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With roots that trace back decades to its first location on the Syracuse University campus, it's not surprising that Johnny's Pizza chooses to continue perfecting their New York-style pies here in Georgia. The chefs' hand-tossed dough can be topped with the fresh ingredients of your choosing or made into one of 16 specialty pizzas, including the steak and cheese with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Pizza dough also doubles as the shell for calzones and stromboli, while 10.5-inch personal pizzas come in a gluten-free version. Oven-baked subs are layered with meatballs or Italian sausage and pasta dinners feature home-cooked classics such as lasagna and chicken parmigiana, but without the smoke-filled kitchen that comes with so many home-cooked meals.

5140 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy
Hiram,
GA
US

Visitors at any of The Olive Tree Restaurant’s three locations bask in the tantalizing aroma of garlic drifting from the kitchen, which bustles with a lineup of expert chefs. Seated at a cozy table, guests dig into an array of traditional Greek and Italian dishes, taking alternating bites of veal parmesan and grecian scallops. And their mouth-watering Maryland crab cakes come from a special family recipe that was perfected at their sister restaurant Olive Grove in Maryland. Hosting outdoor dining, the Villa Rica restaurant shelters patrons beneath an awning-protected patio, and the Hiram location houses them in a quaint brick terrace flanked by lattices and the tendrils of hanging plants, which often sneak bites of baked pasta over diners' shoulders. The Hiram location further entertains the senses with live music during dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. At all three locations, patrons can wash down savory bites with wine, draft beer, and specialty cocktails from the full bar, and can request takeout or catering for special events and weddings.

849 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs,
GA
US

Twisted Kitchen’s smorgasbord of fully customizable dishes offers something for everyone, from pasta lovers looking for the perfect combination of sauces and cheeses to finicky kids who only eat foods with nine letters. Amid the exposed brick walls and corrugated-metal accents of the dining room, guests can choose fresh ingredients to create their own pasta dishes, wraps, and salads, building meaty or all-veggie dishes with "twists" such as bacon, garlic butter, and sun-dried tomatoes. Diners who are rendered speechless by the sheer number of possibilities can order ingredient-predetermined items such as How the West was Twisted, with cavatappi, grilled steak, handmade pico de gallo, and cheese sauce.

125 Barret Pkwy, Ste 111
Marietta,
GA
US

Zucca was founded by a trio of forlorn New York natives who longed for a taste of a thin, crispy-crusted, Staten Island–style pie. The results are presented on a menu dense with Italian delights. Starters such as crispy fried risotto and mozzarella balls ($7) and fresh bruschetta ($6.25) make satisfying meal bases for the award-winning pizzas. Pies are offered in two sizes—personal portions ($8+) or 18" discs ($13+)—and come customizable with more than 25 toppings, including bacon ($2), eggplant ($2), and roasted red peppers ($3). Specialty pies such as the expo-winning victory pie ($19 for 18" pie), a Margherita pizza with parsley sausage, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan, will tame topping negotiations, while hand-held calzones ($7–$9) and the extensive selection of popular pasta dishes ($10–$15) and entrees ($13–$21) are sure to delight.

745 Chastain Rd NW
Kennesaw,
GA
US

Grand Slam Pizza's resident dough designers crown pies with 17 assorted toppings before baking them into bubbling, cheesy teething toys. Diners can thumb through the menu to test it for potential scratch-and-sniff capabilities and to select one of many specialty pizzas, such as the bacon cheeseburger, a delectable combination of crumbled hamburger, bacon, and mozzarella cheese (16", $14.99). Diners can also craft their own pies (16", $9.99) by mixing toppings ($1.25 each) as diverse as ham, black or green olives, sausage, and mushrooms. An order of 10 hot wings ($5.99) offers warmth to tongues cold from cleaning the freezer, and cinnamon stix with icing ($3.99) ensure that meals end as sweetly as a collision with an ice-cream truck.

3055 N Main St NW
Kennesaw,
GA
US

Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria

New York–Style Pizza | Specialty Slices | Featured on Man v. Food | Vegetarian Alternatives
Sample Menu
  • Pizza for carnivores: the West Coast Pesto topped with romano and cream cheese, pesto, and chicken
  • Pizza for herbivores: a white pie with roasted garlic and three cheeses
  • Side: seasoned breadsticks paired with marinara
When to Go: For dinner and a show, stop by at 3:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. on Monday–Thursday, when Big Pie typically schedules its Carnivore Challenge. During this 60-minute feat, one hungry duo attempts to eat an 11-pound, meat-laden pizza in exchange for a $250 cash prize. The challenge is as daunting as it sounds—not even the team from the Travel Channel series Man v. Food could conquer it.

Inside Tip: Make sure you show up with an especially hearty appetite. Even single slices are massive here, since they're cut from one of the pizzeria's 30-inch pies.

2090 Baker Rd NW
Kennesaw,
GA
US