Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Restaurant Review: Do at the View

Do (as in dough), a pizza restaurant in King Plow, has been around for a while, but until I went last week, I'd never heard of it. The setting is modern and high tech and the vibe is urban. Think ever-changing video projected on all of the walls, music you can control with an iPhone app, and iPads at the tables.

"Confessions" = restroom.  Mirrors are replaced by iPads
Do doesn't strike me like it's trying to compete in the Atlanta pizza wars. There is nary a bag of double zero flour or an Acunta oven in sight. Instead the focus is on creating that unique techy atmosphere and an approachable but still distinctive pizza menu. The one downside of letting guests control music is that the mix can be somewhat odd, and it ranged from Andrea Bocelli to Katy Perry while I was there.

Ordering from an iPad takes a little education. You have to pace your order yourself because it will come out in the order that you enter. Meaning putting in your app, main and dessert simultaneously is a no-no. Even after our server walked us through that, we still screwed it up, but fortunately she came out and made sure we didn't want a simultaneous bacchanal.

The menu app
There's a music theme at Do (do, re, mi, get it?) so each pizza is named after something musical. Pizzas are personal sized with a thick chewy crust and no discernible char. The Recital (Buffalo sauce, chicken breast, ranch dressing a blend of cheeses and topped with Bleu Cheese crumbles) and The Collaboration (A blend of spicy and sweet Italian sausages and cheeses, and we opted for the garlic cream sauce instead of pizza sauce) were both quite tasty. I particularly enjoyed the garlic sauce and thought it made for a fairly decadent pie with otherwise fairly traditional toppings.

Creamy Crab and Sausage flatbread
Although some of the flavor combinations are not something you would have found on pizza 20 years ago, there was something about these pizzas that reminded me of the old school pizzas of our youth rather than the uber-authentic Italian pies you get nowadays at locations like Antico. Pizza tends to be tasty in all of its incarnations, from microwave, to greasy dives, to haute cuisine, so I appreciate the availability of something different from most of the major players in town.

The Collaboration pizza
The Recital pizza
Desserts are reasonably small and commensurately low priced (nearly all are $6.50). We went with the Symphony, a red velvet cake marbled with fudge cake and topped with cream cheese icing. More chocolate is always a good thing in my book, and I thought the cake and the icing were both a perfect ending to the meal. Plus, it's small enough that when shared, I didn't feel like a glutton for finishing every last crumb.
Lychee grapefruit martini (front) and Spiked blueberry lemonade
Cocktails are plentiful and tend to be very sweet. The lychee grapefruit martini struck the right balance of a little sweet but enough tart to keep it from getting overpowering.

Do at the View
955 W. Marietta St. 
Atlanta, GA 30318 
(404) 541-9060

Do at the View on Urbanspoon

*Full disclosure: Although my meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!



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