Antico is such a layup as the best pizza in Atlanta, I almost feel guilty writing this, almost. They have the highest Zagat rating for any Pizzeria in the ENTIRE Country.
Hell they shipped 3 10,000 lb Hand Made Grande Forni Ovens from Naples!
The 900 degree oven heat is contained by ancient Santa Maria brick and Volcanic Rock from Mt. Vesuivius is underlaid beneath the cooking chamber. Get me a goat hauling a wagon of rocks and I'd feel like I was in the Godfather!
In those sixteen years, the best pizza I've probably had prior to Antico is Fritti. And Fritti is pretty damn good, though the quality has declined the last few times I've been there. Mellow Mushroom and Johnny's are passable. Blue Moon has the carmalized onions that are a great touch that nobody else here does. But nothing tops Antico.
Antico's crust is delicious and thin and the toppings are just about perfect. There is not a bad pizza on their entire menu. The Diavola is the only one I'll warn you about. It's spicy as all hell, but delicious. Admittedly, I'm sweating profusely by the end of the finishing the Diavola. Even if you don't like anchovies, their Marinara pizza is also very tasty.
So if you live in Atlanta, or are just visiting, put Antico on your "to do" list.
But there are some negatives that may turn people off as well. First, it's almost always packed and there can be very long lines. Second, the parking can really be difficult, Thu-Sat, they have cops outside helping though. And then for the more difficult of the human species, seating can be tough to get and sometimes you have to share (god forbid you have to meet somebody new) a table! Mother of Ramses! If you can get past those things, you will enjoy one of the best pizzas that you will ever have. Oh yea, the service isn't always the "friendliest" either.
Stay tuned for the Champion of the March Madness Sandwich Tournament. It's undeniably been the most fun I've had writing this blog. I've had all sorts of feedback that has made writing this blog extremely fun.
Also, I welcome guest bloggers. I should have my first coming in the next few weeks. This will be a very different perspective from mine. She's and OTP'er, whom feel way under represented in my blog, though I would argue Muss and Turners and Canton Cooks are OTP, though only by a couple of blocks each.
For those non Atlantan's OTP stands for "Outside the Perimeter" which is the highway that surrounds the city.