“It’s too hard, I can’t do it,” replied Lucia’s Italian Restaurant owner Tim Klatt when pressed to name just one favorite item on the menu. “It is a tie between the chicken parmesan and the lasagna. What can I say, these are my mom’s recipes, it would be like asking which of your children do you love the most?”

The restaurant, family-owned and operated for 15 years, is a truly authentic Italian eatery, committed to the creation of exquisite dishes with fresh ingredients, all made in-house. Klatt’s Mom Lucia Collesano relocated to Georgia to help open the restaurant and oversee cooking with her old-world recipes. A family affair, Klatt’s wife Heather creates all the deserts and pastries, his daughter is a hostess and his son is often on the scene during Sunday brunch, flipping pancakes. And if you are lucky, you may run into Lucia herself to beg her for her cooking secrets.

Lucia’s commitment to East Cobb is not limited to delicious food. The restaurant is an active partner with multiple schools, supporting the Lassiter band and athletics programs, Spirit Night at Garrison Mill, Pope, Davis and Blackwell schools. “It is important that we give back to the community that has been so supportive of us,” said Klatt.

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, they have you covered. Lucia’s offers many lighter dishes, veggie “zoodles” and many healthy choices like turkey Bolognese, scrumptious seafood and gluten free dishes. But, of course, there is ample rich comfort food when you are ready to toss calorie counting to the wind.

Add in quality yet economical wines, signature cocktails, a huge Sunday brunch spread and the perfect lunch nook for soup and salads, you will find something for everyone at Lucia’s Italian Restaurant.

Lucia’s Italian Restaurant is located at 4705 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075. Mon-Tues 4:30-9:30; Wed-Fri 11;309:30; Sat 4:30-9:30 and Sunday Brunch 11-3, dinner 3-9:30. For private parties and catering call 678.646.1000.


This article originally appeared in the February issue of EAST COBBER, on page 35. Click here to view the digital edition.