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Steak Shapiro’s Top 8 Atlanta Pizza Joints

How does Atlanta stack up as a pizza city?  While we are not going to be confused with New York or for that matter Boston or Chicago we do have a lot to be proud of and keep getting better which is why compiling this list was not easy but it is indeed what I am paid to do….I give you then: The Top Eight Pizza Places in Atlanta (with three honorable mentions) in alphabetical order of course.
 

Steak’s Top Eight:

Antico - Sophia Pizza
Antico – Sophia Pizza

Antico

No conversation on Atlanta pizza can be had without acknowledging Antico Pizza and how they put pizza on the map in this town. Perfect crust, impeccable ingredients and the greatest vibe. While Antico has all types of pizza and Italian dishes happening there I promise the San Gennaro pizza is what pizza tastes like in heaven.’

Athen's Pizza - Greek Pizza | Photo: Facebook/AthensPizzaAtlanta
Athen’s Pizza – Greek Pizza | Photo: Facebook/AthensPizzaAtlanta

Athens Pizza

I grew up in Boston where the savory sweet and deeper crust style of Greek pizza was the rage and Athens Pizza in Decatur beats all of them. Started by the legendary Papadopoulos family almost 45 years ago this is the ultimate family run joint that all big cities crave.

Fellini's - Exterior | Photo: Facebook/fellinisatlanta
Fellini’s – Exterior | Photo: Facebook/fellinisatlanta

Fellini’s Pizza

Every Atlantan has a strong connection to the legendary Fellini’s pizza and for that reason and their always “right on target” slices and full pies they belong on this list. I always order the savory sweet tomato sauce on the side for ideal dipping and their white pizza with garlic is pizza lovers magic.

Grana - Potato Pizza
Grana – Potato Pizza

Grana

The patio is simply one of the most talked about in all of Atlanta and the pizza deserves similar hype. The Neapolitan style pizza is pure bliss especially with their famous home-made veal meatballs alongside to create the perfect one/two punch.

Nina and Rafi’s

Right smack on the Beltline we have a legendary spot that folks have fallen in love with. There is a lot to love about Nina and Rafi’s but what Atlanta and America is talking about is the Detroit Red Pie pan pizza that brings a crust you will go to sleep dreaming about.

O4W Pizza - Pizza Slice | Photo: Facebook/o4wpizza
O4W Pizza – Pizza Slice | Photo: Facebook/o4wpizza

04W Pizza

Talk about a loyal following, this legendary spot in Duluth delivers memorable New Jersey style pizza with the Grandma pie being at the top of the class. If meat is your thing you’re in nirvana with their homemade meatball and sausages that takes pizza to a new horizon.

Varasano's Pizzeria - Pizza | Photo: Facebook/VarasanosPizzeria
Varasano’s Pizzeria – Pizza | Photo: Facebook/VarasanosPizzeria

Varasano’s Pizzeria

Jeff Varasano is a pizza legend who researched pizza like a mad scientist before opening his first pizza joint in Buckhead in 2009. The pizza is full of perfect flavors and delicious crust. I also will mention that the Varasano’s located at Gate A at Hartsfield Jackson airport might be the tastiest airport delight in America.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Slim and Husky’s

The story is as great as the pizza at this spot with two Atlanta locations that started in Nashville with three college roommates that loved pizza all the time. The respect for what makes a great pizza matters as much as the nods to Black culture with pizzas named for all time hip hop artists from Cee Lo Greene to Wu-Tang Clan.

Honorable Mentions:

 

Karvela’s Pizza

Phenomenal East Coast pie in Hogansville and LaGrange? You better believe it with the most lovable culinary family this side of the Mason Dixon line and a future Food Network Star in Joey Karvela to boot.

Mellow Mushrom - Stone-baked Cheese Pizza | Photo: Facebook/mellowmushroom
Mellow Mushroom – Stone-baked Cheese Pizza | Photo: Facebook/mellowmushroom

Mellow Mushroom

Perhaps the finest pizza chain in the country has been delighting Atlantas since 1974 with impeccable crust, super creative pies and a loyal following that most restaurants could only dream of.

Rosati's - Deep Dish | Photo:

Rosati’s

The perfect neighborhood pizza spot serving the perfect Chicago style Deep Dish that Chi-town transplants will be proud of.

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