Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Spot in 12 Different Atlanta 'Hoods

Published On 01/21/2015 Published On 01/21/2015
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Ribalta ATL
Pizza Bella Near Emory University
Mellow Mushroom Downtown Atlanta
Varasano's Pizzeria
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Sapori di Napoli
Avellino's Brookhaven
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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 (!!).