The secret’s been out for some time about the west side’s Antico Pizza. Nonetheless, it has taken a few months for Lindsey and me to get over there and see how Antico compares to other top players on Atlanta’s pizza scene, such as Varasano’s and Fritti.
Though Antico’s digs are pretty much in-line with the neighborhood (i.e., 1960s industrial building), once inside you can’t help but notice some authentic Italian touches, from the Aranciata available in the beverage cooler (though sadly, no small bottles of sparkling water) to the fill-to-order cannolis that reminded me of Madonia Bros, my favorite Arthur Avenue dessert stop. Heck, even Antico’s website has an Italian .it address.
After ordering, customers are directed to a large and unattractive back room that’s dominated by three huge ovens against the back wall (pictured). After a short wait for our pizza (we went with the Capricciosa, which was topped with prosciutto, mushroom, artichoke and buffalo mozzarella), we grabbed a couple chairs around a large, too-high metal food-prep table and went to work.
I’m happy to report that in Antico’s case, the hype, hysteria and heavy breathing surrounding their pizza is well deserved. The crust was nothing short of spectacular. Blackened on the bottom but perfectly chewy on the inside, it was as good as or—dare I say—better than some of my NYC favorites. The toppings were fresh and flavorful and neither doled out too heavily or too sparingly. Long story short: Antico is Atlanta’s best pizza, bar none.
Antico Pizza Napoletana
1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318