THE BEST PIZZA SPOTS IN ATLANTA

By MIKE JORDAN / Posted on October 16, 2017

The great ATL “pizza wars,” which we thought were over after everybody went batshit crazy over Antico, are back. Trending now? Fast-casual pies that are made the way your Subway sandwich was, back when you weren’t concerned with your health and thought Jared seemed like an OK guy (spoiler alert: he wasn’t). And while those pizza parlors are decent enough, there are still a good number of places making hand-tossed, thin-crust, and even deep-dish masterpieces, and they deserve recognition — as well as a place in your stomach. Here are Atlanta’s best places for that ultimate Atlantan-American meal. Oh and shout-out to O4W’s Ammazza, which will surely return to this list once the building recovers from being hit by a damn car.

ARGOSY EAST ATLANTA
Great wood-fired pizza in a veritable nerd heaven
Not just a great beer bar, an analog arcade or comic book bruncher’s dream palace, EAV’s nautical-themed watering hole is home to way more than wooden sea creatures and owl murals. The wood-fired oven at the back of the joint slings tantalizing pies like the roasted garlic, asiago cream sauce-based Butternut Pie with 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.”

VARASANO’S PIZZERIA BUCKHEAD
The internet-famous pizza is still standing in ritzy ATL
Jeff (Varasano) has never been shy about sharing his famous pizza recipe; that’s why it’s among the most Googled ones on the planet. It took him a decade and lots of house pizza parties to perfect what is considered one of ATL’s best pies, and it doesn’t hurt that the soppressata, capicola, and prosciutto are Old Country worthy. Sure, the Perimeter Mall location didn’t make the rolling cut, but perhaps that’s just because there was a lot going on (sports, tapped wine, a speak-easy in the back, Astroturf on the outside). Back at the Buckhead mothership, it’s still an awesome pie that you’ve gotta try.

SAPORI DI NAPOLI DECATUR
Neapolitan-style pies from two brothers who grew up on the Amalfi Coast
Two brothers from Naples, who grew up spending weekends in a small country town on the Amalfi Coast named Agerola, moved to Decatur and started make the bossest pies in the suburb. That’s really about it. If you like Italian meats, San Marzano tomatoes and all that other Neapolitan tradition, you’ll be just fine here, especially if you order the Carnosa, which also includes bufala mozzarella, Italian sausage, spicy sopressata salame, and cotto ham.

RIBALTA MIDTOWN
Casually fancy pizza with an excellent vino selection
The NY-based guys who took over the old PIOLA spot quickly assumed the mantle of best Midtown’s pie place. The small space delivers insane pastas and cheese (try the burrata), but really shines in the oven. The Neapolitan-style reds and whites are topped with all the classics, plus oddities like shrimp, fries, and hot dogs. And it’s a great place to complement your pie with a delicious glass of Valpolicella Ripasso.

AVELLINO’S BROOKHAVEN
A pizza so good you’ll visit Brookhaven
Take a great neighborhood pizza pub that started in Decatur, combine it with people who have impressive sauce skills, and you have the best place in Brookhaven for your pizza fix. They seem to specialize in spicy pizzas, but the bravest among you will try the legendary Alla Diavola, or “deviled” pie. They require you sign a waiver for that one.