La Tagliatella has closed in midtown.
La Tagliatella, part of Poland-based AmRest, has closed its midtown location on Peachtree Street at the Shops at Metropolis. The casual Italian chain restaurant opened in late 2012, and was soon followed by a location at Emory Point on Clifton Road. The two Atlanta area locations led the chain's entry in North America. La Tagliatella became part of AmRest following the Polish company's 2011 purchase of Spanish restaurant operator Restauravia. At that time, it was reported that due to La Tagliatella's "exceptionally profitable business model" it would "be one of the main drivers of AmRest's global expansion."
La Tagliatella locations later opened in Arlington, Virginia, Germantown, Maryland, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Coral Gables, Florida.
Personally, I was not impressed with La Tagliatella on my one and only visit to their midtown location. The interior design was odd and their food was kinda blah.
Jon Watson of the AJC gave La Tagliatella's Emory Point location a zero star, "mediocre" rating. Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post was a little kinder when it came to stars, awarding the restaurant a 1/2 star but overall "poor." Sietsema said of La Tagliatella, Just say "No, grazie" to La Tagliatella, calling it "a threat to our nation."
The midtown La Tagliatella posted a sign on its door thanking midtown for their patronage and directing them to their Emory Point location. The restaurant reportedly closed after dinner service Saturday night.
Their Emory Point location is on its last leg and I'm amazed AmRest's fast casual concept daVia Italian Market Eating at Perimeter Place in Dunwoody is still open. I anticipate both restaurants closing within three months.
The 5,200 square foot midtown restaurant was for seven years Silk, an Asian restaurant, before it closed in May 2011. The space was vacant until La Tagliatella spent plenty on their flashy remodel and eventual late 2012 opening.
Casual restaurant Newk's Eatery recently opened in the Shops at Metropolis in the former Yes Home space. (The 67-unit fast-casual Newk’s Eatery chain was acquired last week by New York-based private-equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners.) The chain has four locations open in the Atlanta area with a fifth coming soon to the Village at Druid Hills.
What would you like to see open in place of La Tagliatella in midtown? If you ever made it in, did you think the food was as bad as so many diners and critics thought it was? Have you been to daVia Italian Market Eating? Thoughts?