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Who would've guessed fruit could be fun? Atlanta's Lottafrutta

Who would've guess fruit could be fun? Atlanta's Lottafrutta
Who would've guess fruit could be fun? Atlanta's Lottafrutta
Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

Lottafrutta goes against all odds: it's in a kinda ramshackle -- albeit historic -- neighborhood in Atlanta. It's not traditionally Southern or Soul food. They don't serve some obscenely rich concoction that Guy Fieri's gonna make a risque comment about. Lottafrutta concentrates on serving choice, exotic fruits in a fun way! Their arrangements and recipes have a tropical/Caribbean/Latin flare, made in a colorful little shotgun shack. I was happy to be hosted to experience it.

The mostly carry-out place is open 7 days a week, 9-5. In case you're thinking serving juiced or cut up fruit is no hat trick, let me disabuse you of that notion! Years ago, I knew a prominent young chef who assured me that fruit desserts -- especially berries -- were the trickiest for a chef to prepare. As he explained, you have to hand select each piece of fruit . . . there's no room for anything but perfection. Then, each piece has to be carefully placed and arranged.

I sampled the Cremolatta, with bananas, grapes, melon, papaya, strawberry and watermelon, served with delicious homemade coconut crema. The coconut crema was vegan, yet very rich. It definitely feels good on a hot day!