Atlanta Pizza War Heats Up!

by Steven Josovitz

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Its amazing how PIZZA has so dominated the Atlanta dining scene recently with so many openings.  So many blogs and reviews have been written about Pizza and who has the best. The general consensus is that the best pies are made by Fritti, Varsano’s, and now Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. I will throw in Pasta Bella of Marietta in the ring for the closest to a true NYC pizza pie and definitely worth a trip to the burbs. They are true Italian pies made by Greeks who have owned restaurants for over 30 years. My favorite is the Greek Gyro Pizza. They also have a full menu of over 200 menu choices other then their award wining pizza.  I have been impressed with Pasta Bella on numerous visits as the dough consistency, flavors and taste of the pie is always spot on.

My favorite all depends on my mood. I can say that I loved Fritti’s seafood pizza and my guest I took their  is still raving a year later. Varsano’s pizza is excellent and not soggy in the middle as some observed in reviews. Our pie was was super hot with a really nice fully cooked crust with crisp edges and those nice big dough bubbles bursting forth. They use a nice fresh sauce that adds a light touch. Max’s was a hoot as the oven is the star attraction. They have the first and only coal fired oven in Georgia which is the bench mark in pizza preparation as it operates at 1000 degrees. It is a really cool place that is really laid back and casual.

Deserts are simple and limited at the critics top three but Pasta Bella’s offers up to fifty different cakes, pies, pastries, cannoli’s and over a dozen different homemade NY style cheesecakes. Several other newcomers Nonna’s Mia’s, Pizza Fusion and Buckhead Pizza Company have opened pizzerias this year creating even more buzz and more dining choices.

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