There are few people in Atlanta or the restaurant industry who haven’t heard of Pano Karatassos and his growing restaurant empire, Buck-head Life Restaurant Group.John Mariani, Esquire magazine’s restaurant critic for 20 years and author of many culinary books, says this is because Karatassos is easily Atlanta’s most important restaurant innovator.“Pano put Atlanta on the face of the culinary map,” Mariani says. “I can remember coming to Atlanta in the 1970s and the food was appalling, and a ...

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