For many, Pasta Vino has been around forever. For me, I was a customer for 15 years and I’ve owned the place for three. Nico – a NY Italian restauranteer – brought family & staff to Atlanta/Peachtree Battle in the late 90’s to create an Italian Food enclave in what is now Pasta Vino, a trattoria, and Abruzzi, an upscale Ristorante. Abruzzi was at the top of its game for many years as one of Atlanta’s best high-end Italian Restaurants. (You can still Google it, it closed several years ago). Pasta Vino, the lesser stepchild and for many years a pizza dive with cheap décor and inconsistent service, survived. One of the first things I realized when I got behind the scenes at Pasta Vino was that it had a lot of talent and a lot of heart but little professionalism. Perhaps its weakness is its strength in this case. I still think of it as a diamond in the rough. I wonder if we will ever make it to that “real restaurant” stage. Still, people here seem to truly love their work and try hard to please. Guests have been coming here for years and personally engage and seem to really enjoy themselves. On its good days, Pasta Vino operates like a feel-good movie.