The best pizzas, like the worst Elvis impersonators, are cheesy, saucy, and often live in cardboard boxes. Sink your teeth into a doughy classic with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, pasta, subs, and drinks at Bassano's Pizzeria in Loganville.
The deft dough-slingers at Bassano's Pizzeria hand-toss New York–style pizzas in addition to crafting authentic Italian entrees and stacking subs high with fresh meats and cheeses. Friendly, attentive servers greet each table, plopping down floppy menus and delivering appetizers such as garlic knots ($5/dozen) on demand. Choose from a dozen specialty pizzas assembled fresh each day and arriving piping hot in such variations as the Fredo’s Alfredo with jumbo shrimp ($18.95/large) and the eggplant- and artichoke-laden King’s Veggie ($20.95/large). Stuffed with cheese and fresh herbs, the ravioli’s pasta pillows ($8.95) lead guests toward sweet dreams and soft landings, should they fall face-first into their meal after reciting La Dolce Vita backward from memory. Meanwhile, pints of house-special Bassano’s Brew ($2) wash down the salami, ham, capicola, and provolone of the Italian Combo sub ($7.95).
With live music twice a week and a brain-busting trivia contest, the pizzeria tops visitors’ social calendars as well as their pies. An outdoor patio invites groups to dine alfresco, soaking up sunshine like a sponge on vacation.
Though Bassanos Pizzeria doesn't open until noon, its chefs bustle about the kitchen in the early morning, preparing fresh batches of dough from scratch. As the day wears on, the team hand-tosses the dough into thin, New York–style canvases ready to hold layers of gourmet meats, fine cheeses, and, according to Ann Marie Quill of Johns Creek Patch, veggies plucked from the Atlanta Farmers Market and sauces made from Italian tomatoes. Pots bubble with specialty pastas, and ovens glow with plump calzones and stromboli.
At the bar, servers dole out glasses of draft beer and wine beneath glimmering television sets. Cushy booths and tabletops speckle the dining room, where framed photographs of New York ballplayers look to steal home from the bright-red walls. Outside, umbrellas shade a fenced-in patio rife with tables and chairs. The pizzeria’s warm staff prides itself on southern-style service, creating a fun, communal atmosphere by hosting biweekly live music, overseeing trivia games, and politely allowing customers to beat them at thumb wrestling.