Pietro’s Organic Italian Cuisine
When I first heard there was a new Italian restaurant opening in North Macon, I was eager to try it out. When I learned it was located in the former site of two unsuccessful restaurants; Mirkos Pasta and Maggio’s Italian. I began to wonder if this new restaurant was going to be yet another attempt at Italian food by the former management team of those establishments? Fortunately, as it turns out, Pietro’s Organic Italian Cuisine is a completely new entry into the Middle Georgia dining scene.
Even more good news, the new Chef (Pietro) is the former executive chef at one of the areas most beloved fine dining experiences and highly respected restaurants. With a reputation like that my expectations were considerable raised as my dinner date and I entered this “new” restaurant. While the interior looks similar, the new owners made some much needed changes to the dining area. Pietro’s has added more privacy to the main seating area as well some very comfy looking booths. These seemingly minor changes really enhanced the atmosphere and overall ambiance of the restaurant.
Our waiter, a friendly young man named Spencer, promptly greeted us and immediately recognized me from the previous restaurant he worked at that I frequent often. He told us a little about what makes Pietro’s so special and shared some details on how everything is made in house (even the ketchup and mustard) using as many locally sourced organic ingredients as possible. Spencer seemed genuinely proud to be part of this new establishment and his enthusiasm for the food was contagious. As we perused the menu and the wine list our waiter dropped off some freshly baked pre-meal munchies in the form of a flat bread covered with a tangy sauce other tasty tidbits. The bread was an excellent indication of the meal to come; it was fresh, original and damn tasty.
The menu has a robust offering of entrees that cover the normal Italian pasta spectrum rather well, with the usual suspects like lasagna, Spaghetti and Ravioli. Also featured are several seafood inspired dishes as well as a few unusual offerings like “Bock Wurst” which is the Italian cousin of the popular German dish. I opted to save that selection for our next visit. The average entrée price is about $18 with the average appetizer costing about $8. Overall pricing for Pietro's is in line with other eateries in Middle Georgia that offer a similar experience and if you base it on Atlanta pricing, it is an excellent deal.
Spencer reviewed the specials the Chef had prepared for the evening and the pistachio crushed Snapper with a lemon reduction sauce sounded like the winner. My dinner companion opted for the bedrock of any good Italian place by selecting the Lasagna. When asked why she choose that dish she quipped, “If you can’t make a good lasagna your days in business will be numbered”. We also wanted to try an appetizer and after debating our options we settled on the “Fried Goat Cheese Balls”. Somehow having Goat and Balls in the same item title seemed odd, but we were hopeful the title would take a backseat to the taste. Our waiter recommended we try his favorite dish the Chicken Picatta, but we opted to save that suggestion for our next visit.
First up was the Fried Goat Cheese Balls served with a delicious dipping sauce and an awesome cucumber relish. This has already become one of my favorite appetizers with a perfectly fried exterior crust and the inside consisting of a perfect blend of goat cheese and I’m guessing a ricotta cheese. The cucumber relish is the perfect palate neutralizer and accented the goat cheese perfectly. There would have been a knock down dragged out fight over the last bite of that appetizer had not our entrees arrived just in time to avoid bloodshed.
The Pistachio Crusted Snapper was absolutely sublime. The outer crust was sautéed to perfection, the Snapper meat was moist & flakey and the lemon reduction sauce added just the right amount of yumminess to the entrée. Accompanied by a side dish of Paved Potatoes which consist of scalloped potatoes that are deep fried and then grilled. While something as simple as a well-made side dish doesn’t always save an entree, often times it adds just the right exclamation mark to the perfect meal. I could not have picked a better meal to represent my first dining experience at Pietro's. Next up was the lasagna. My first impression - I was a little disappointed that it was served in a bowl rather than cut into a square and stacked high on a plate, but that was quickly overshadowed by the delectable taste. Fortunately, Pietro’s lasagna was every bit as good as other local similar dishes and the meat sauce had an excellent consistency.
Overall, I would have to give Peitro’s superior marks in all areas of operation from atmosphere, food presentation, service and most importantly, taste. While the two previous Italian restaurants in this location were always a solid second choice on my short list for dining, I think Peitro’s will become a first choice Top Pick for eating out in the foreseeable future.
Everything else you need to know before you go...
Proprietors: Pietro Bongiovanni & Matthew Anderson
1693 Bass Road
Macon, GA 31210
Hours of Operation:
Closed Sunday & Monday.
Tuesday - Thursday:
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.