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Octopus swims onto menus across the city.

SEA LEGS: St. Cecilia’s hearth-roasted octopus

1. Osteria Mattone
Fancy Roma fare? Taste an Italian twist on appetizers with this bistro’s signature polpo octopus antipasti tossed with chickpeas, radicchio and mint-lime vin. 1095 Canton St., 678.878.3378

2. St. Cecilia
This European Coastal-inspired resto underscores elegance with its selection of Mediterranean seafood dishes, including hearth-roasted octopus in cured tomato, accompanied by Italian bean salad. 3455 Peachtree Road NE, 404.554.9995

3. Stem Wine Bar
Select a tempranillo or Rioja to complement the Spanish octopus a la plancha with marcona almonds, piquillos and arugula at this tempting tapas bar. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, 678.214.6888

4. 4th and Swift
Lauded for its savory appeal, this eatery’s wood-grilled octopus in spicy harissa with artichokes, charred cipollini onions and maitake mushrooms is a modern spin on Southern comfort food. 621 North Ave. NE, 678.904.0160

5. STK
Tender Spanish grilled octopus has a smoky char and wonderful juicy flavor. Sliced into medallions and paired with pickled red onion, it’s so authentic perhaps it belongs in a Barcelona tapas joint—not a steakhouse. 1075 Peachtree St., 404.793.0144