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Antico Pizza

Margherita pizza at Antico Pizza

Antico Pizza opened near Georgia Tech in Atlanta a few years ago.  Since then, my Facebook wall has frequently contained postings like: "Best. Pizza. Ever."; "I can die happy now."; "OMG, went to Antico today."  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's food critic proclaimed it the best pizza in the city so, when we reached Atlanta, Antico was our first dining stop.

Tossing pizza at Antico Pizza tossed Antico
Antico pizza tossed Pizza tossed at Antico Pizza

Dough tossed, Antico Pizza

They import San Marzano tomatoes from Italy for the sauce, use bufala mozzarella from Campania, and their ovens are built from refractory Sorrento stone.  The dough is made each day and, when they run out of dough, they close down for the night.  A friend said he came by at 8:00 on a Saturday night and the restaurant was closed because they had no more dough.  We got there at 5:30 to eat and it was already packed.

Antico pizza

Antico pizza

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Our verdict: Really good pizzas, verging on greatness.  The crusts were thick yet light, crispy, and pulled apart like the best french bread.  The creamy, full-flavored mozzarella highlighted the simple toppings of basil and meats.  However, the sauce was bland and needed a healthy dose of garlic, oregano, or other herbs.  All in all, though a very good option, we were more impressed by Varasano's, Atlanta's other new pizza establishment built by the creator of the Internet's #1 pizza recipe.

If you're heading there, keep in mind that table space is limited so you will need to get there early or wait in line.  Tables are communal seating in the same kitchen area where the pizzas are baked, a la Grimaldi's in Brooklyn (our favorite pizza of all time), so you can watch the pizza dough being tossed and cooked in the oven.  Unfortunately, they need to do a better job managing table space because it is a bit of a free-for-all, as people try to grab the nearest seats to them.  It's a fun atmosphere, though, and one that we enjoyed.

* Each week, we will post one of our favorite photos for that week.  By the way, have you entered to win an American Portraits photography book?

02/04/2011 15:40
Oh my gosh, I am SO hungry after seeing these photos--I'm not even kidding! I might need to locate a pizza for dinner...!
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02/05/2011 09:30
Pizza is like a drug - whenever I see a picture of it, I have to have some. It's especially bad when people post pictures at Grimaldi's.
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02/04/2011 19:02
Akila, why are you doing this to me? I miss pizza! No amount of average bland pizza at backpacker cafes will fulfill my craving. I need the real deal and you're not helping!
02/05/2011 09:29
Hostel pizza is the absolute worst in SE Asia! Ah well, very soon you'll be in New Zealand, right, and they make good pizza there. (Though not as good as the Americans and Italians, in my opinion.)
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02/04/2011 20:25
Awesome shots of the dough flying! Looks like it is about to hit the ceiling!
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02/05/2011 09:23
I looked at the pictures afterward to make sure that it hadn't hit the ceiling and it didn't. They were very controlled about their pizza tossing!
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02/05/2011 02:22
Fresh basil on pizza ALWAYS makes it 10 times better! Yum!!!
02/05/2011 09:21
Yes it does! I actually kind of think that fresh basil is an essential on any pizza but I know that some people don't always like it.
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02/07/2011 13:28
Wow, I love PIZZA! It is like my drug that I always love to have. Thanks for the great post!
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04/04/2011 08:43
I think that is by far the most delicious-looking pizza I have ever seen! Just reading this post made me hungry!
04/05/2011 09:13
Thanks so much Mohka!
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