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No. 246 dishes out inventive Italian fare inspired by authentic flavors and local ingredients in a sleek, modern space that somehow makes the food feel even more convincingly Italian. From pasta to wood-fired oven-baked pizzas, the entirety of the menu is delicious, but it’s the meatball appetizer that can’t be glossed over. Made from fresh pork, veal, and beef, dusted with basil and Parmesan, and served on a bed of spicy tomato sauce, these meatballs definitely put all others to shame.
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The gist: Ford Fry’s Decatur staple got a 10-year anniversary revamp. There’s some new decor and a new menu to boot. The restaurant remains a stylishly casual spot to enjoy a meal.
The food: Once specializing in seasonally-driven Italian fare made with a light touch, the menu now hearkens back to old-school Italian joints. Chef Drew Belline is still in charge, though, so trust that it’s still delicious. Expect hearty options like meatballs, garlic bread (with lots of cheese), and chicken parmigiana. There’s still pizza and pasta, and it’s worth ordering at least one to share in addition to the other dishes you’ll enjoy. Save room for tiramisu!
The cost: About $14 for an appetizer, $20-ish for pizza or pasta, $16 - $27 for a main course (unless you get the big steak, then it’s $78).
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Let’s start off on the Eastside, with no. 246, a swanky Italian restaurant located in Downtown Decatur. Open only for dinner from Wednesday to Monday, no. 246 has a small, yet expertly prepared menu of Italian classics, and in addition to tried-and-true dishes like spaghetti and shrimp scampi, the locally sourced restaurant also boasts a lengthy drink menu and mouthwatering dessert options like tiramisu and limone zeppole.