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9 Great New Pizza Places in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  October 27, 2015
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That pizza is popular is a given. In fact, we just rounded up the 50 ultimate, must-try pizzas in every U.S. state. But it's having something of a moment here in Atlanta. There are plenty of established players in the Neapolitan pie scene (Varasano's, Fritti, Vingenzo's, Ammazza, Campania and, of course, ATL heavyweight Antico). But plenty of newcomers are popping up, offering takes on both Italian and American styles. These spots have all opened up in the past year, offering the city's pizza fanatics even more options — and argument fodder for where to find the best pie. What's your preferred pizzeria? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter.

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    O4W Pizza

    A humble counter in the quirky Irwin Street Market surprised Atlanta when it opened in 2015 and quickly began turning out one of the best pizzas in the state. The thin-crust square Grandma pie ($23.50), made with a simple garlicky marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella and pecorino cheeses and fresh basil, delivers a dozen pieces of crisp, savory and iconic goodness — go with someone who won't fight you over the crispy, charred-cheese corners. You'll also find pizza sold by the slice, or in large, round New Jersey–style pies (slightly thinner than a traditional NYC pizza).

    660 Irwin St.; 678-515-3388

  • Brezza Cucina

    This sprawling, breezy Italian is the first Atlanta outpost from restaurateur Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, Adele's and more) and executive chef Adam Evans, and its dining room and separate bar occupy two distinct — and distinctly elegant — spaces in Ponce City Market. Diners tuck into hearty plates of roast seafood and handmade pasta, or nibble on antipasti while perusing the broad selection of vino. The selection of pizzas isn't large, but it is high quality and aiming for authenticity.

    675 Ponce de Leon Ave.; 404-724-9700

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    Varasano's Pizzeria

    The bright-orange door in Dunwoody’s Perimeter Mall is a signal that this eclectic kitchen, sibling to the South Buckhead original, is a little different from your traditional pie shop. Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas are customizable and dispensed fast casual–style in the funky setting, with a semisecret adjoining bar where diners in the know sip craft cocktails.

    4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.; 470-223-3800

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    Colletta

    A sister to the neighboring Oak Steakhouse, this Avalon Italian spot sports ceilings that soar, sleek blond-wood furniture and a pasta machine visible from the dining room. The upscale menu runs the old-country gamut of antipasti, pasta and wood-fired entrees, drawing particular inspiration from the meat-heavy Italian north, and also serves up a special menu of family-style platters. Pizzas — there are always six on the menu — change according to seasonal ingredient availability.

    900 Third St., Alpharetta; 678-722-8335

  • Novo Cucina

    This large Dunwoody Italian fast-casual is the brainchild of Riccardo Ullio, the restaurateur behind in-town gems Fritti and Sotto Sotto. The nontraditional ordering system may baffle at first (diners use a card to record all their orders and drinks), but the pizza and pasta dishes are boundless and loaded with local ingredients, to pair perfectly with glasses from the serve-yourself Enomatic wine dispenser. More than two dozen Neapolitan pizza choices offer something for almost any taste, and any can be made in gluten-free form for an additional charge.

    5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody; 470-275-3000

  • Dolce Italian

    This glitzy new Buckhead Atlanta restaurant overlooks the development's central plaza, offering a great perch for sharing one of the luxe Italian spot's seven pizzas. The choices are Neapolitan-style with thin crusts and fresh ingredients, and while the topping combinations are traditionally Italian, occasional moments of surprise pop up with surprising ingredients — jalapeño alongside meatball and red sauce, for instance.

    3035 Peachtree Rd. NW; 678-686-2267

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    Princi Italia

    Upscale Italian fare including pastas, wood-fired pizzas and wine combine at this inviting Italian in Midtown, with a sister location in Texas; thanks to the blond-wood furnishings and elegant design, it’s a pleasant experience in the polished interior with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Nine pizzas on the menu come hot out of a wood-burning oven, a little thicker than traditional Neapolitan, a little thinner than American pies. Toppings remain wholly Italian, though, with combinations like fig and Gorgonzola, or prosciutto and arugula.

    77 12th St. NE; 404-709-2058

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    Ribalta

    Clean, light-colored walls, soft lighting and a refreshingly uncluttered interior (formerly Piola) put the emphasis straight on the food at this Midtown pizzeria, opened by pros with a similar operation in NYC. Small plates and daily made pastas draw on Italian traditions, while the pizzas come in either classic Neapolitan-style right out of the brick ovens, or as a large pizza "in pala," big enough for two and with dough that's twice-cooked to be crisp outside and pillowy within.

    1080 Peachtree St. NE Ste. 9; 404-249-7019

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    Antico Pizza Napoletana

    The original Antico Pizza in Home Park helped launch the Neapolitan pie craze here in Atlanta. "Pizza nirvana" is what it's been called, and the long lines became almost as legendary as the pizza itself. Giovanni di Palma opened a second location of his acclaimed pie shop early this year up in Alpharetta's Avalon mega-development, and the top-notch quality remains, though a little of the rough-and-tumble charm of the intown spot's lost in favor suburban sterility. Once that pizza lands on your communal table, though, all the focus will be on the pie.

    ​2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta