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Enzo, a new Northern Italy-inspired steakhouse, eyes Summer Opening in the Town at Trilith

l-r: Andrea Montobbio, Carmine Noce, and David Gibbs; photo courtesy Madelynne Ross

Regional article outside our pin-pointed coverage area. Submitted from the Town at Trilith.

Enzo, a new Northern Italy-inspired, chef-driven steakhouse and bar concept from Andrea Montobbio and Carmine Noce, is set to debut in summer 2022 in the Town at Trilith, the community for creatives in Fayetteville, Georgia. Adjacent to Trilith Studios and its sound stages best known for film productions such as “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Avengers: Endgame,” Enzo will bring chef-driven seasonal flavors to the rapidly expanding development that is quickly becoming a home to film artists and other creatives.

“We’re extremely excited to have Enzo join our growing roster of chef-driven restaurants,” said Trilith president Rob Parker. “This unrivaled Italian steakhouse is sure to attract restaurant-goers from far and wide.”

The pandemic inspired two friends—Montobbio, a native of Northern Italy who has worked as executive chef at Atlanta’s Fifth Group Restaurants, STK Atlanta, and New York’s Gansevoort Hotel, and Noce, who was born in Italy and is a longtime COO and CFO in New York City’s fashion industry—to create Enzo.

“For Carmine, chef de cuisine David Gibbs and me, this is about bringing the food we loved in Italy to diners in this exciting new creative community in Georgia,” says Montobbio. “We also want to preserve what we love most about the hospitality industry. Moving forward, you can’t just give people a job. It’s about giving them a passion and a creative purpose. That’s our goal for Enzo.”

“Food and beverage have always been my passion,” explains Noce, who will serve as Enzo’s president. “During the pandemic, I had a chance to re-evaluate my life. Andrea and I share the same passions and values. We decided it was finally time to be ourselves and pursue those passions, and that’s how the adventure of Enzo began.”

Adds Montobbio, who will serve as Enzo’s co-founder and executive chef, “Due to the pandemic, our industry has been forever changed, and both Carmine and I want to preserve the artistic thinking and drive that makes the hospitality industry thrive. Our vision is larger than just opening a restaurant. We want to help save this industry we both love.”

While steaks and other grilled meats, handmade pasta, and seasonal plant-based dishes will be on the menu, Montobbio says his chief focus is on bringing the flavors of his native Italy to diners in Fayetteville.

“In Italy, the beauty of the food is that it varies region to region, based on what the ground provides,” explains Montobbio. “Every part of Italy has a different climate, and it’s exciting to create dishes based on the way the sun hits a certain place or what kind of mountain the water comes from. All of those factors play into the uniqueness of the cooking. That’s what we want to bring to diners at Enzo.”

The restaurant will be a testament to Montobbio and Noce’s lifetime love of architecture. From the “giostra” (carousel) bar and lounge, the 150-seat restaurant will extend through the main dining room, offering both indoor and outdoor seating on the expansive patio, and conclude with an exciting expo open kitchen and group dining table with front-row views of the action in chef Montobbio’s kitchen. Those with Enzo private membership will experience a speakeasy vibe as they pass through the kitchen to arrive at the chef’s table and private dining room. The restaurant also will feature a space dedicated to supporting the work of local artists and will utilize a new immersive camera technology known as the matrix. Noce says that the idea is to showcase the action in the kitchen, the bar, and the live music stage, thanks to large multiple screens.

“We want to place guests into each of the restaurant’s spaces so they can experience everything,” explains Noce.

While Enzo’s main dining room is designed to attract couples and families, the private room exclusivity of the bar area was inspired by New York City’s energetic and electric dining scene. “I wanted to create a space that guests could come to every night and never be bored,” says Noce. “A space where executives and other business people could meet up, have a drink, relax, have fun, and most importantly, be themselves.”

Enzo also will have a wall dedicated to the area’s rising visual artists, and the artwork, available for purchase, will be rotated monthly.

Rounding out Enzo’s culinary creative team is chef de cuisine David Gibbs, who might be one of the only culinary creatives who also has a master’s degree in computer science. For Gibbs, who worked with Montobbio at Ecco Buckhead and STK Atlanta, Enzo is an opportunity to re-team with his mentor.

“Andrea drives everyone around him to be better,” says Gibbs. “His plating, his seasoning and his use of flavors are all about creating an optimal experience for his diners. It’s not just the food, it’s the ambiance and everything around it.”

For Montobbio, Noce, and Gibbs, Enzo’s 2022 debut is not just the launch of a restaurant but also a creative lifestyle brand that will include art, fashion, film, catering, and more.

Before Enzo opens in the summer, guests can experience the new restaurant through catering and private events, pop-ups and special events, and grab-and-go and take-home dishes available through select retail partners. View catering options and Enzo At Home menus on Enzo’s website and follow Enzo on Facebook and Instagram or visit the website for happenings in the community.

About Enzo

Enzo, a new Northern-Italy-inspired chef-driven steakhouse and bar concept from chef Andrea Montobbio and fashion industry veteran Carmine Noce, offers grilled meats, fresh pasta, and seasonal vegetarian dishes served with a healthy dose of the arts. The restaurant’s unique approach marries Italian culinary traditions with those of the new American South. Set to open in summer 2022 in the Town at Trilith, a burgeoning arts community adjacent to Trilith Studios in Fayetteville, Georgia, Enzo will serve lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch. For more information, visit www.enzo-itl.com.

About Trilith

The Town at Trilith is a 235-acre master-planned residential and mixed-use project located in south metro Atlanta, Georgia, adjacent to Trilith Studios. Envisioned as a gathering place for creatives, artists, storytellers, and makers, this European-inspired community will include 750 single-family homes, 600 multi-family lofts, 300 hotel rooms, and 270,000 square feet of remarkable restaurants, retail, office, and commercial space. The residential neighborhoods at Trilith comprise the largest geothermal community in the United States, with 51% of the development dedicated to green space that is currently home to more than 1,000 trees. Upon completion, residents will have access to 15 miles of nature trails, 54 acres of forest, 19 superbly landscaped parks and one of the most sophisticated and welcoming dog parks in the world. The Trilith development team is led by president Rob Parker and project partners including town planner and residential designer Lew Oliver Inc., commercial real estate firm Pace Lynch Corporation, residential real estate firm Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties’ New Homes Division, Piedmont Healthcare, multi-family developer Capstone, Nequette Architecture & Design, landscape design firm HGOR and a Builders Guild comprised of premier homebuilder in the Atlanta area. For more information about Trilith, please visit www.trilith.com.

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