Worldly Influence

Sandy Springs acts as home base to the city’s latest Italian establishment TRE VELE

Tre Vele, the latest brainchild of the team behind Buckhead’s Mission + Market, made its mouthwatering debut to the metro area late last year. “The Sandy Springs dining scene has been evolving,” says co-owner Jonathan Akly, who operates the restaurant with his brother, Ryan Akly, and chef Ian Winslade. “Our inspiration was to bring an upscale, unpretentious Italian restaurant to our local neighborhood.” 

Situated at the City Walk Sandy Springs, Tre Vele specializes in homemade pasta and signature Italian dishes under the expertise of executive chef Giancarlo Ruiz. Ruiz lived in Florence, Italy, for 16 years where he received elite culinary training in the native cuisine. “Many of the techniques and recipes used at Tre Vele are a direct reflection of my experience and education in Florence,” says Ruiz. “Our food is labor-intensive and we don’t cut any corners, but it’s worth the effort to share my love for Italian cuisine with our guests.”

Tony Akly of Restaurants Consulting Group, Inc., a full-service design-build firm, is responsible for the architectural and interior design of Tre Vele. Inside the space, vibrant greens and an exposed brick wall complement a 30-foot Carrara marble bar that acts as a resting place for the restaurant’s array of crafted cocktails. Just up the stairs off of the dining room, a wraparound rooftop terrace is the perfect destination to cozy up by a firepit with an Aperol Spritz, especially on a chilly spring evening.

If you’re looking to replicate your favorite dish at home, the Tre Vele Market + Cafe, inspired by the quaint bodegas all throughout Italy, offers fresh pasta, sauces and salads to go. In addition to the takeout fare, the Tre Vele retail market features a full coffee bar, fresh pastries made daily and a curated selection of Italian wines. The space also plays host to private events, wine tastings and pasta-making classes.