Do not read if you’re hungry – Here’s my picks for the best pizza in Atlanta!
Antico Pizza – It’s a bit of a surprise to some that the one of the most popular pizza spots for pizza in Atlanta has no traditional dining area. Well at least in the original location. Outposts at The Battery / Suntrust Park and Avalon in Alpharetta do. Guests sit at communal tables right inside the kitchen, and Antico serves pizza (made with items imported from Italy) until it runs out of dough. The two most popular pies are the margherita and the San Gennaro, sausage with sweet peppers.
Double Zero Pizza – Though the popular pizza / Italian spot abandoned Sandy Springs for Decatur, and I’m a little sad because that’s quite far for me, I still do think they’ve got some of the best pizza in Atlanta. Get the house special – Double Zero with Prosciutto, Arugula. Double Zero is a terrific spot for a big group outing. Just make sure to designate a pizza cutter for your evening.
Fellini’s Pizza – Whether you’re like me and remember late night pizza runs to Fellini’s to end those cravings, or you just enjoy a pie and pint with friends on one of their lovely patios, Fellini’s is a terrific choice for pizza by the slice.
Fritti – At Fritti in Inman Park, you can choose from nearly 30 different types of pizza. If you like seafood, get the Frutti di Mare. The Speck pizza is also terrific as is the Cotto Funghi pizza, with a mixture of cremini, portabello and cotto ham. It gets really crowded at Fritti so go at off peak times to enjoy some of the best pizza in the city.
Industry Tavern – Avoid the lunch hour as this Buckhead spot gets slammed. Get the Victory, winner of a prestigious pizza competition in Las Vegas several years ago. It is full of mushrooms, sausage and a buffalo mozzarella, and it’s clear why it was a winner. However, the pesto and fennel sausage pizza is equally as delicious.
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Nina and Rafi – Located along the Atlanta Beltline is Nina & Rafi, sister restaurant to Old 4th Ward pizza. Here they have thin crust pizzas and thick crust (Detroit style). There’s a small but delicious list of wines by the glass, but I’d recommend starting with a Negroni. Oh and you need to get an order of the artichokes to start too! I’d recommend a Meat me in Detroit which comes with pepperoni, hot soppressata, spicy capicola. If you like spicy, you will enjoy the the Prosciutto di Parm with calabrian chili pesto prosciutto. Swipe left to see all the goodness I had at Nina and Rafi’s – one of the best pizza places in Atlanta.
Vero Pizzeria – Butcher-block tables, wood shelving and tile give the restaurant an Italian rustic charm. Fresh herbs hang on a converted shabby chic chandelier. The focal point of the restaurant is its gigantic, 6,800-pound pizza oven, imported from Italy. This Neapolitan style oven cooks pizza in less than two minutes. To maintain its high heat, the oven burns through the night. Get the meatball pie or the ‘njuda (imported spreadable sausage) pizza with smoked provolone.
Varasano’s – You know the story of how Varasano’s Pizza got started right? If not click on the link – it’s a cool read. Get Nana’s pizza, the house special. It is the pizza that owner Jeff Varasano’s grandmother used to make. It is topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce with a secret blend of Italian herbs. Though the Salumi pizza with cured Italian meats and the New Haven Clam with clams, mussels and garlic is also tasty. Although you can specify whether you want the latter with white or red sauce, go for the white sauce. Pizzas come out quickly, so you won’t have to wait long for the some of the best pizza in Atlanta if you are hungry.
Varuni Napoli – I love the patio at Varuni Napoli. It’s a super spot to enjoy your some of the best pizza pies in Atlanta if you can snag a seat! You can’t go wrong with the Bastardo pizza with mozzarella, pepperoni, ‘nduja (pork sausage spread), romano cheese and basil. Or try the Artisan White pizza with buffalo ricotta, Taleggio cheese, pancetta (Italian bacon), pecorino romano, basil, black truffle oil. Note that Varuni Napoli is only open for dinner on weeknights.
Where to find the best Pizza in Atlanta outside the Perimeter:
Big Pie in the Sky – Featured on the Food Network, the Kennesaw original’s tag line is slices as big as your head. The diameter of the XL pie is 30 inches! Seriously just click on that link and you’ll see a picture of my friend, Brandon, taking a bite of slice and it’s way bigger than his head. Love that you can order pieces by the slice as opposed to many other pizza spots on this list. The Big Kahuna with bacon, pineapple and feta is my favorite. Also, the spot has a second location in Roswell too.
Old 4th Ward – Wait? Is it ITP or in the burbs? Yes, this pizza place moved to Duluth much to the chagrin of ITPers. The Grandma Pie is quite stellar and worth the drive. Though there’s no meat on this pie, it is bursting with flavor. The thick pieces are in contrast to the thin Neapolitan pizza that is so popular. The simple, yet perfect garlic, basil, mozzarella and sauce blend expertly together. Owner Anthony Silva says you can’t go wrong with his favorite, the plain cheese, either. No matter what you pick, you’re in for some of the best pizza in Atlanta…er…Duluth.
Pizzeria Lucca – Roswellites aren’t excluded from this list with Pizzeria Lucca in right off of Marietta Highway serving up some delicious thin crust pies around! They’ve got 3 ovens going most weekends and they are able to cook your pizzas super fast with their high temperatures.
If you don’t get one of the meatball pies (which we highly recommend) make sure to get the meatball appetizer. It goes well with their salads too if you or someone in your group is watching their carb intake.
We tried 4 pies and of them all, I’d say the simple, classic Margherita was our favorite, though the Meatball and Peppadew was a very close second. The hearty meat and the sweet and spicy Peppadew peppers are a fantastic combo. The namesake, Lucca, with sweet and spicy sausage, basil, onions and garlic is for sure a crowd pleaser!
If you enjoy white pies, go with the Fig and Prosciutto. They don’t skimp on toppings at all at this wonderful pizza spot and this pizza is loaded with fig jam and prosciutto. A bit on the sweet side, but nonetheless delicious!
But you’re not done yet. You’re probably full from shoving your pie hole with pie, I understand. But do get a slice of limoncello cake to go. They import it from Italy! You’ll enjoy it for dessert later that evening. I promise.
Vingenzo’s – Feel like taking a drive up to Woodstock? The margherita pizza as well as the soppressata pizza are what to order here if you want to have some of the best pizza in Atlanta. These pizzas are cooked in an 800-degree oven for 90 seconds. The owner imports many items from Italy for use in his pizza and pasta making.