Ristorante Mabianni –home of the most unique Italian food and name in Northwest Georgia — closing Dec. 29. Plus: Taverna adds brunch menu to Saturday mornings.

Ristorante Mabianni –home of the most unique Italian food and name in Northwest Georgia — closing Dec. 29. Plus: Taverna adds brunch menu to Saturday mornings.

Good luck finding this sort of Italian meal in Northwest Georgia after Dec. 29.

Well, this stinks. Ristorante Mabianni, which quietly became a regional favorite for specialty Italian dishes in quaint downtown Adairsville, is closing Dec. 29. The owners are relocating to South Florida after two-and-a-half-years in Bartow County.

They advertised “fresh Basil Pesto, Neapolitan Lasagna and Salads — Italian food made fresh for you” and they nailed it each time.

Our favorite, by far: Pancheta olive and garlic over spaghetti with Italian sausage on the side. The custom ravioli never missed, and there was — is — a comfortable selection of sides, salads and desserts as well as wine and beer.  View the menu here.

You still have a few weeks to try it or to get one more plate of the most unique pasta dinner you’ll find in Northwest Georgia. Even those of us who couldn’t quite remember the name — thankfully Facebook and Google both answered corrected when asked, “Italian restaurant in Adairsville” — knew where to find a great meal.

In a market where independents have found success alongside the chains, Ristorante Mabianni is an indy we hate to see leave. If anything, entrepreneurs eager to join the 1,350 other restaurants in the 10-county region need to “borrow” this menu for a spin of their own.

Taverna Mediterranean Grill, Cartersville: Brunch isn’t just for Sundays any more in Cartersville. Another relatively new favorite continues to expand. This update from the popular westside retreat off Main Street: “We are excited to announce that we now offer brunch on Saturday as well as Sunday at Taverna! We’ve also updated our Kids Menu and added ‘Build Your Own’ Bloody Mary bar to brunch. And, yes, Bottomless Mimosas!” We’re pretty sure the Bloody Marys and Mimosas aren’t part of the kids menu upgrade.

 

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