There are plenty of places to get bad pizza, and even more to get mediocre pizza. But the places below give a real Italian experience. It’s not just about the food as a whole; atmosphere and dedication to the craft of pizza play a huge part. Real pizza is all about traditional methods, fresh ingredients and a huge slice of Italian passion. 

Fellini’s Pizza
2809 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 266-0082
www.fellinisatlanta.com

While not considered by true pizza aficionados as a ‘gourmet’ pizza restaurant, this place is certainly several steps above other commercial chain pizza restaurants. The toppings are fresh and plentiful, and the dough is just right on the thin crust. Fellini’s Pizza offers either eat in or take out, and has a call-ahead option for the latter, meaning no long waits. With a white and a vegetarian option, as well as calzones, there’s enough variety for everyone to find something they like. 

Antico Pizza
1093 Hemphill Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 724-2333
www.littleitalia.com

Described by one reviewer as ‘transcendent,’ Antico is a popular place in the city for some seriously good pizza. If you’re after a drink with your food, don’t forget to BYOB – or W for that matter! The pizza is outstanding, and served in a homey, relaxed atmosphere. Seating is unconventional but fun; it’s a case of grab a spot where you can on large, communal tables. And don’t forget dessert at the gelateria next door to round off your meal perfectly. 

Bambinelli’s
3202 Northlake Parkway N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30345
(770) 493-1311
www.bambinellispizza.com

Owned and operated by the same Italian family since 1980, Bambinelli’s is an authentic pizza experience. It has both a regular lunch and a lunch specials menu, with options for take out or dine in, and the dinner menu is comprehensive, with all of the options you’d expect from a true Italian restaurant. Devotees of Bambellini’s are loyal and cite the excellent food and atmosphere for their returning again and again. Bambellini’s also caters events, with a limited menu. 

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Fritti
309 N. Highland Ave N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 880-9559
www.urestaurants.com

Fritti boasts certified pizza, by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, no less. Prepared according to traditional artisanal recipe and methods, it is made with 00 Caputo flour and baked in an authentic imported Italian wood-burning pizza oven. Served whole at your table, Fritti is the real deal. Its pizza menu is second to none, and so extensive that the many return visits you are sure to have can see you trying a different pizza each time.

Varasano’s Pizzeria
2171 Peachtree Road N.E. 
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-8216
www.varasanos.com

Varasano’s comes with accolades from both the AJC and Jezebel Magazine as Best Pizza in Atlanta 2013. And after tasting its pizza sauce, it’s not hard to see why. The quality of its fresh ingredients shines through, and Varasano’s is justifiably proud of its old-time traditional dough recipe. For pizza on the fly, check out the new location at Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Atlanta. The Piano Bar and Pizzeria is in Terminal A. 

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