Ipp’s is short for Ippiolito’s. It’s a name well known in northern Atlanta suburbs for fine Italian cuisine since George and Toni Ippolito moved here from Connecticut. They opened their first area restaurant in Roswell in 1989. The menu—then and now—focuses on authentic recipes their family used in the old country. And there’s still a focus on family, which has grown along with the business, adding locations in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Norcross and Suwanee, all known as Ippiolito’s Italian Restaurants.
This new venture in Woodstock has a new name and slightly different philosophy. Says Brandon Ippolito, who owns and manages the Ipp’s Pastaria & Bar, “We want to blend a little of the old with a little of the new.” They still strive for a casual, neighborhood family restaurant, but have added some fresh new tastes and a light atmosphere. The restaurant is housed in a 1904 home on the edge of Olde Towne Woodstock. The center space is a large, wooden family table—perfect for parties or impromptu groups. I visited Ipp’s in late March on a perfect day to enjoy their outdoor patio, which doubles their seating capacity.
We focused on their traditional favorites this evening, starting with pitchers of red and white sangria ($7.98). We had two favorite appetizers, the Pepe, (Spicy Italian sausage wrapped in dough, brushed with honey, baked and served on marinara sauce, $7.25) and Eggplant Rolentini (Eggplant stuffed with ricotta cheese & spinach, baked with pizza sauce, Romano and mozzarella cheeses, $8.95).
In short, it's very good Italian cuisine at a great price and the service was spectacular. I'd be comfortable bringing my family and friends here any day.
8496 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188
Mon – Thurs, 11:30a - 9p
Fri, 11:30a - 10p
Sat, noon - 10p
Sun, noon - 9p
Ipp’s is on the Woodstock Wednesday tour the fourth Wednesday of the month, organized by Atlanta Culinary Tours.