Atlanta
1. Piccola New York Pizza
Dunwoody

If you want really excellent New York-style pizza, you’ll need to go to Dunwoody to get it. Wilton Vinas opened Piccola in January and it didn’t take long for word to start getting around about how good this thin-crusted yet just-chewy-enough dough. The standouts here include the eggplant parmesan and white pizzas, though you really can’t go wrong with a classic pepperoni, either.

2. Lloyd's Restaurant and Lounge
Candler Park

Come for the kitschy ‘70s basement bar vibe, stay for the pizza and cocktails. If you survive Atlanta traffic and arrive before 7 pm on a weekday, classic cocktails such as martinis and manhattans are only $5. The pizza is pretty classic—think toppings like sausage, pepperoni, and veggies—and makes an excellent companion to those cocktails. Get yourself some spinach and artichoke dip, too.

3. La Calavera Pizza
Kirkwood

La Calavera bakery reinvented itself as a pizza joint during the pandemic. They make three types of sourdough crusts (white, wheat, and gluten-free) and top them with locally sourced veggies and proteins. On the menu you might find the “buffalo cauliflower” pizza with oven-baked cauliflower tossed in a buffalo sauce and finished with a vegan ranch, as well as a hearty grandma pie (tomato sauce, olive oil, and basil, and no cheese).

4. Pizza Jean’s
Old Fourth Ward

Located on the second level of Ponce City Market, Pizza Jean’s shares a space with its sister company Root Baking Co. It’s open Thursday through Saturday. Three pizzas -- a red pie, a white pie, and a chef’s choice -- are available by the pie or slice. 

5. O4W Pizza
Duluth

Don’t let the name fool you, O4W Pizza is now actually located in downtown Duluth. This a no-frills joint. Owner and pizza maker Anthony Spina turns his attention to crafting his New Jersey-style pizza. His most beloved pie is the grandma pie, a 16-inch square pizza topped with homemade marinara sauce, mozzarella, pecorino, and olive oil. But, he also makes a killer Detroit pizza. Best to go with a couple friends and order one of each.

6. Glide Pizza
Old Fourth Ward and Decatur

Glide Pizza is very pandemic-friendly with a takeout window conveniently located on the BeltLine (there’s also a takeout window in the recently opened Inner Voice Brewing in Decatur). Mask up, place your order, and take your pizza to go. Founder Rob Birdsong lived in Brooklyn and opened Glide after moving back and realizing he couldn’t quite get the slice he wanted. Choose from cheese, pepperoni, or “the garlic” (olive oil, garlic, two kinds of mozzarella) but whatever you do, get a side of house-made pizza ranch.