Over the past year, I've been able to explore an incredible range of what Atlanta area pizza has to offer. I've enjoyed to the fullest the travelling, the writing, and, of course, the pizza itself. Now, though, the time has come for this blog to end and for me to make my final pronouncement on its central goal: finding the best pizza around Atlanta, Georgia.
The decision was not in any way an easy one. Brilliant combinations, distinctive flavors, and, yes, fantastic cheese-to-sauce ratios proliferate like rabbits, and many pizzas are so different from one another in the fundamental aesthetic they try to achieve that a comparison might seem inappropriate. Ultimately, though, my search led me to one clear winner: Vinny's New York Pizza.
Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, this outlet offers the perfect blend of a delicious but unobtrusive crust, a seamless combination of sauce and cheese, and a memorable taste. Each bite is a sensory experience the customer is not likely to forget, a true insight into unparallelled pizza greatness. Vinny's brings a power, subtlety, and care to its flavor unlike anything else available.
I've loved doing this. Thanks for reading, and thanks for all the pizza.
While visiting the District of Columbia, I ate three pizzas in the area: The Cheesecake Factory, Pi Pizzeria, and We the Pizza. The natural corollary was, of course, that I review them.
Despite its name, The Cheesecake Factory has largely earned its reputation by serving everything. Among its menu's many entries is a perfectly serviceable pizza. While a bit too cheesy and nothing particularly special, the Factory's pie does its job more than capably, leaving stomach and taste buds both adequately satisfied.
Pi Pizzeria serves a pie a step up from the Factory but still burdened by similar problems. The name is punny; unfortunately, it's also the most distinctive thing about this place, with the pizza itself being good but fairly forgettable fare.
Far from forgettable, though, is Arlington's We the Pizza. This restaurant with a vague political/revolutionary theme serves up pizza with a decided Mediterranean flair, richly flavored and unlike most other pies I've tasted anywhere. While its competitors make a good pie, We the Pizza goes a step beyond: it makes a good pie worth remembering.
On an excursion to Athens, Georgia, I encountered this pizza, recommended by several Athens denizens as the best pie in town. Despite its ungrammatical name, the place has apparently acquired quite the reputation; I took it upon myself to see if the reputation was deserved.
Ted's is good pizza. While a bit thin, it has an excellent flavor and a well-executed cheese coating. Unfortunately, its cheese-sauce balance favors the cheese just a bit too strongly, a problem made slightly too apparent by the pizza's lack of body. And while the taste is high-quality, it's not especially distinctive.
Although more than fine, the pie ultimately comes out rather underwhelming. In any other circumstances, I would rightly praise this pizza as a perfectly well-conceived and well-done offering. For "the best pizza in town," though, it simply doesn't quite make the cut.
On Florida's St. George Island, an extensive local mystique has arisen over the years surrounding the island's homegrown pizza establishment, BJ's. Among the most popular restaurants in the increasingly well-known seaside area, BJ's holds a reputation for greatness that carries throughout Franklin County and beyond. On a trip to the island, I took up the challenge of examining that reputation for this blog.
By and large, BJ's deserves the hype. With an admirable cheese-sauce balance and a distinctive flavor unlike anything else I've tasted, the pie instantly stands out from the proverbial crowd. Although the pizza is somewhat greasy, the sheer excellence of the rest so overshadows that flaw that it seems almost pointless to mention it.
With a pizza well worth its considerable local fame, BJ's should with any luck continue to serve both island denizens and tourists for years to come. As a well-known television advertisement for the restaurant put it, "BJ's is good."
This review takes my blog to Italian outfit Capo's, which offers a large and quite delicious-smelling pizza. The initial sights and smells appear promising; the taste, however, makes the pie.
In this case, Capo's has achieved a pizza worthy of commendation. The cheese has a distinctive, appealing flavor reminiscent of Pizza Shack; unlike Pizza Shack, though, Capo's backs the cheese up with enough high-quality sauce to prevent it from becoming cloying. While at times the transition between ingredients does not feel entirely smooth, the overall effect is miles above most other pizzas.
With its pizza, Capo's has produced a truly memorable product. This pie is one of the best I've had the pleasure of reviewing for this blog, and I would have few compunctions in recommending it to anyone.
Wal-Mart house brand Sam's Choice produces a staggering array of food. This includes frozen pizza of various shapes, sizes, and flavors; for this post, I've chosen to review their Italia Cheese Trio.
The pizza takes somewhat longer than the equivalent Publix product to cook. It is, however, larger and more substantial, which does to some extent compensate for the additional time. Perhaps most remarkable, it tastes like a truly good pizza. The pie's flavor closely resembles that of esteemed shopping-mall staple Sbarro, rich in flavor and Italian undertones; although the rather mediocre cheese unfortunately tends to rather overpower the sauce near the edges, the pizza still impresses considerably.
For any pizza, a taste such as this would be well worth a try. For a frozen pizza, it is nothing short of remarkable. While it won't substitute for a truly great restaurant pie, anyone needing a quick frozen pizza to heat up should look no further than the Sam's Choice Italia Cheese Trio.
Co-founded in 1982 by famed actor Paul Newman, this estimable food brand has branched out into frozen pizzas for retail. The company is well known for donating its profits to charity; whether the pizza is as good as the intentions, however, remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, it isn't. While not precisely bad, the pizza overwhelmingly feels like a pale imitation of Publix's superior product, and it lacks in distinctive flavor. Worse, it tends to become rather cloying over time, making it hard to recommend.
Newman's Own isn't bad for a frozen pizza. But compared to Publix, it simply doesn't quite make the grade.
For this review, I try, for the first time in some while, the well-known chain Domino's. The box proudly proclaims its contents as a "great pizza;" my goal herein will be to ascertain the truth of that assertion.
The pizza is in fact surprisingly pleasing. The crust in particular is excellent, with a unique flavor and an alluring hint of garlic butter. Granted, the cheese tends to overpower the rather weak sauce, and despite the box's paeans to the glories of Domino's cheese, that particular aspect is in fact rather underwhelming; overall, however, Domino's does a considerably better job of producing a memorable pie than one might expect.
Domino's is far from perfect. For a national delivery chain, however, it most certainly takes a credible, if not brilliant, place.
This Tennessee-founded chain is likely more recognizable to readers for its general Italian cuisine than for its pizza. Nonetheless, the latter is the main component of its title, and so I arrive at Gondolier for this, my first review of February 2018.
The taste, while not precisely bad, is decidedly underwhelming. The cheese drowns out the sauce to the point of the latter's being barely noticeable; were the cheese particularly exceptional, this might be acceptable, but in fact it possesses no especially memorable qualities. This combines with a slightly tough texture and a hint of unpleasant greasiness to make the pie, while again still to some extent enjoyable, one rather worth forgetting.
In a pinch, Gondolier will do as well as any other pizza, and it does have its virtues. However, next to some of the truly exceptional pizzas I've reviewed in the past, it's hard to justify a full-throated recommendation.
Pizza from Rosaria's, a Kennesaw outfit, smells delicious; this becomes evident the minute one puts it in the car. However, its looks appear rather underwhelming. It comes in a plain, unlabelled box, and the pizza itself has a rather homemade look to it. Appearances, however, can be deceiving.
In this case, they most definitely are. Rosaria's may not look like much, but it packs considerable punch. The taste resembles the excellent Pizza Shack but with a toning down of its more unusual elements and a better cheese-sauce balance; there is also a hint of the inimitable Vincent's. This pizza is deeply satisfying, and I found myself wanting more even some time after I had exceeded the limit my body would normally tolerate, simply because of the pizza's exceptional taste. Perhaps most exceptionally, Rosaria's pizza preserves perfectly when frozen; a customer could conceivably eat some for leftovers the next day without losing any of the flavor,
Despite its unassuming exterior, Rosaria's is an excellent pizza, one of the best I've reviewed for this blog. Its fine cheese-sauce balance and remarkable ability to keep its flavor when frozen take it from a good pie to a great one. Needless to say, this particular variation on the venerable Neapolitan flatbread comes strongly and unreservedly recommended.