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“Incredibly delicious & true-to-form Neapolitan pizza that comes out with requisite speed.”

Antico Pizza Napoletana
Ranked #54 of 4,098 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Our home city of Sarasota, (also home to many a meat-and-potatoes snowbird from the Midwest), is not exactly ripe for quality cuisine. So, in our weekend travels, we make it a point to explore higher-end fare whenever possible. This week’s theme featured a quest for the best pizza in Atlanta, and we struck Neopolitan gold on our first try when we tested out Antico on our way through Atlanta toward Blue Ridge.

An authentic and delightful trip to Naples in Atlanta’s midtown, Antico Pizza Napoletano has a limited menu in English and Italian, with prices in both Euros and dollars. Long lines abound as you order from a counter, then scope out your space at one of only a few large communal tables or simple barstool seats along the windows. While some may complain about its limited seating, this place seems to attract a cult-like following for a reason: In part because it’s just so damn good and in part because it’s pretty special to watch chefs race to prepare everything so quickly in one of three Naples-made, 10,000 pound Refractory Sorrento Stone ovens, designed to perfectly distribute the 900 degree heat required of great Neopolitan pizza.

True to form, Antico’s incredibly delicious pizza comes out with requisite speed, delivered in wax paper on large cookie sheets.

Antico is what it is. It’s not an Italian restaurant that serves pizza. They’re specialists who pride themselves on imports, while locally sourcing the freshest ingredients like basil, etc. The dough – the most important part – has flawless texture with a delightful airy crust. It is flavorful, moist, not soggy (see Fritti’s review), with each slice containing a delicious dollop of Mozzarella, surrounded by a robustly red and ridiculously delicious Marzano tomato sauce. We shared a mushroom and onion pie, and each bite was flavorful without being the least bit soggy or oily, even in the center.

It takes great attention to the details to get an A in Pizza from Martin, so to find Antico on our first quest for the best was rather remarkable. In hindsight, we wish we would have taken more pictures of the pie, but it was so delicious the slices disappeared faster than Bethany could power up her iPhone.

Follow up note: Beware should you choose to use the one and only restroom. It's rarely stocked, always dirty, and good luck not finding a line for it.

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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

All of the charm of a hip urban eatery complimented by the authentic taste of Italian style pizza. All of their ingredients have that straight-off-the-vine vibe of fresh while their menu is diverse and unique. While the family picnic style bench seating in the back can feel jarring at first, you soon realized that you're just eating with your Italian family - no need to try and impress anyone!

Thank ZachYok
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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best in Atlanta. My fav pizza place if I crave for some. Thin, crispy and flavorful dough with the right marinara sauce and cheese. All toppings are good too! And they can do pizza delivery now through ubereats! Mmmmmm!

Thank Cheng Q
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Reviewed April 21, 2016

If you want a great Pizzeria feel, you have to go. The brick ovens brought over from Italy, the cooks making the pizza in front of you. Loved it. Two more restaurants next door are part of the family as well.

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Thank Kevin B
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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

this is an excellent pizza place. simple, nimble and very very good. it's a informal place, you sit in big tables with others customers and you feel very comfortable eating.

if you like pizza, in the Italian way, don't miss it when in Atlanta.

Thank MauricioPortela
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