Published on June 10th, 2015 |2
Storico Fresco pasta to open restaurant/market in Buckhead
In 2012, Patrick began enchanting customers at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market with filled pastas made from obscure recipes he learned while exploring the Italian countryside, hoping to
ﬁnd some of the world’s most extraordinary recipes.
He then opened Storico Fresco Alimentari, a Buckhead storefront hidden in the back of a complex on Roswell Road, where he prepares pasta delicacies—such as casonsei (half moons stuffed with pureed roasted beets and smoked ricotta), as well as superb versions of old favorites, including silky lasagna—and runs a successful wholesale distribution business.
After three years of market successes, Patrick has decided to take the next step, to open an Italian market and restaurant right on Peachtree Road….in the Buckhead Exchange shopping center at the corner of Peachtree Road and Grandview Avenue.
On June 2, Patrick met with Neighborhood Planning Unit-B seeking a Liquor license for the new restaurant /market, which will be located on the back/west side of Buckhead Exchange when the 50,000-square-foot shopping center is remodeled later this year at 3167 Peachtree Road.
Presently, Storico Fresco is just an Italian alimentary (grocery store) on Roswell Road. But the new restaurant/market will become part of the renovation and repositioning of the Buckhead Exchange shopping center, as well as the repositioning of Storico Fresco Alimentary.
According to the Storico Fresco website, Patrick tells customers he hopes the 4,100-square-foot Italian restaurant and market could open in August.
But on Wednesday, he told BuckheadView that is highly unlikely. He said October is a more likely timeframe.
Patrick said the building permit for Storico Fresco Alimentari was issued Tuesday along with the building permit for the renovation of the entire Buckhead Exchange shopping center. He should know. One of his partners is Tom Williams with ASD architectural firm, which is redoing the shopping center and was the original architect for the center.
The shopping center project will include the renovation of the exterior storefronts, new sidewalks, landscaping, and plazas, as well as the demolition of a portion of the existing building to create a pedestrian plaza. Materials include stucco, wood, steel and tenant specific finishes such as tile or metal panels.
The center will be re-tenanted and Storico Fresco is expected to be one of maybe three restaurants in addition to retailers in the redone center.
On the Storico Fresco website, Patrick tells his customers, “We can finally tell you what’s happening: We’ve been working with our friends over at ASD for some time to create a great new space! Even though it’ll be a couple of months before we move, we wanted you, our customers to be the first to know.”
Patrick tells his customers, “Soon you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy all the great Storico Fresco foods right in the store when you want to. Our new space will be about 4,000 square feet and we’ll be open for lunch and dinner starting sometime in August.”
Patrick told BuckheadView the restaurant and market are one in the same in the new 4,100 square feet location. The market will offer a larger
component of homemade products (pasta, sauces, etc.) than hard retail goods, but will also offer cheeses, meats and such.
The tables will be set up right within the market for fast-casual lunch dining and “at night the whole space morphs into a more upscale dinner setting,” with a menu that will feature $45/per person meals and a full wine list, Patrick told BuckheadView.
There will be seating for 102 people and a small outside patio that will seat 12. Parking will be behind the shopping center off Grandview Avenue and also some takeout parking in front.
Patrick told BuckheadView that he is also starting up an export/import business at the same time and will continue the ever-expanding wholesale business he has developed, supplying such clients as Delta Air Lines, General Store in Serenbe, and restaurants that include Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, The Café at Linton’s in the Garden, Cibo e Beve, Local Three, Murphy’s, Paces and Vine and Paper Mill Grill.
Inspired by the unique food traditions of old-world Italy, Storico Fresco recreates nearly forgotten pasta recipes, sauce recipes and more—all handmade and with farm-fresh ingredients locally sourced or imported from Italy and with a dedication to authenticity, according to Patrick.
He found the recipes by working in small pasta shops, in monasteries, in the homes of Italian grandmothers and on traditional Italian farms during
three years of journeys taken by the chef and sommelier.
Garden Hills resident Patrick, has lived in Atlanta for 16 years. Prior to getting into the pasta business, he worked in sales for wine distributors. So he also has experience with fine worlds from around the world.
Inspired to preserve these endangered recipes and the traditional ways of making them, Patrick founded Storico Fresco Pasta (Storico Fresco means “fresh history” in Italian) to create a line of pastas which are faithful, handmade reproductions of these great, Italian foods.
Storico Fresco uses the Old World skills and knowledge Patrick learned from the Italian nonnas, chefs, cooks and artisan pasta makers he collaborated with in Italy.
According to the website, Patrick “works closely with premium Italian ﬂour producers to ﬁnd just the right grains. We use no genetically modiﬁed (GMO) ingredients and no processed foods.”
For more information, go to www.storicofresco.com.