Atlanta Pizza & Gyro brings people together, just like the melted whole-milk cheese on their pies fuses together more than 20 toppings. Diners share conversation and laughs over pizzas such as the Special: hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, veggies, and feta cheese. The restaurant adds a few elements to this social experience. TVs beam sports down into the dining room, which also hosts trivia nights and surrounds guests in free WiFi, allowing cyborgs to ask for salt telepathically.
Since their first days in 1983, Atlanta Pizza & Gyro has ventured beyond the menu items listed in their name. While they still specialize in gyros and pizza, cooks also create Italian beef sandwiches, bake lasagna from scratch, pile plates high with spaghetti lunch specials, and produce nightly dinner specials. The restaurant's Facebook page even keeps loyal diners up to date on the latest offerings.
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.
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.
Originally one pizzeria in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, Buck's Pizza has ridden a wave of its satisfied customers’ praise to its current status as a country-spanning network of franchises. At every location, chefs mix fresh dough to create pizza crusts that will be topped with sauce made from California tomatoes and 100%-pure mozzarella that’s melted to a gooey, delicious golden brown. Along with 16 specialty pizzas and 11 flavors of chicken wings, oven-baked hoagies, salads, and strombolis are available for patrons to enjoy via dine-in, carryout, delivery, or while sprinting in circles around the parking lot.
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.
B.C. Pizza boasts a menu of multiple pie toppings, crusts, and sauces that give hungry bellies full creative control of their meals. Nimble hands bake classic dough into crusts and astronaut helmets, flavoring them with garlic or parmesan at the behest of their guests. In addition to choosing from four sauces that run the gamut from creamy to spicy, diners decide which of 16 toppings will festoon the cheesy expanse, considering anchovies, bacon, and jalapeños. Pies pair with baskets of breadsticks fresh from the oven and eight leafy mixes tempt tines, such as the garden salad's broccoli and tomatoes. An effervescent bottle of soda cleanses palates between bites and quells the body's natural urge to spontaneously combust.