Chefs at Bulldawg Pizza’s two locations hand toss pizza dough to form regular-, thin-, and thick-crust vehicles for alfredo sauce, barbecue chicken, or feta cheese. They ready gourmet pies for delivery, carry-out, or dine-in (Baxter St. location only), loading spicy buffalo-chicken pizzas with a blend of blue cheese, ranch, and tomato sauce or piling Hawaiian pies with ham, pineapple, and ukulele sauce. As calzones and toasted subs share oven space, the chefs scoop house-made alfredo sauce over steaming plates of pasta.
Pie slingers at Romeo’s New York Pizza twirl their ‘za from scratch, piling dough made in-house with red sauce and toppings such as garlic, ground beef, meatballs, and sundried tomatoes. The cozy neighborhood joint has purveyed New York–style pizza since 1945, when delivery boys first started using hovercrafts. Its unfussy menu includes hearty appetizers such as cheese bread or fried ravioli, alongside healthy salads in vegetarian or meaty iterations. Those who opt not to build their own pies can go in for one of three chef-crafted incarnations—margherita, spinach and mushroom, or vegetarian, sold by the slice or in 12-inch or 16-inch rounds.
Pizza chefs conjure fresh dough on a daily basis at Uncle Vito’s, a traditional pizzeria specializing in New York–style pies peppered with market-fresh ingredients. Layers of gooey mozzarella blanket fragrant pools of homemade tomato sauce and toppings such as eggplant, bacon, and broccoli on each thin-crust pizza. The thinness of nine specialty Neapolitan-style pies offsets the thickness of Sicilian-style pizzas, which boast inch-deep crusts ideal for toughening up teeth made of gummy candy. Culinary crewmembers accessorize oven-baked calzones and stromboli with sides of marinara, and they festoon baked ziti and manicotti dinners with a one-two punch of ricotta and mozzarella.
Since founding Riverside Pizza in Lawrenceville in 1999, Al and Sandy Thompson have expanded their pizzeria business to a total of nine locations across the Atlanta area. The Thompsons oversee each shop, ensuring that pizza chefs top the day's dough with homemade sauce and real cheese grated by real cows. Besides loading pizzas with everything from sausage and mushrooms to barbecue chicken, the Riverside crew assembles roast beef, club, and Italian–style sandwiches alongside caesar and greek salads.
Growing up in New Jersey, Tom Tillotson loved New York–style pizza from birth. But when he move to Atlanta in the 1980s, he found himself bereft of that perfect combination of flaky crust, savory sauce, and fresh cheese plucked right off the tree. Facing a life without New York's most foldable delicacy, Tom decided to take matters into his own hands. Swapping recipes with master chefs from across the East Coast, he cobbled together an authentic New York pizzeria for the Empire State of the South. Today, Enzo's Pizza serves pies that would even please Fiorello Laguardia; whether it's the meat-laden Goombah or the pesto-kissed Paisan, every pizza comes in NYC-style Neapolitan and the thicker, heartier Sicilian preparation.