Monday, April 18, 2016

Bellina Alimentari Ushers In Spring with Seasonal Updates

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Ponce City Market Eatery Offers a Breath of Fresh Air with Patio Dining, Spring Menu Items and New Culinary Club Classes

ATLANTA (April 18, 2016) –  Tal Baum, owner of Bellina Alimentari, is excited to see the patio come to life with relaxed diners enjoying new seasonal menu items. The Ponce City Market Italian eatery recently launched a menu of spring cocktails and dishes, as well as new Market products and Culinary Club classes.

“I love everything about spring, especially the new fruits and vegetables it brings to our kitchen,” says Baum. “We’ve been working with our farm partners - Anson Mills, Brasstown Beef, Decimal Place, Many Fold Farm, Nature’s Harmony, Riverview Farms, Southern Swiss Dairy, Sweet Grass Dairy, The Spotted Trotter, The Turnip Truck and White Oak Pastures - to source the best local meat and produce from which to create simple, sumptuous meals that delight the senses this season.”

New spring menu favorites include the following:
  • Piselli e prosciutto - fresh tagliolini pasta with Spotted Trotter ham, fresh peas and cream sauce 
  • Minestrone - traditional Italian vegetable soup, garlic croutons, Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Crudo salad - local greens, shaved fennel, croutons, Decimal Place feta, orange vinaigrette
  • Lasagne - fresh pasta, sautéed spinach and mushrooms , ricotta, béchamel, Parmigiano- Reggiano 
  • Farro Salad - Anson Mills farro piccolo, local greens, spring vegetables such as asparagus and peas with lemon vinaigrette
Top new picks on the drink menu include the bocciolo (blossom) cocktail with Lazzaroni, Aperol, Byrrh, lemon and orange flower water finish, and a 2014 Rosa del Golfo Negroamaro rosé.

Creative director Alice Fabi recommends a visit to Bellina's Market to purchase the Beltline Picnic Basket ($25), which includes Rami handmade breadsticks, olives, artichoke spread and red pesto.

“When I lived in Italy, there was nothing I loved better on a spring day than to pack a picnic basket. It’s such a lovely way to spend time with friends and loved ones. We’re also offering 10% off cheeses and cured meats available in our salumeria for those who purchase the picnic baskets,” Fabi notes.

The cook-it-yourself crowd will appreciate Bellina's newest Culinary Club offerings. Diners who have always wanted to learn how to make the perfect risotto will enjoy the Saffron Risotto Making Class ($45) on Tuesday, April 19 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Then on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., award-winning cheese maker Rebecca Williams will be on hand from Many Fold Farm to guide participants through a luscious evening of artisanal cheese and orange wine ($28). Participants can learn about other upcoming classes and register online.

About Bellina Alimentari
Bellina Alimentari, which loosely translates to "lovely specialty food store," was founded on the belief that every meal should be an amazing experience, and quality and ethics never need to be compromised in the pursuit of value. Italian food as a way of life means that each dish is tasty, fresh, whole and balanced. The menu at Bellina Alimentari changes seasonally to reflect the availability of produce from local farmers. Meat is sourced from farms where every animal is respected, treated humanely and pasture raised. Located at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, in the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market, Bellina Alimentari is delicious, fair and affordable. For additional information and updates, visit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or call 404-330-9933.

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