The Top 5 Five Most Award-Winning Pizza Restaurants in Atlanta
October 29, 2015
We all know that pizza is true amore, but what does it take to make the best pizza? Plenty of local publications create their own best-of lists, taste-testing dozens of pies around the city; so rather than compete in an already saturated market, we’re corralling all of the number one winners all in one place (we did the same list for Atlanta’s best burgers in case you missed it). Though there are literally dozens of delicious options around town with incredible pizza reputations, like Varuni Napoli, Don Antonio, Fritti and Avellino’s, our list only covers the Top 5 steady winners guaranteed to please your pizza pining. Click through the slideshow for the full list of Atlanta's best pizza.
Story by Savanna Sturkie
Antico has more than made a name for itself since opening on the Westside in 2009— named the best pizzeria in the state by Huffington Post, number one on Eater’s Most Iconic Atlanta Pizzerias and the number one reader’s choice for Best Pizza by Atlanta Magazine, among other accolades, it’s even set to open a third location at the new Atlanta Braves stadium. Serving up authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, Antico has many of its ingredients imported directly from Italy, like Tutto Calabria Peppers, Double Zero Flour from Naples, San Marzano DOP Tomatoes from Sarno Valley, Coreccelli Olive Oil from Naples and Pietro and 500 kg every week of Mozzarella di Bufala DOP from Caserta. Their signature pie is the San Gennaro and features spicy fennel sausage, creamy mozzarella and charred sweet red peppers. Don’t forget to BYOB.
The Old Fourth Ward’s new favorite pizza joint only opened in January 2015, but has already garnered plenty of attention for its traditional and made-from-scratch pies. In fact, they took home the gold medal in Creative Loafing’s Ultimate Pizza Smackdown. Anthony Spina, who grew up working in the New Jersey pizza business, brought his handcrafted pizzas to Atlanta with mouthwateringly good results. Their signature, The Grandma Pie, is a recipe Spina feels he reinvented: a thin-crusted beauty with mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil, garlic and marinara. The 12-slice pie may be simple, but it’s so delicious it even makes up nearly 60 percent of the restaurant’s total sales.
Described by Bon Appetit as what “could be the most delicious pizza in America,” Jeff Varasano’s eponymous pizzeria opened in March 2009. Since then, it has gained an amazing international following online, as Jeff shares his signature pizza recipe on his website. The house special is “Nana’s” pie with mozzarella, tomato sauce, and a blend of “secret” herbs, best topped with sweet roasted red peppers.
Double Zero Napoletana
Sibling team Stephanie and Frederico Castellucci, fifth generation restaurateurs, opened Double Zero Napoletana in Sandy Springs in 2011. Ranked number four on Eater’s Essential Atlanta Pizza Restaurants, They pack a traditional menu of pizza Margherita and beyond, made with mostly regional ingredients from Lilburn-sourced sausage to bacon and soppressata from NC's Heritage Farms and heirloom tomatoes from Mountain Song in Alabama. Their namesake signature pizza is The Double Zero Napoletana, a crisp pie crust topped with prosciutto di parma (dry cured and thinly-sliced ham), grana padana (a hard Italian cheese similar to parmesan), and fior di latte (better known as cow’s milk mozzarella).