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Exterior of Gigi's Italian Kitchen with burgundy over hang and name in gold.
8.8

Gigi’s Italian Kitchen & Restaurant

Italian

Candler Park

$$$$Perfect For:Date NightEating At The BarDinner with the Parents

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Started as a pop-up, Gigi’s now has permanent digs in Candler Park. With red gingham tablecloths, colored Christmas lights, wax-covered candelabras, and randomly incorporated plastic green vines, Gigi’s feels like a Quentin Tarantino diner scene at a Disney theme park Italian restaurant. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but from the moment you sit down, there’s a  slow buildup of excitement—a six sense feeling from the smells and sounds of the open kitchen that some eventful sh*t is about to go down. And yes, and no. The flavors might not hit you over the head like a Tarantino fight scene, but you will really, really appreciate the stripped-down moments, like the tasty simplicity of the poached snapper and their fried, chewy polenta strips topped with cream and caviar.  The space can fit a cozy 25 to 30 diners at a time, so get a reservation early. 

Food Rundown

Pasta Primavera

This pasta is light and creamy, not too heavy on the cheese, and filled with vegetables like spinach, carrots, and whatever else is in season. It’s not always on the menu, but when it is, it’s one of the dishes that help showcase why Gigi’s is easily one of the best places in Atlanta.

Tiramisu

Gigi’s declaration of having the “best in town” tiramisu is spot on. It’s silky, decadent, and melts in your mouth. It’s the kind of dessert you plan a date night around, then secretly hope your date orders something else so you don’t have to share.

Wine

There’s a range of Italian wines, like sparkling Brachetto from Piedmont and Grappa from Veneto. And it's easy to close your eyes and pick since they all pair nicely with Gigi's small menu, making this wine list perfect for impressing your date or pretending you know more about wine than you actually do.

Green Salad

The menu changes often, as we said before, but there’s always a salad, and it’s always worth ordering. The salad with balsamic, cucumber, and radish is tangy, slightly sweet, and refreshing with subtle drama provided by the black garlic.

A plate of pasta primavera.

photo credit: Juli Horsford

Caviar and polenta.

photo credit: Juli Horsford

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