Tartufo Italian Pizzeria will soon open adjacent to La Fourchette in Buckhead: the same owners will operate both. Tartufo, or truffle, in Italian, was first mentioned by my friend Foodie Buddha last month, but only recently has work begun. When La Fourchette opened last year, I was told they might expand to the neighboring space should business take off, and that is in essence what's happening. With La Fourchette doing well, the ownership group is opening a pizzeria in the old Edward's Pipe & Cigar shop rather than expanding the original business. I'm told the pizzeria will feature a variety of Italian style pizzas, salads, gelato and espresso.
Given the size of the space, the pizzeria should be cozy and may be the perfect size for the area. Parking is a bit of a challenge, but La Fourchette has managed well, and hopefully parking will continue to run smoothly with the addition of the second concept.
With all the great pizza shops in town, the heart of Buckhead really only has Fellini's, which is not gourmet by any means.
Blue Moon Pizza, currently with two locations in Marietta and Smyrna, will add a third location in Buckhead in the ground level of the 325 condos on Paces Ferry Road. Riccardo Ullio was supposedly opening a second Fritti location, adjacent to the St. Regis Hotel, but those plans have been scrapped for now. Jeff Varasano's "Varasano's Pizzeria" in south Buckhead has done well, but remains a little challenged by its location with a far from full condo-to-apartment converted building.
Blue Moon is well underway with their build-out, and from the looks of the space, may be open within a month or so. As for Tartufo, a restaurant representative claims they will be open in three weeks, but from my observations of the space this past weekend, I'm thinking it may be closer to five weeks of work left to do.