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.
Blue Moon Pizza's menu of clever, tempting entrees, including its crispy, thin-crust pizza and creative salads, has propelled the restaurant to the top of the pizza food pyramid. Boggle your seas with a Mediterribbean jerk-chicken pizza ($10.79 for personal), topped with caramelized onions and cayenne-candied bacon, or try to tame the spicy flavors of the Luna ($19.49 for medium), with chorizo sausage, black olives, and jalapenos. Other signature items include Grandma's Pizza ($24.99), a 16" Sicilian-style pie topped with cheese, olive oil, plum tomatoes, sliced garlic, and fresh basil, and the cobb salad ($10.49) served on pizza dough with chicken, avocado, cayenne-candied bacon, crumbled blue cheese, onions, black olives, and roma tomatoes. If the creative entrees leave any gastric gaps, a warm chocolate-chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream ($4.99) should help achieve maximum satiation, or gargle your dessert with a cheesecake martini, concocted with Cruzan vanilla rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice (specialty martinis are $6 on Thursdays). Blue Moon also has a gluten-free menu. Lunchtime drop-ins can take advantage of Blue Moon's lunch special: two slices of cheese pizza and soda for $4.99.
Little Azio's imbues its casual-dining menu with generous pasta portions and brick-oven pizza topped with made-from-scratch sauce. Crunchy salads kick-start each meal with romaine lettuce and caesar dressing or tomato, olives, cucumbers, and mozzarella on a bed of greens. Dough disks silently hover below noses, beaming up the savory aromas of the margherita pizza's roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, or the meat lover’s array of sausage, ham, pepperoni, meatballs, and Protein Lovers Anonymous membership cards. Pasta options include turkey ragu, made with turkey sausage and tomato sauce, or the wild-mushroom marsala, a fusion of marsala-wine sauce and cage-free mushrooms. Thick, malty glugs of domestic brews such as Sam Adams and Bud Light or savory sips of house wine bathe palates in between saucy bites.
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.
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.
The Pizzeria Fortunato ovens cook up a menu of pizzas and Italian favorites made with fresh ingredients. The pan-fried provolone tranquilizes fried fromage fanatics with a sizzling skillet of pasteurized joy ($9.50). Larger parties can share an 18-inch Neopolitan-style cheese pizza and leave their distinctive mark on it with extra toppings of pepperoni, spinach, eggplant, and spray paint ($15.75). The restaurant's in-house pizza wizards have also concocted specialty flavor creations such as the Fortunato deluxe, topped with pepperoni, sweet italian sausage, roasted peppers, and vidalia onions (18"; $18); and the eggplant parmigiana pizza, which includes hand-breaded eggplant and ricotta cheese (18"; $22.25). Diners who have rented out their stomachs as storage space to neighbors can keep it light with a special 10-inch pizzette, such as the pesto chicken, topped with grilled chicken and homemade pesto ($12.75), or any full-size pizza shrunk down into solo sizes. The pizzas share menu real estate with foot-long grinders, strombolis, calzones, and pasta dishes.
Taverna Fiorentina's authentic cuisine speaks passable English to taste buds of American descent, although its accent is strong enough to convey extreme deliciousness no matter what it's saying. Begin a romantic dinner on the sidewalk patio with an antipasto board for two ($22) before cranking up the Italirator with a pasta dish, such as the orecchiette with Italian sausage and broccoli ($16). Vegetarians can satisfy their green tooth with unmeaty offerings, such as the ravioli gnudi, stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, and served with cherry tomatoes and parmigiano cheese ($16). Meanwhile, diners terrified of iron deficiency can sate their savory side with a slab of rib eye topped with caramelized onions and served aside fried polenta and broccoli ($24). Unlike stodgy desert-island chefs, Taverna Fiorentina's chef will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions, including gluten-free entree preparation, upon request.