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Meet Mike Patrick of Storico Fresco in Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Patrick.

Went to culinary school in 1989, worked back of the house for 5 years. Decided to take a break and become a surfer bum, then moved to Texas and became a paramedic/EMT, which moved him to Atlanta. Met his wife, Jill and realized he missed the food world. Began to study wine and holds multiple certifications, had aspirations of becoming a wine maker and attending Fresno College. Eventually, traveled to Italy and brought back the inspiration to make pasta the way the old world has for centuries. Came home and started making pasta in his basement in Garden Hills, grew to sell at the Peachtree Farmer’s Market, then moved to a brick and mortar retail store in the heart of Buckhead. Fast forward 6 years, countless trips to Italy, and after meeting business partner Pietro Gianni, it’s a full restaurant and bar, plus retail counter selling over 30 types of fresh pasta, sauces, lasagnas and more.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting from scratch, building up word of mouth, refinancing your own company, trying to recreate recipes from Italy the proper way they have been done, sourcing authentic Italian products, working with farmers to grow more produce found in historical pasta recipes.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a pasta company turned restaurant. Specializing in fresh, handmade pastas (noodles and filled raviolis), especially lost recipes. Most proud of the growth. It’s been amazing to see what started as pure passion fuel passion with a whole city in regards to authentic Italian food. What sets us apart is our historical approach to our menu, we spend time traveling, researching, our goal to preserve history and knowledge, we are more than just about serving delicious food. We pride in bridging our cultures and providing a support system between us and Italy, by bringing artisans over and sharing their craft with the public, i.e.. brought a group of Italian nonnas in to teach us how to make orecchiette, and share their story.

What were you like growing up?
Typical Florida child that enjoyed surfing, fishing, skateboarding, a little rebellious.


  • Menu ranges $12-$35
  • Retail ranges $5-$100

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Karen Pagano

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