Antico Pizza Napoletana

    Given that this new West Midtown pizzeria has been absolutely bombarded with praise by the foodie/blogger crowd in Atlanta in the last few weeks, I will keep my synopsis brief. The few of you who have read my other reviews should know that brevity isn’t exactly my strong suit.

   The pizza is the obvious draw here, and the menu is essentially nothing but pies and calzones (no side salads here). But, while waiting for my pizza to come out of their 1000 degree oven I found myself irresistibly drawn to the dessert display.

The cannoli selection is fantastic

The cannoli selection is fantastic

   In true authentic Italian form, they have a wide variety of cannolis available. The unique toppings include everything from pine nuts to coconut and graham cracker. I couldn’t resist the graham cracker topping, nor could I even wait until I got through my pizza to break into it. As you can barely see from my iPhone picture above, they do not pipe in the filling until you order your pastry, to keep it from getting soggy. These were fantastic…one of the best I have had in a long time. Highly recommended.
   Because Antico was originally intended to be a take-out only place, and that the crust has a tendency to get soggy on the drive home, it was strongly recommended to me that I make a point to put down a couple of slices at the standing room only table.


    After getting my Diavaola pie (spicy sopressata, pepperonata, and buffala) I proceeded to dump about 15 of the red peppers, fresh garlic, and some parmigiano cheese on top and dig in. If you can’t handle a little heat, I wouldn’t recommend the peppers, but I like a little pain with my meals, so I loved it.

The Diavaola w/ some fixin's

The Diavaola w/ some fixin's

    As expected, the pizza was amazing. I don’t know that I can say that it is the best I have EVER had, but without a doubt it was in the top 3. The crust was a little thicker than Varasano’s and Fritti’s, but given that it had to survive the trip home without becoming a sloppy mess, I think it was just right. The char was great and the flavor was on point. As many others have pointed out, I found the toppings to be far-and-away superior to some of the other Atlanta pizza powerhouses. Though I have never been to Italy, and therefore never had “authentic Italian pizza” myself, my girlfriend has and her first reaction was “this taste more like real Italian pizza than anything I have had in Atlanta before.”

   After getting home, I took a que from Jimmy’s post at Eat It Atlanta, and threw it in the oven for 3 minutes at 400 degrees. I have to say, he was spot on. After the drive home and waiting 20 more minutes for my dining companion to get home, the crust quickly returned to its original crunchy goodness. I would say this re-heating move is a must for anyone that lives further than 5 minutes from Antico.

    All in all, I would highly recommend this, the hot-new-pizzeria-du-jour, to anyone that appreciates a good slice. Given that I work all of 10 minutes from here, I intend to go back as often as my wallet will allow.

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