Mike Patrick is co-owner and culinary director of Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante and Roman-inspired Forza Storico. His handmade pasta, traditional Italian dishes and the Italian counterculture in the rustic restaurant and market are the jaunt to Italy that most Atlantans could previously only dream of. After attending the Culinary school, he studied for his sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers. A trip to Italy led to small jobs throughout Italy – from working in a porchetta production facility, pasta facilities and connecting with the pasta making networks of local Italian grandmothers – where he learned as much as possible about the culinary art. He returned to Atlanta and the pasta he made in his basement sold out within 25 minutes on his first day at the farmers market. He eventually met Pietro Gianni, his partner in Storico Fresco and recently opened Forza Storico and Storico Vino.