LC: For years, I’ve been meaning to make it to Ecco in Midtown Atlanta. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed this establishment or read an enticing food review about this eatery. So naturally, I was thrilled to find out that there’s a full restaurant in Concourse F of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. On a trip back from Chicago, DC and I were famished and decided to make this the grand finale of our trip from the Windy City.
Entering the restaurant, I quickly noticed the dimly-lit interior. The open kitchen was located along a back wall, illuminating the intimate setting. We were immediately seated, with our choice of indoor or “outdoor” seating looking over the terminal. We decided to pretend we were overlooking the streets of Midtown, and chose the balcony.
DC: Our server, Remmy seemed a bit busy, but definitely nice right off the bat. Most importantly, she opened with recommendations! Wine, cheeses, appetizers and pastas…OH MY! Descriptions of every delight that Executive Chef Michael Patria offered sounded amazing!
LC: In true Two For a Chew fashion, we decided to open our palates (and rest our traveled legs) with a wonderful bottle of Malbec (Parados de Don Manuel Villafane 2013). This smooth Argentinian classic was a perfect accompaniment to all of Remmy’s suggestions from start to finish.
We started off with Fried Goat Cheese — goat cheese, honey, black pepper ($8.59). Came out piping hot!
DC: These babies were delicious bite-sized balls of heaven. The creamy goat cheese with its crisp coating paired ever-so-effortlessly with the honey. The honey was just the right amount of sweetness, without being too much, and the pepper played with it nicely, adding an extra dimension to the flavor of this marvelous dish. Mmmm, I would seriously eat these every day of my life if I could!
LC: We followed the Fried Goat Cheese with Braised beef-stuffed piquillo peppers ($8.69). Generally, I love stuffed peppers in any form. But I wasn’t a huge fan of these. Don’t get me wrong; the flavor of the the meat was on point; it was tender and melted in my mouth. Not exactly sure what threw me off…
DC: I actually liked the stuffed peppers. They weren’t slap-your-mama memorable by any means, but I enjoyed the juiciness of the meat. I definitely didn’t regret ordering them.
LC: For my main dish, I ordered the Fettucine tossed with lump crab, spring peas, and citrus mascarpone ($22.29). This tasty pasta was delightfully light and super yummy. The pasta and fresh lump crab was beautifully tossed with the citrus mascarpone “sauce” and the spring peas provided that pop of color and appreciated texture to the dish. We first found ourselves at Ecco during the summer, so this dish provided that light, summery feel that is excellent for a romantic July dinner. It should be noted that the menu changes periodically, but by the looks of things, Ecco continues to offer similar light dishes for the perfect pre-board meal.
DC: I was really in the mood to shake it up and try something different, so I opted for the Taglialini, squid, Calabrian chiles, tomatoes, anchovy, bottarga ($23.09). I was not disappointed with my choice. Besides fried calamari, my experience with squid is admittedly limited. I will say that squid is definitely a unique and chewy endeavor, but for the sake of change, I enjoyed it. Overall, this pasta dish was satisfying and a refreshing walk on the wild side.
DC: Whether you’re flying in, laid over, or flying out of the ATL, Ecco is the perfect landing strip for a meal that hits the spot. So put your seats in the upright position, peruse the menu, and get ready for take-off.
LC: Last call for boarding!
P.S.: If we’ve made you LEGIT hungry, check out the menu!
Food: 3.75 /5
Service: 3.5 / 5
Ambiance: 4 / 5