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Atlanta Chefs to watch in 2011

A new crop of culinary stars to keep your eye on in the coming year

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Ford Fry and Drew Belline

Ford Fry (left), Drew Belline (right) - LEFT: COURTESY FORD FRY, RIGHT: COURTESY DREW BELLINE
  • Left: Courtesy Ford Fry, Right: Courtesy Drew Belline
  • Ford Fry (left), Drew Belline (right)

Ford Fry has found success with his Southern restaurant JCT Kitchen. Drew Belline has been the longtime chef at Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's Floataway Café. Now the two are joining forces to open a yet-to-be-named Italian spot in Decatur in the Eurasia Bistro location.

Whatever the restaurant ends up being called, it's sure to be an interesting addition to the Decatur dining scene. Fry cites San Francisco's A16 as inspiration for the project, a restaurant much loved for its rustic but elegant Italian cooking. The Eurasia spot is small, so we can look forward to a cozy, intimate atmosphere — something uncommon in Atlanta's high-end restaurants.

Mostly, it will be interesting to see what these two chefs can bring to the table in collaboration. Both have an unyielding dedication to local produce, and Belline has already shown his talent for Italian flavors. Floataway Café turned out some of the best high-quality pizzas in town under his leadership, as well as lovely Italian-influenced salads and antipasti, and handmade pastas without peer.

129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur.

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