Ciao Bocca at Sweet Auburn Curb Market

by Melissa on April 16, 2012

Ciao Bocca is an Italian style cafe located at the Sweet Auburn Curb market on Edgewood Avenue in downtown Atlanta.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market is one of the oldest standing landmarks in Atlanta, established in 1918, the year after the Great Atlanta fire of 1917 (Read more about the history of the market here). Local vendors in the market sell meat (whole pigs!), seafood, produce, baked goods and lunch dishes.

Sucheta of Go Eat Give and I were treated to a marvelous tasting spread by Chef Deborah, owner of Ciao Bocca. Deborah was born to an Italian mother and Polish father, her family combined with her life travels in Europe, helped to develop her palate and her cooking style.

L: Tuna Albacore, capers, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil served on a bed of arugula. R: Pasta Salad with sundried tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives and extra virgin olive oil

The beauty of Ciao Bocca’s food really came from the simple, fresh ingredients in each recipe. Authentic Italian dishes don’t require many, complex ingredients. It’s the simplicity that really makes the dish.

Listening to Chef Deborah explain these dishes to us really reminded me of when I attended Taste of Atlanta back in October and learned how to make pasta dishes from Barilla’s Executive Chef Lorenzo. That’s when I truly understood the why Italian food should be cooked: Fresh and Simple.

And Chef Deborah did not disappoint, everything she served to us was hands down mouthwatering and I only wish my stomach was bigger so that I could have eaten more. Emphasis was placed on highlighting the few, fresh ingredients in each handcrafted dish.

Grill Cheese – asiago provolone and mozzarella with fresh tomato and basil all pressed to perfection on semolina bread.

On your next trip to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, be sure to stop by Ciao Bocca for lunch. They are tucked away in the back corner, so break yourself away from the crowds at the burger and bbq lines and head on back to see Chef Deborah.

For more on our visit to Ciao Bocca and further descriptions on what food we enjoyed, visit Sucheta’s post at her blog, Go Eat Give.

For more photos from our lunch at Ciao Bocca, hop on over to my photo blog.

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