We have recently discovered one of the gems of the north Atlanta food scene. Zola is on Alpharetta Hwy (Hwy 9) about 2.5 miles north of Windward Parkway. It is at the north end of a shopping center whose only entrance is south of the shopping center. When I pass it (which often happens), I turn around in the Crooked Creek Golf Club drive and return to Zola.
tgo99 has written about Zola, and listed them as one of the best pizza sources in all of Atlanta. I have yet to try their pizza, because everything else sounds so interesting. Also, I haven't found a loser amongst the various dishes I have tried.
They do not take reservations, so we arrived about 6:30 last Friday evening with a party of six. We had a couple of appetizers - a bruschetta and one with a long and forgotten Italian name. Both were impressive. For entrees we ordered garlic veal (one of their specialties), veal picatta, a beef tenderloin special, a fish dish (which one escapes me now), and the nightly ravioli special (walnut once, asparagus this time, maybe something else the next time). All were well received. Dessert was tiramisu with six spoons.
Two appetizers, six entrees (which ranged from $11 to $19, I believe), one dessert, and four or five glasses of wine ran $183.40 including their 20% tip which was added to the check.
My wife had never been to Zola before, and is not too excited about my long jaunts to check out a restaurant I have heard about, rode with me for forty minutes to Zola. After rush hour was over, the seventeen mile return trip only took thirty minutes. On the way home she described the evening as "outstanding" - a term which she seldom uses on restaurants. She also suggested that we need to plan a return trip soon.
14155 Highway 9