My Review of Antico Pizza in Atlanta
I think I first learned about Antico by following David O’Brien, who covers the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and regularly gives out advice for folks who are visiting the city to attend a game. When people ask him about places to eat before or after seeing the Braves, Antico Pizza always seems to be his top pick.
Along with O’Brien’s recommendation, I’ve talked to locals who swear by Antico’s pizza and the restaurant regularly finds itself on lists of the best pizza places in America, including this list from Eater of the 38 Essential Pizzerias Across America.
The South may not be known for great pizza, but everyone seems to agree that Antico Pizza isn’t an ordinary pizza place.
It’s located between the Georgia Tech campus and Atlantic Station on the west side of the city, which appears to be an area of Atlanta that’s really growing and developing. Though it’s not near a MARTA stop (which we always use when visiting the city), it’s not too difficult to reach if you get off at the Arts Center station, take the Atlantic Station shuttle (free), get off at Ikea, and then walk around Ikea to get over to the intersection with Hemphill Avenue.
The little spot on Hemphill Avenue is also becoming Atlanta’s own version of a Little Italy. Between the pizza, gelato and coffee shop, and Italian restaurant, all the right ingredients are coming together.
The atmosphere at Antico is extremely laid back and casual. You order at the counter at the front and can either grab a table in the front area or head to the back where all the magic happens.
You grab a seat at one of the long picnic tables and watch the entire amazing process. You can also feel the heat from the incredible ovens, which the restaurant had shipped over from Italy.
We ordered the San Gennaro pizza, which is a pie topped with sausage, sweet red peppers, buffalo mozzarella and Cipolline onions.
The presentation was beautiful. The colors and crust on the pizza looked amazing and they don’t try to fit it on a traditional pizza sheet. Instead, it’s served on a large tray, which offers plenty of room to also serve as your plates.
The crust was fantastic. It had an amazing char from the wood-burning oven, but it wasn’t burnt or over-cooked. Every one of the ingredients tasted incredibly fresh, particularly the sweet red peppers, which had an wonderful blend of sweet and spicy elements. The melted mozzarella was rich and creamy, and the sausage provided texture and a great hearty flavor.
Pure pizza perfection.
After a long weekend of traveling, this was the highlight of the trip for me. I was worried that Antico Pizza wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype because my expectations were so high. It absolutely lived up to the hype.
Now, I can’t stop thinking about when I’ll get to visit again.
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