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The Best Pizza Spot in 12 Different Atlanta 'Hoods

Published On 01/21/2015 Published On 01/21/2015
Thrillist/SEBASTIAN DAVIS

Pizza is good. Like (stop trying to pretend you predicted this!) Atlanta Hawks good. In fact, it's so good that you never want to be far from some of Atlanta's best 'za. Well, now you won't be thanks to our list of the best pizza spots in 12 different Atlanta 'hoods...
 

Ribalta ATL

Midtown

Ribalta (address and info)
The NY-based guys who took over the PIOLA spot have quickly assumed the mantle of best Midtown pie place. The small space delivers insane pastas and cheese (try the burrata FTW), but really shines in the oven. The reds and whites are topped with all the classics, plus oddities like shrimp, fries, and hot dogs.

Pizza Bella Near Emory University

Druid Hills

Pizza Bella (address and info)
Your quiet, Northeast delivery boys are coming strong with five-meat pies (the Dugan is a sight to behold), but veggie aficionados need not worry, they’ll throw extra garlic and olives on anything. They are also the only people in town accepting Bitcoins as payment.

Mellow Mushroom Downtown Atlanta

Downtown

Mellow Mushroom (address and info)
Our 40-year-strong local chain deserves respect for all the love it's given ATL over the decades, and Mellow’s biggest and baddest location on West Peachtree still gives you all the basil pesto you love on the Magical Mystery Tour. The full bar is there for you too, but the local beer selection is the more appropriate choice.

Varasano's Pizzeria

Buckhead

Varasano's Pizzeria (address and info)
Jeff (Varasano, duh) has never been shy about sharing his famous pizza recipe, that’s why it’s the most Googled one on the planet. It took him a decade to perfect what is now the world’s best pie, and it doesn't hurt that the soppressata, capicola, and prosciutto are Old Country worthy.

Thrillist/Sebastian Davis

East Atlanta

Argosy (address and info)
Not just a sweet beer bar, EAV’s nautical-themed watering hole is home to way more than wood paneling and owl murals. The wood-fired oven at the back of the joint slings tantalizing 'za like the roasted garlic asiago cream sauce-based Butternut Pie w/ black truffle honey pancetta; or the pepperoni/grass-fed beef/house-made sausage Mutiny on the Bounty, which according to the Beastie Boys is "what it's all about."

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Old Fourth Ward

Ammazza (address and info)
Edgewood’s revitalization needs this kind of aggressive menu. Roasted black cherries, an impossibly good vegan pie, and a prosciutto piece that doesn’t even need sauce are just some of the daring offerings.

Sapori di Napoli

Decatur

Sapori di Napoli (address and info)
Two brothers from Naples move to Decatur and start make the bossest pies in the ‘burb. Case closed. If they’d include arancini (fried rice balls) as a topping they might take over the whole city.

Avellino's Brookhaven

Brookhaven

Avellino’s (address and info)
Take a great neighborhood pub, combine it with people who have impressive sauce skills, and you have the best place in Brookhaven for your pizza fix. The bravest among you will try the Alla Diavola, or “deviled” pie. They require you sign a waiver for that one.

Thrillist/Sebastian Davis

Little Five Points

Cameli’s (address and info)
Our little bohemian ‘hood has a nice selection of food offerings (including the city’s best bar/burrito spot). But when it comes to pizza, Cameli's Monster Slice is always a giant, cheesy welcome mat that makes it almost impossible not to love this 'hood.

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Virginia Highlands

Timone’s (address and info)
Ron Eyester is much more than our favorite Top Chef contestant, he's also a purveyor of seriously sweet toppings like duck confit on top of buttery crusts and rich cheeses, plus his new deli will add roast beef, Italian beef, and corned beef. Beef and pizza. Guaranteed those find a way onto the toppings list.

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Westside

Antico (address and info)
A Little Italy is rapidly growing right outside of Georgia Tech’s campus. The sausage and sweet red peppers are perfectly deserving of the line that forms out the door every day. The rare-for-Atlanta BYOB policy means you can choose your Prosecco accompaniment.

FRITTI

Inman Park

Fritti (address and info)
Perfectly puffed crusts lie just beneath sauce and cheese (and pesto, and salami, and beef, and ricotta, etc.). Seriously, with approximately 30 houses recipes, you’ll have to take your time getting through all of these.

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1. Ribalta 1080 Peachtree St NE, Ste 9, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

The NY-based guys who took over the PIOLA spot have quickly assumed the mantle of best Midtown pie place. The small space delivers insane pastas, but really shines in the oven.

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2. Pizza Bella 1799 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Try the red pepper-based Bajou Bella w/ andouille & roast chicken; wings served wet (ginger teriyaki) or dry (Cajun mesquite); or sammies on fresh-baked, thin-rolled house dough such as the chicken/ bacon/ cheddar/ mozzarella "Freestyle".

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3. Mellow Mushroom 400 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

This local chain deserves respect for all the love they’ve given ATL over the decades. There's a full bar, but the local beer selection is the most appropriate with their sweet pies.

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4. Varasano's 2171 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Jeff Varasano's eponymous pizza restaurant gain national acclaim with its first outpost in Buckhead (it was purportedly one of Rachel Ray's favorite spots in America). This Perimeter offshoot is a clubby update of the original, complete with a outdoor patio, secret entry lounge and in-house DJ. Pies range from the traditional to fancier stuff like the "Nucci" (garlic, olives, Emmenthaler, arugula, Capocollo).

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5. Argosy 470 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This massive bar in East Atlanta Village is a local late-night watering hole. Until 2am every night, this restaurant dishes out funky craft brews and everything from mini hot dogs, to gourmet pizzas, to seasonal entrees. Always bustling, this a great place to bring a group for drinks in the spacious beer garden.

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6. Ammazza 591-A Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

An industrial-chic pizza restaurant and bar in the historic Old Fourth Ward, Ammazza's a hipster hangout serving Neapolitan style pizza and other Italian fare. Using ingredients imported directly from Campania in addition to sustainably sourced meat and produce from the metropolitan Atlanta area, Ammazza's eats are flavorful, savory, and really quite tasty.

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7. Sapori di Napoli 314 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Two brothers from Naples move to Decatur and started making some sick pizzas in a brick oven. They even have gluten-free pies.

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8. Avellino's 1328 Windsor Pkwy, Brookhaven, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

Take a great neighborhood pub, add perfectly charred, thick crust pizzas, and you have the best place in Brookhaven for your mozzarella fix. This restaurant and tavern offers Neapolitan style pizza, backed by an extensive draft beer selection. Try their “IL Diavolo” pie if you dare: containing ground red savina, habanero, jalapeño, and ghost peppers, it's spicier than hell.

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9. Cameli's L5P 337 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Cameli's sports a Multicade (Frogger, Dig Dug, Rally-X), wall art featuring beer brands meshed with images of Batman and Stormtroopers, and an amazing, pine-wrapped, awning-covered rooftop patio with tons of potted plants and a silly view of the downtown skyline.

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10. Timone's 1409 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Morningside)

This NY-influenced pizza joint from Ron Eyester has stuffed rice balls, wine of tap, and, of course, glorious amounts of gourmet 'za.

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11. Antico Pizza Napoletana 1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

This tiny, family owned and operated pizza shop in Home Park doles out saucy, Neapolitan pizzas. Made using a wood-fired oven directly imported from Naples, pizzas come out perfectly charred, piled high with thick, melted mozzarella and flavorful San Marzano tomato sauce. A relaxed BYOB policy makes dining in a treat.

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12. Fritti 309 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

This hip, high-ceilinged spot in Inman Park offers artisanal Neapolitan pizza. Cooked in a 1,000 degree oven, pies come perfectly crispy and are topped with the likes of hot salame, cotto ham, sausage, pancetta, and black olives, among other toppings. So authentic, these pies are actually certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (!!).

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