The Dish: BiBa's Italian Restaurant

Open since: Feb. 14, 1998

Location: BiBa's Italian restaurant is off Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays

Owner: Fred Brett

Atmosphere: BiBa's is a casual, family-friendly Italian restaurant. The bar area features sports memorabilia on the walls, and the dining room could best be described as "Hollywood nostalgic." Comfortable booths and tables and a semi-open kitchen invite guests to relax and stay awhile.

Menu: BiBa's menu features Italian fare, including pasta dishes, pizzas, calzones, Italian subs and delectable desserts. Favorites include the fried calamari appetizer - fresh, never frozen. According to restaurant manager Ben Keiss, it's unbelievably tender. Another favorite is the scrumptious garlic rolls. The chicken Caesar salad is very popular among the regulars. The tomato bruschetta is piled high with tomatoes, herbs and cheese, and the tiramisu is positively decadent.

Other popular dishes include the chicken Florentine, a boneless breast of chicken sauteed with butter, onions and white wine and topped with spinach and mozzarella cheese. The stuffed Italian pie pretty much says it all - you won't leave hungry.

BiBa's also offers a well-rounded wine list and domestic and imported beers.

Things you might not know: This is one of Kim Zolciak's (from "Real Housewives of Atlanta") favorite restaurants.

"Our servers fight over who gets to wait on Kim," said manager Ben Keiss. "She's cool, and very nice."