Freshly Made

Northern Italian flavors and fresh-made pastas find a home at SERENA PASTIFICIO in Midtown’s Colony Square

The countryside of Northern Italy beckons at Serena Pastificio, Colony Square’s latest restaurant addition offering old-school Italian flavors in a vibrant new setting. 

Owned by IPIC Theaters, the nearly 6,700-square-foot restaurant transports guests with its warm, welcoming spirit. Light woods mingle with leather and linen upholstery, while private and semi-private spaces visually separate the layout into quieter pods. The bar takes center stage with open shelving that hangs from the ceiling, whereas the folding door wall—which opens to a square-facing patio and trellis flowing with greenery and string lights—offers a light breeze and true al fresco dining.

Matching the comfort and joy provided by the interior design is the menu. Pasta here is as fresh as it gets, as the kitchen’s visible pasta-making station invites guests to witness the precision put into each of their meals. Think offerings like linguine with littleneck clams, gnocchetti with sausage and white wine butter sauce, an assortment of decadent raviolis and more. Pair with an antipasto—such as the polpo arrosto (Spanish octopus)—or one of Serena’s seasonal wines or handcraft cocktails for the ultimate Italian experience.

Though the food and design are hard to match, perhaps the best part of Serena is its buzzing energy, one that encourages guests to do as the Italians do and sit down and stay awhile. “Food is meant to bring people together, and we wanted to do that in a beautiful and calming space,” says Kelsey Mahoney, senior marketing manager at IPIC Theaters. “We hope that Atlantans feel wowed by Serena’s food and ambiance, but more importantly, feel at home.”