Twist your fork 

Mangia! One Fifth Is Going Italian 

Indulge in nostalgia, red sauce glory, and your favorite pastas. 

By Catherine Wendlandt June 24, 2021

Sing along: Chicken-parm-you-taste-so-good!

Image: Taylor Hall

Do you remember when you were a kid and didn’t want to eat whatever your parents cooked for dinner, so they gave up and made you spaghetti? Well, the folks at One Fifth do. 

After the Georgia James Tavern takeover ends this Saturday at Chris Shepherd's always-changing restaurant, One Fifth is morphing once again, and this time it’s going Italian on us. But, One Fifth: Red Sauce Italian won’t be anything like its past Romance Languages iteration, which celebrated Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines, per a press release. 

Instead, Shepherd's One Fifth team is narrowing in on the nostalgic Italian American food of our childhoods. Think red-sauce dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, baked pastas, and wood-fired pepperoni pizza, plus desserts like New York-style cheesecake and tiramisu. 

Of course, this is One Fifth, so there will be some flair. (Don’t expect pasta with little hot dogs cut up in it. Sorry.) Some specific dishes include cucumber salad, 24-month prosciutto and mozzarella, fried calamari with Calabrian chile aioli, and toasted ravioli, a Midwestern favorite. 

Underbelly Hospitality is sourcing from some locals, too, including Atkinson Farms and Goodthyme Farm for tomatoes, and BOH Pasta for semolina pasta.

One-Fifth’s final fifth has been all over the place, including Mediterranean, Southern Comfort, and that trial of the upcoming Downtown version of Georgia James for a few weeks, and now it’s Italian, but we’re just here to enjoy the ride and perhaps carbo-load.

As for how long Red Sauce Italian’s lasting? There’s no current end date set. Looks like we’re in uncharted, tomato-filled waters.

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