Critic’s Corner: Alimentari Cucina e Bar

Alimentari is one of the newer additions to the West End of Chattanooga. [Photo by Isabella Patta]
By Isabella Patta, Staff Writer —

Alimentari Cucina E Bar offers Italian food in the newly developed West End district of Chattanooga.

The restaurant ambiance is contemporary with a hint of industrial vibes. It feels clean as everything is black and white. The attire is casual, but sweatpants might not be the best choice to wear.

The prices of food range from $5 to $29, depending on the item. It is somewhat pricey for college students, so it may be better suited as a special event restaurant, maybe for a graduation, birthday or Valentine’s Day.

We ordered calamari, pizza prosciutto e arugula, gnocchi pomodore e pesto and Napoletana, which is a type of chocolate cake that tasted more like chocolate mousse.

The food was good, but I would still prefer Boccaccia, another local restaurant, for pasta dishes, and the pizza dough was a little soft for my taste.

The service was great, neither too obtrusive nor did we have to wait for a long time to be served. We received bread with butter while we were waiting for our food—and the bread was on point; soft on the inside, but had a great crust.

During happy hour, Monday through Friday, 4-6 p.m., glasses of wine are $2 off, draft beer and well cocktails are $4 each.

Draft beers offered were Hutton & Smith as well as Peroni, an Italian beer.

Apparently, it is hard to get a table without a reservation for dinner, so we were lucky at 4:30 p.m. to get two spots at the bar.

Alimentari is located at 801 Chestnut St., a block over from the new Westin hotel. It opened at the beginning of December 2017 and is owned by the Westin.

The hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Their website, alimentarichattanooga.com is not fully developed yet. To see their menu, go to yelp.com instead.

Grace Stafford

Grace Stafford

Features Editor

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