The thought of wining and dining through Italy is a dream for most people. The second best may be catching a flight to the historic country is experiencing the authentic flavors right here at home. This month, a corner of The Peach State will transform into the Eternal City of Rome as an Atlanta Italian restaurant pop-up brings some serious flavors, all at no cost to you.
On February 20, Whole Foods Market will disguise an undisclosed location in Atlanta as a trattoria.
Expert chefs, along with a team who've dedicated themselves to the art of pairing the finest cheeses, wines and prosciutto will be on-site to craft the six-course meal of your dreams.
You'll have your fix of pasta (Cacio e Pepe), meats (Osso Buco), and a plethora of other specialties like polenta.
There's also the option of smothering your dishes in cheese, which will be grated tableside.
You know you're getting the real deal because the cheese is straight from an 80-pound Parmigiano Reggiano wheel, which is cracked on-site during a demonstration.
It's not an Italian celebration without plenty of wine flowing, and you'll definitely have your pick of reds, whites and prosecco.
Not only will they taste delicious on their own, but they'll also complement every dish you feast on.
You'll round out your meal with a traditional espresso, which is truly the Italian way.
Because of the boozy nature of this celebration, you must be 21 and up to take part in the festivities.
Even if you don't snag one of the coveted seats, you can create a true Italian meal at home and still save a ton.
Whole Foods is currently offering discounts on some of their Italian specialties in honor of the celebration, including:
15% off Bertagni Fresh Pasta
$2 off per lb. IGOR Gorgonzola Dolce
30% off Mitica Parmigiano Reggiano
$3.99 per lb. Made-In-House Italian Sausage for Prime Members
A Little Italy by Whole Foods Market
When: February 20
Address: Disclosed through e-mail
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you transported to Italy when you get a taste of these authentic specialties. They taste even better knowing it's completely free.
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