The Florence is an Italian restaurant and coffee shop and chef Hugh Acheson’s fifth Georgia restaurant.
As the name hints, the restaurant combines classic Italian cuisine with Georgia-grown ingredients. “There’s a beautiful kinship between pure Southern food and Italian food,” Acheson says. “Just simple dishes made with great ingredients.” Helmed by chef Kyle Jacovino, formerly the sous chef at Acheson’s Atlanta outpost, Empire State South, the kitchen at the Florence turns out traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, house-made pastas, and plenty of local veggies, along with meat and fish options such as this roasted red snapper.
Editor’s note: This recipe was published in 2014, three years before the Florence closed its doors. For the latest from Acheson, visit his website.