Who to leave off? The answer to that question is so difficult that I don’t think I even have an answer to give you today — two months after the article hit the stands. I kept putting one in, pulling another out. Then, I’d put that one back in and pull out an entirely different one. I had a furiously heated debated — with myself.
I scratched. I dug. I drank heavily. I even tried talking the sales team into scratching an advertiser.
That’s the frustrating problem with print — sometimes there just isn’t enough space.
Well, when all arguments were made and the hangover dissipated, it was the relatively new Rosati’s Pizza Pub (415 Peachtree Pkwy #200, Cumming Tel: 678.513.1113) who found themselves on the outside looking in.
Is it fair?
Probably not. I am honestly not sure today what swayed me into leaving them out. Was it my phobia of chain restaurants that did it? Or, the fact that I am still waiting on that pizza to arrive from opening night? Needless to say, Rosati’s had their issues in the early going.
On more than one occasion I ordered a beer only to have the server bring the wrong one. When I inquired, one server claimed the beer list confused him, a different server, during the restaurant’s painful-to-watch first-ever service, frantically threw her hands up in the air and said, “I don’t know anything about those damn beers.” Then marched straight out the back door and never returned.
No need to get your panties in a twist, it’s just beer.
Over the next couple weeks servers and bartenders alike were fluxed by the staggering selection, as if it were a whole new world yet to be discovered.
But this scrappy bunch of bartenders have come a long way since the restaurant opened its doors, and one in particular has proved to be more than just a pretty face at the tap handles. Coincidentally, it was her friendly email that sparked my revisits.
When asked if she considered herself a beer expert, Loleina (Lo) Santiago laughed and said, “No, but I do taste them all.” Maybe she isn’t a so-called expert, but she certainly has enough know-how (beer styles, plus customer tastes) to guide anybody — novice or connoisseur — to a brew of his liking, not hers.
“Is there a beer you recommend?” Asked a man bellying up to the bar for the first time.
“Sure.” Replied Santiago. “What type of beers do you like?”
“I don’t like the hoppy ones.” He explained.
Santiago then confidently suggested a new local brown ale and an Oktoberfest, even offered samples.
She nailed it.
Since the staff at Rosati’s has proven they can now handle their end of the beer bargain, the tap selection has grown from 48 to 56 offerings, of which approximately one-third of those 56 are local brews.
“I like to support our local guys.” Claims laid-back owner Matt Smith.
The cozy rectangle-shaped bar has plenty of televisions for everyone, and one side of the bar is actually outside on the covered, climate-controlled patio.
So again, the question arises. Is Rosati’s a worthy craft beer destination? The answer is YES for two reasons: 1.) the bartenders now have that beer savvy I look for 2.) I can’t think of a better sports-driven craft beer bar anywhere in the Atlanta area right now, and 3.) the next email from Santiago probably wouldn’t be as friendly as the first.