Celebrity chef Scott Conant to open Italian steakhouse in Buckhead


Americano Bone-in Rib Steak

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Two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Scott Conant will open an Italian steakhouse in Buckhead in April. The Americano, will be located in the former Southern Art space at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta and marks the Chopped Judge’s first restaurant in the South. “We’ve been holding this news in for a while now, so it’s good to let the cat out of the bag,” says Conant, best known for his work at New York restaurants L’Impero, Alto and Scarpetta.

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Scott Conant

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This will be The Americano’s second location; the first opened in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2020. Conant says the menu in Atlanta will be similar to that in Scottsdale, where signature items include Wagyu tagliatelle Bolognese ($36), rib eye with bone ($155 for 45 ounces) and the spice-roasted black cod ($38). “To a certain extent, we are filling a void,” says Conant. “There are great steakhouses in Atlanta and great Italian food in Atlanta, but we combine the two.” The restaurant will also offer a morning coffee with coffee and pastries.

The atmosphere is advertised as hip, with wire-frame light fixtures and modern sculptures. At the island’s lounge bar, bartenders will serve cocktails and wines from Italy and the United States. The restaurant will use the large patio bordering Peachtree Road.

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Octopus poached in olive oil

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Agnolotti del Plin

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When asked how he plans to attract Atlanta diners — who are historically reluctant to embrace hotel restaurants — Conant says he doesn’t want to capitalize on his “celebrity chef” persona. “I always say these restaurants are not about me in any way, shape or form,” he says. “They aim to make our customers happy. This is how we will attract locals.

Still, if Atlantans try The Americano because of its well-known owner, he can live with it. “Anything that gets people in is good,” he says. “As long as the experience brings them back.”

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