Local ingredients infiltrate a menu of inventive, from-scratch entrees at The Porch at Collier, a violet-drenched eatery that Thrillist Atlanta deems "unpretentious and nostalgic." Starters slide onto tables, kicking off feasts and competitive-eating portions of family reunions with noshes such as the twice-baked goat-cheese soufflé, served with red- and gold-beet salad, walnuts, and greens. House-smoked bacon, mushrooms, red peppers, and green onions balance atop the shrimp and cheese grits, slathered in Red Eye gravy. Forks plunge through a pool of melted blue cheese and red-wine sauce to impale the rib-eye steak, a time-tested cut hearty enough to sate appetites accrued while moving bales of apple pies. Patrons hasten courses down cuisine canals with sips of house wine, well cocktails, or one of an arsenal of draft brews, which include Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA and Stone Ruination.
Crescent Avenue in Atlanta’s Midtown is a great little row of restaurants and bars, with a full range of options from Irish pubs to upscale seafood. On the most casual end of the scale is a Florida beach-themed spot called Flip Flops. There is a pizza kitchen offering pies or pretzels, but it’s best to show up at Flip Flops later in the evening for drinks with friends instead. If Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (the song or the restaurant) puts a smile on your face, then you will feel right at home at Flip Flops, with its tiki island décor and patio seating. There’s ample space to meet up with friends for a drink before heading to one of the destination restaurants on Crescent Avenue, but beware: Flip Flops does have a serious frat party reunion vibe. Just go with the flow and you should have a great time.
At Buckhead Pizza Co.'s three locations kitchens bustle as chefs simmer house-made sauce and bake Atlanta-style thin-crust pizzas to a golden brown in 500-degree ovens. They toss fresh regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free dough and make each pie to order before covering it in signature toppings such as Atlanta steak with caramelized onions and blue cheese. The charming pizzeria also fills cherry-wood tables with crispy flatbreads, calzones, and bubbling pans of lasagna. Diners take a break from the sun and his unreasonable demands for pizza sacrifices under the outdoor patio's awning, enjoying breezy sunset dinners or cocktail hours filled with frosty brews and red and white wines from the full bar.
ParQ serves the familiar cuisine of an Italian bistro in a casual dining room with views of nearby Piedmont Park. Drawing from a spread of 24 toppings, which includes genoa salami, jalapeños, and prosciutto, the cooks artfully bake thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas over a smoldering pile of Julia Child’s cookbooks. They also grill rustic white or wheat bread for every panini and create pasta dishes with the diners’ choice of sauce, meats, and vegetables. Outside, dog-friendly patio seating allows guests to enjoy their meals alfresco while vigilant canines keep an eye out for threatening leaf shadows.
The menu at Nancy’s Pizza teases open mouths with a flavorable variety of stuffed and thin-crust pizzas alongside taste-bud-tempting starters, salads, and sandwiches. Prime palates with eight zesty Italian chicken wings ($8.75), or lodge tiny bites of garlic bread ($3.79) discretely into your mouth to savor melted mozzarella
and ward off table vampires. Pizzaholics can choose from 27 fresh ingredients as they build a 2.5-inch-thick pie from the ground up, or they can opt for a signature stuffed option such as the chicken cacciatore ($22.19–$29.59) or Nana’s special, stuffed with muscle-building spinach and mushrooms ($19.09–$25.29). Roasted Italian-beef sandwiches ($6.79) and Greek salads ($5.75–$8.99) fill empty stomachs on court-mandated pauses from pizza consumption.
Cameli’s fresh menu comprises elemental Italian fare that appeals to taste buds of all cultural stripes. Start with a shareable dish such as the portabella-enhanced fried ravioli ($5.95), which provides the carb-culled energy required of barehanded fire-hydrant-dismantling contests. The Greek salad ($6.25) offers satisfying flavors to hungry herbivores, and the eatery's infamous monster slice ($3.25 plus $0.85/topping) lets meat eaters, vegetarians, and lachanophobic folk alike customize the toppings on their thin-crusted isosceles triangle. Specialty pies such as the spinach- and feta-laden pax Americana ($7.95 for 10”/$18 for 16”) and the broccoli- and roasted-potatoes-dotted Joey Woolum ($7.95 for 10”/$19 for 16”) make generic, frozen, no-topping grocery-store pizzas take up self-help books, religious pamphlets, and ice-crystal therapy.
Ray’s New York Pizza offers a menu filled with delicious New York–style pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and more, all made from fresh ingredients. Start out by throwing on your best bomb-squad costume and carefully approaching an explosive plate of chicken bursts ($6.75) served with ranch, garlic, or hot sauce, and top it off with a warm bowl of chili ($2.99). Alternately, use bits of candy corn you saved from last Halloween to lure a chicken, gyro, or veggie-filled pita wrap ($7.50) into your mouth trap. Pizzas can be procured in classically foldable slices ($2.75–$4.25) or in 14-inch ($14.15–$18.70), 16-inch ($16.50–$21.25), or 18-inch ($17.75–$22.75) sizes. Meat lovers will appreciate Ray’s meat pizza, which features pepperoni, sausage, ham, and meatballs, while the gourmet veggie pizza will delight herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a conglomeration of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and other legumes.
After failed pizza exchange programs to Salt Lake City and unproductive partnerships with Orlando pies, Hotlanta's latest cultural pizza exchange reveals a heretofore unknown force in pizza pie excellence: the New York–style slice. Today's deal gives you a chance to fold it in half for yourself: for $10, you get $25 worth of hand-tossed, homemade pizza pies topped with savory sauces and succulent toppings at New York Pizza Exchange. Atlanta Magazine named this Vinings pie parlor in its Best of Atlanta awards in 2009.
Piola cures harrowing hunger pangs with a menu featuring more than 50 kinds of brick-oven-baked pizza alongside entrees, salads, desserts, and drinks. Support the crusade against pasta with antipasti delights such as bruschetta, which accompanies home-baked bread with an entourage of fresh tomatoes and basil ($6), or enlist the slightly spicy Le Vignole, which occupies unincorporated plates with mini shells and installs them with a triumvirate of vegetables, chicken, and chili peppers ($7.50). Patrons can snag a slice of Piola's thin-crust pizza creations, such as the San Daniele, with parma ham, tomato sauce, and mozzarella ($13.95). Sample the flavors of the ocean without raiding a mermaid's pantry by diving into entrees such as the tonno tagliato, a pan-seared tuna steak served with oven-roasted potatoes ($16). Post-meal cool-downs start with delightful desserts such as the profiteroles, which blend together vanilla ice cream, cream puffs, and chocolate sauce ($7).
Today's deal makes it easier to guarantee a kiss after a first date, particularly if your usual method for doing so involves Machiavellian plots-within-plots and requires access to a Bengal tiger: For $20, you get $45 worth of Tuscan-style wining and dining at Taverna. The escaped brainchild of former Florentine Paolo Tondo and master sommelier Jasmin Reyes, the restaurant is a synergetic Italian-American hybrid that combines authentic Tuscan cuisine with an impressive wine list. This ultra-compatible pairing has apparently spawned other romantic couplings; Metromix named Taverna Fiorentina one of the best date restaurants in Smyrna and Vinings.Welling was determined to capture the minds and tongues of the niche—but expanding—market of disco fans. After extensive research, he determined that disco’s sparkling clothing and bouncy rhythms were the culinary equivalent of pasta covered in rich tomato sauce. Welling’s findings were so delicious that disco changed its name to Italy, enraging Italy, which was forced to change its name to Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians. Pick up today’s Groupon for some delicious Italian food from America, prepared by full-blooded Italians from Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians.
The best part of getting amazing pizza for 60% off is being able to stock up on versatile circular shapes. Pizza—a round bread disc covered with tomato sauce, melted cheese, and edible toppings—is typically reserved for consumption, but with today's deep discount, feel free to grab enough pizzas to use for all your circle needs, including:
Because pizza has no natural predator in the American ecosystem, the ones on Savage Pizza’s menu have been free to cross-breed with indigenous cuisines—leading to Savage Pizza's signature Cajun pizza (roasted chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, red onions, green peppers, and three cheeses in a spicy red-pepper sauce, $17.25/12" medium) and Greek pizza (feta, artichoke hearts, Greek olives, red onion, fresh spinach, and two cheeses in a garlic tomato sauce, $14/12" medium). If the Mexican, Mai Pai, Bolognese, or Deluxe pies don't tickle your fancy until it presses charges for harassment, you can always build your own pizza ($10.25 for 12" with toppings from $1–$1.50 each) with the maniacal flair of one of the supervillains that adorn the pizzeria's comic book–lined walls.