The murals painted on the walls of Mama Mia's of Stone Mountain Village almost transport guests to Italy: al fresco dining on cobblestone streets by the sea, gondolas passing through a canal, and a balloon vendor catching the eye of a child. The dishes that come out of the kitchen also send diners to another land, where italian sausage, ground beef, and pepperoni nestle inside lasagna and gooey mozzarella clings to chicken parmesan. Chefs also craft New York–style pizza, topping the pies with housemade sauce and ingredients such as artichoke hearts, salami, and enough cheese to fill Andre the Giant’s bathtub. The team has been cultivating a reputation for fine Italian fare since 1978.
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.
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.
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.