresh ingredients from Italy.
Known for their Neapolitan-style pizzas, patrons of Amalfi Cucina & Mercato can expect favorites like the Margherita Carnival, Spicy Sicilian and their signature, Pizza Amalfi, made with San Marzano sauce, spicy sausage, peppadew peppers, caramelized onion, housemade bacon jam and topped with fresh mozzarella.
The restaurant also has a full bar that includes local beers on tap, craft cocktails and Sommelier chosen wines from the Tuscany and Piedmont regions in Italy. Fresh ingredients are juiced daily.
It was not immediately clear when the expanded space would be ready.