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BELLINA ALIMENTARI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF GIZZY BARTON
All-Female Team Behind Italian Dining Sensation at Ponce City Market
ATLANTA (June 8, 2016) – There's a lot of heat coming from the kitchen at Bellina Alimentari, and it's not just because it's summer. Executive chef Gizzy Barton has joined the popular Ponce City Market restaurant team, making a fierce foursome of females along with owner Tal Baum, creative director Alice Noel Fabi and general manager Bethany Thompson. Barton honed her culinary skills under the attentive tutelage of dynamo Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun, serving as sous chef at Rathbun's and helping him open Italian-infused KR SteakBar. No stranger to the Atlanta culinary scene, she also gained rich sous and line chef experience at Restaurant Eugene and South City Kitchen.
“What I love about Gizzy is she strongly believes in our philosophy of food as a way of life,” Baum notes. “She is excited about spending time with our customers and inspiring them with traditional Italian cooking presented in an easy, approachable way.”
Barton plans to sample her way through the menu before applying her deft Italian touch. “Like Tal, I believe in taking a seasonal approach to food preparation. I’m looking forward to incorporating even more fresh produce from our local farmers into our summer selections.”
If you ask Barton her favorite menu items at Bellina, she’ll cite the pappardelle with Bolognese and the Market’s charcuterie and cheese section. “Our pappardelle is a classic; something that everyone enjoys,” she says. “Give me a picnic basket filled with a little meat, a little cheese, olives and some fresh vegetables, and I’m happy, too.”
An Atlanta native, Barton credits her father with igniting the spark that culminated in her decision to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta. “My father was very passionate about food and cooking for us,” she says. “He used to take my sister and me shopping at Your DeKalb Farmers Market. Although I remember initially being terrified of the live blue crabs, by the time I was in first grade he had taught me how to deconstruct them and showed me just how delicious they were. The sights and smells of those days are the reason I still enjoy grocery shopping. There’s always something new to see and try.”
Of all the lessons gleaned from her mentors, one stands out as Barton takes on her new role. “In the midst of the hustle and bustle of an evening, my goal is to stay calm. I was taught, ‘your job is easy; all you have to do is make it taste good.’ That’s exactly what I plan to do.”
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 bellina-alimentari.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or call 404-330-9933.