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Pacci Ristorante | Midtown | Atlanta

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Domestic Colorado Lamb w/ Basil Pesto Sauce

Pacci Ristorante

866 West Peachtree St. NW

Atlanta, GA 30308


www.pacciatlanta.com (link)

Since it’s inception 9 months ago, the incubation of this lil’blog venture has rekindled  an interest I had at an early age for things culinary.  In my schooling years I seemed to opt for the “Home Ec.” and “Foods and Nutrition” elective classes over the “wood shop” and “metal shop” electives,  it just made sense to me.  For third period, I could either breathe saw dust and risk lopping off my digits on some rogue overused table saw or…hang out with a bunch of girls to make (and eat) cookies.  It may have been a risky move in the fragile testosterone driven hierarchy of High School but seriously…sharing warm cookies at 10am with girls…I’ll risk the promise of a beating and some ridicule, just pass me the milk afterwards to wash it down.  Membership in the club has had it’s privileges.  But since this photographic exploration is beginning to get slight notice, I have come across some privileges that I sometimes have a difficult time with.  On occasion I will be invited to an event or dinner for media types.  I assume that this invitation is just more than a ‘glad-hand’ in my direction, and the ultimate goal is exposure.  When I receive any of these invites, I feel an obligation to let the host know that my deal is a bit more involved than just a taste & write.  I come with baggage, literally.  For my blog postings to take shape, I show up with lights and equipment, take a bit of space and require a minimum of 3 hours to capture the caliber of images seen on Spoonfed.  I also prefer to move about the business to incorporate some of the atmosphere of a dining room that will hopefully result in a cohesive presentation.  I feel bad or guilty accepting these dinner invitations only to show up, gorge, and walk away not having taken any shots because of bad lighting, no space, and not wanting to infringe on another’s dining experience with constant flashes.  But after receiving an invite from Pacci a few months ago to attend a wine dinner, I decided to let go of my fears and ‘what ifs’ and enjoy a meal.  I showed up with a scaled down version of my photo kit but quickly realized that it still wasn’t going to work out.  It would have been a hassle for the host to provide me with a special table and also for the other invited guests to endure the dizzying strobes so luckily, I was able to revisit Pacci Ristorante at a later date and take my time…and I am glad I did for these may be some of my new favorites…

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Kobe Beef Carpaccio (Pacci)- Kobe NY Strip, Tapenade, Rucola, Parmesan

Grilled Alaskan Halibut- heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, red onion, oven roasted brown alba mushrooms, rucola, corn jus

Duck Confit-Anson Mills Polenta, Gorgonzola, Blackberry Marmalade

Chocolate Strata- layer chocolate, chocolate mousse, pecan cocoa nib, vanilla gelato

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Written by Mark Petko

May 19th, 2010 at 11:43 am