Alpine Bakery & Trattoria

In all my culinary quests, I’ve discovered that there is a
difference between “Italian” food and Italian food. Anyone who has experienced the latter knows the first kind is just an inferior imitation. Luckily, an authentic interpretation of quality Italian cooking is available at Alpine Bakery & Trattoria in Crabapple.

At the entrance, two dessert cases filled with fanciful treats in the bakery will tempt you to skip straight to dessert, but your willpower will be rewarded as you explore the restaurant’s savory options. A highlight of my meal came quickly with the robust Italian wedding soup, loaded with tortellini and meatballs made in-house with a trio of veal, pork and beef. Additional must-try menu items include an incredible caprese salad, made with layers of creamy imported burrata, brightly flavored heirloom tomatoes, aged balsamic vinegar, strips of basil and a strong sprinkling of smoked sea salt, and a deliciously hearty pappardelle bolognese with thick ribbons of pasta, generous portions of meat and crumbles of goat cheese in a creamy red sauce.

Alpine is also famous for phenomenal New York-style pizzas. I recommend topping one with some tasty Italian sausage, which the restaurant procures from Patek Meat Products in Austell, Ga., working closely with the producers to get the best possible product. They also order the highest quality cuts of veal top loin and butcher it in-house, make their sauces in-house, bring in fresh pasta from locally based Pasta Mami, and work with a variety of vendors to get the freshest produce available. The goal is to maintain control of their ingredients, according to General Manager Anthony DeTommaso. “There is a splash of TLC in everything,” he said.

That sentiment carries into the aforementioned bakery. Forget the dessert menu, and peruse the cases of cakes, cookies, cannoli and more for yourself. You can select a sweet to be sent to your table, or purchase a few to savor later.

Photo courtesy of Derek Shane Photography.

Alpine Bakery & Trattoria
12315 Crabapple Road