It’s got to be small enough that you can get to know someone.
Big enough that you can get to know some other someones.
And... whatever enough to serve whiskey cocktails topped with port wine foam.
Check all those boxes for BoccaLupo, Bruce Logue’s new low-key Italian spot that’ll bring out your “let’s get to know each other over black spaghetti and prosecco-modified Negronis” side, soft-opening tonight in Inman Park.
This could be a restaurant. Or it could be the quaint home of an Italian grandmother who’s having everyone in the neighborhood over for dinner. We’re not sure. But there’s a framed Mama Leone’s menu from the ’60s, candlelit two-tops everywhere and the occasional Sinatra song piping through the place.
Call in a reservation for two. Request a table on the open-air patio. Allow your conversation to be inspired by some aptly named In Good Company cocktails (rye whiskey, chocolate bitters, port wine foam). Then someone will drop off some Southern fried-chicken cacciatore. You’ll forget what you were talking about. This place is good like that.
For now, it’s just regular dinner hours. But soon, they’ll start up a late-night weekend menu. Including something that’s equivalent to the Italian version of ramen noodles.
And at 12:30am, that’s equivalent to fantastic.