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Located in the popular Buckhead area, Varasano’s Pizzeria has been voted ‘Best Pizza in Atlanta’ by several sources. Its thin crust pizzas are baked to perfection. The all-natural ingredients lend themselves uniquely to each dish. Try Nana’s house special pizza, which is served with mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, and of course a surprising blend of mixed herbs. Top it off with Varasano’s sweet roasted red peppers.
Address & telephone number: Varasano’s Pizzeria, 2171 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 352 8216
With a few locations peppered around the inner neighborhoods of Atlanta, Fellini’s is a local favorite for high school students in Buckhead, young professionals in Midtown, and family groups from Sandy Springs. Their New York style pizzas are excellent – even if you opt to go with a classic slice of pepperoni. Once you’ve tried that, come back and pick a calzone to top off with everything from meatballs, fresh spinach, or Italian sausage, or even a monster sized Greek salad. Fellini’s Pizza excels in its portion sizes and fair prices, so be sure to indulge.
Address & telephone number: Fellini’s Pizza, 4429 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 303 8248
This wood fire pizzeria is family owned and run, a Midtown project near Atlanta’s Georgia Tech campus kicked off by Giovanni Di Palma, who hails from Naples, Italy. The Napoli style pizza is as authentic as it gets, making Antico one of Atlanta’s gems for pizza.
Address & telephone number: Antico Pizza, 1093 Hemphill Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 724 2333
Mellow Mushroom has been serving the Atlanta community for over 40 years now. Established on Midtown’s Spring Street in 1974, the pizza joint has multiplied and grown substantially over the past few decades, but the pillow-like, fluffy dough – soft as a cloud – and killer toppings haven’t gone anywhere. At Mellow, handcrafted personal pies, billowing calzones, and sensational hoagies await. Stylish, deadhead-like decorations line the walls of this funky pizza parlor, and the laid-back feel is sure to add enjoyment to your visit. With everything from buffalo chicken to vegetarian and gluten free pizza options, visitors are sure to find something delicious.
Address & telephone number: Mellow Mushroom, Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 874 2291
Ribalta has two locations: one in New York City, the pizza mecca of the United States, the other in Atlanta, Georgia. Neapolitan cuisine masters Rosario Procino and Pasquale Cozzolino have worked to bring Atlanta dwellers a little bit of love from both the Big Apple and Italy itself. Custom pizzas accompany traditional classics such as the Parma (mozzarella, grape tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto, served atop a thin crust). Ribalta serves authentic, carefully cooked pasta plates such as spaghetti and gnocchi, as well.
Address & telephone number: Ribalta, 1080 Peachtree Street NE #9, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 249 7019
Fearlessly occupying the spotlight of one of Atlanta’s most unique neighborhoods, Little Five Points favorite Savage Pizza is the perfect place to grab a slice before exploring the neighborhood. The design is somewhat of a hybrid between diner-like accommodations and heady, artistic decorations and murals of your favorite childhood superheroes. Defying any stereotypes associated with the classic pizza parlor, Savage Pizza is a great fit for its Little Five Points location. Try the ‘sav-veg,’ complete with whole-wheat crust, garlic tomato sauce, mushrooms, broccoli, yellow onion, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and more.
Address & telephone number: Savage Pizza – Little Five Points, 484 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 523 0500
This East Atlanta Village gastropub boasts a wood fired oven that produces some of the best pizza in the city. The kitchen remains open until 11 pm, and the pizza joint also has an all-encompassing craft beer selection to accompany its 14-inch pizzas. Try ‘the admiral,’ which comes with rich tomato sauce, pepperoni, cured Spanish chorizo, and arugula. The ‘don-a-tello’ is another tantalizing choice, with roasted garlic adagio cream sauce and black truffle pancetta that is to die for. Don’t miss out on Argosy even if you can’t make the drive – the versatile gastropub delivers!
Address & telephone number: Argosy, 470 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 577 0407
Inman Park is an attractive neighborhood of Atlanta, culinary-wise. Fritti, a youthful, energetic spot with a welcoming patio and an elegant interior serves wood-fired pizza, as well – its Neapolitan style is reminiscent of what many mean when they mention ‘real pizza.’ Reaching a stifling 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, Fritti’s oven helps turn over these Neapolitan masterpieces at a satisfactory pace, but the Caputo flour and all-natural dough ensures a delectable end product. Grab a seat on the patio and work your way through a nice Italian meal at a leisurely pace.
Address & telephone number: Fritti, 309 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 880 9559
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Welcome to Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, one of Downtown, Atlanta’s most spectacular culinary attractions. Immediately experience the New York style pizza and Max’s Tuscan cooked meats, keeping in mind that it was cooked in Atlanta’s only coal oven pizzeria! The warehouse style edifice is charmingly fitted with a wood paneled interior and can accommodate droves of customers, and with plenty of outside seating, Max’s assumes a cheery role as one of Downtown’s most reliable spots to walk into on a sunny day.
Address & telephone number: Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 974 2941
Baraonda is an authentic Italian restaurant located aside the historic Fox Theatre in Midtown, Atlanta. The restaurant possesses a well-developed menu, and its pizza selection is bold, fit with locally sourced ingredients. Play it safe with the margherita, or experience something new and create your own pizza. The custom option includes a list of toppings to choose from (capers, olives, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, spicy salami, and more), so you’re guaranteed a chance to experiment as much as you like.
Address & telephone number: Baraonda, 710 Peachtree Street NE #200, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 879 9962
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