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THE DISH: Segreto Cucina Italiano

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Segreto serves, from left clockwise, lamb lollipops with an Italian chimichurri, short rib risotto with caramelized cipolini onions, three-meat meatballs and beef tenderloin carpaccio. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

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Segreto has a calm, upscale feel without the need to leave Gwinnett County. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

3370 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee

770-271-4747

www.shhh-telleveryone.com

• Open since: July 18

• Owners: Nick Patel, Bobby and Wanda Mason

• Location: Segreto is located across the street from Advanced Auto Parts in the Suwanee Promenade shopping center. It is where the Portabello was formerly situated.

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

• Atmosphere: The vibe at Segreto is calm and upscale without being pretentious.

“We wanted to bring Midtown out to Gwinnett, Suwanee,” co-owner Nick Patel said. “You can drive 10 minutes down the road for good food instead of 30 minutes.”

There are dark woods throughout the dining room and metal accents. Each tables is set for the guests with a small white square plate, black rectangle linen with fork and knife, and a tall-stemmed wine glass.

The tables are scattered throughout with a few lining the walls. Those spots have been transformed into a pillowed side to the table.

The walls have pieces of artwork, repurposed wine bottles and tin ceiling tiles.

At the bar, the back wall is an ornate wooden structure, complete with slots for many bottles of wine and shelves to hold liquor bottles for display.

The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and Happy Hour Mondays through Thursdays.

• Menu: Chef Allen Tueton and his crew (including several culinary students from Gwinnett Tech) run the kitchen, creating small and large Italian plates.

The idea behind Segreto is to order several dishes to share at the table. If you prefer a traditional meal, there are larger items for one person.

Everything that can be made in-house is made in the kitchen, including the sauces (that take two to four days to prepare), a few types of pasta and the desserts. Other things that physically can’t be made on site are locally sourced or ordered from Italy.

“If we can’t make it in-house or find it locally, we get it from the motherland,” Patel said.

You will find many things you expect on an Italian menu, like salads, pastas and flatbreads, but there are some items you may not have heard of before.

At lunch, Segreto serves something called a piada.

“It’s kind of like Italian street food — a burrito,” Patel said. It is filled with cooked angel hair pasta and meat, plus different cheeses and vegetables.

Want lasagna? You must show up for Sunday brunch. That’s the only time it’s made during the week.

The bar offers homemade Italian soda in a variety of flavors, crafts cocktails, an array of wines and prosecco, plus a small beer list.

• Thing you might not know: Segreto will have live music in the near future.

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Segreto Cucina Italiano

Segreto Cucina Italiano