celebrity chef Scott Conant is set to launch its chic Italian steakhouse, Americano in Buckhead, on Monday, May 23, at the InterContinental Hotel. The restaurant takes over the space that once housed chef Art Smith’s Southern Art. Smith closed the restaurant and its adjacent cocktail bar Bourbon Bar last year at the InterContinental.
With a design described as “sophisticated” with a “sleazy atmosphere” meant to complement the affluent neighborhood and equally expensive restaurants and shops, the Americano features a mix of tables and banquettes with an island bar and lounge area.
Gone are the black and white titled floors and light gray walls with pops of red, green and purple found at Southern Art, in favor of a mostly monochromatic charcoal gray modern vibe interrupted by bulbous gold chandeliers and a custom white sculpture by Pierre Deise. The restaurant and its morning cafe, which takes over the former Bourbon Bar space, both include patio seating overlooking Peachtree.
Like the Americano’s location in Scottsdale, Arizona, look for bone-in and New York rib eye steaks, a small selection of Conant’s famous pasta dishes, fries topped with creme fraiche and caviar, and even a three-tier seafood tower on the menu. Other starters include spicy duck breast served with mashed kale and charred Jerusalem artichoke and roasted black cod with a calabrian chili glaze.
The Americano’s wine list leans heavily towards Italian and American producers
The Americano marks the Southern debut of the Chopped judge, best known for his former Italian restaurants Scarpetta, L’Impero and Alto in New York, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. Conant currently owns Mora Italian in Phoenix, an Americano location in Scottsdale and Cellaio Steak in the Catskills.
Discover the dinner menu:
3315 Peach Road, theamericanorestaurant.com/atlanta.
Open Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bar open from Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Information on public transport: Accessible via the Buckhead MARTA train station two blocks north on Peachtree and via the #110 bus.