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Mama's Pizza in Alpharetta has a large and loyal group of followers who turned out in force to support their beloved pizzeria, many of them getting the word about the vote from the restaurant's website and Facebook page.

Mama's Pizza in Alpharetta, established in 1979, has a large and loyal group of followers who turned out in force to support their beloved pizzeria. Many of Mama's fans got the word about the vote from the restaurant's website and Facebook page.

YOUR PICKS

1. Mama’s Pizza
You say, “Having traveled extensively throughout the U.S., I have sampled many of the best pizza joints available. As a charter member of one of the best informational sites available, pizzatherapy.com, I can state unequivocally that nothing in Atlanta compares to the likes of Pepe’s or Sally’s or Modern in New Haven, several in New York or a few others from D.C. to L.A.
I’ve eaten at several of those nominated herein, but my favorite continues to be Mama’s in Alpharetta. I’ve patronized Jimmy’s place for more than 20 years and have never once been disappointed. No frou-frou, just simple, plain adherence to the basics – great crust, sauce and cheese. And very generous toppings.
It’s somewhat remote for in-town Atlantans, but do yourselves a favor and give it a try if you’re seeking no-nonsense N.Y. style pizza served by a smiling, attentive staff. I’ve patronized this place for more than 20 years and followed their various incarnations in Roswell, Canton and Alpharetta. I’ve entertained my family, staff, relatives and friends many times and never once been disappointed.”

2. Zucca Bar & Pizzeria
3. Antico Pizza Napoletana
4. Mellow Mushroom
5. Fellini’s
6. Fritti
7. Everybody’s Pizza
8. Blue Moon Pizza
9. Rosa’s Pizza
10. Nancy’s Pizza

The Nucci at Varasano's is a garlic, olives and Emmenthaler pizza finished with arugula, capocollo and herbs. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The Nucci at Varasano's is a garlic, olives and Emmenthaler pizza finished with arugula, capocollo and herbs. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1. Varasano’s Pizzeria
Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “Jeff Varasano is a mad scientist of pizza. So what if he doesn’t use traditional Italian ingredients or wood-burning ovens? The proof is in the great crusts and refined flavors of his pies. One taste of a thin, puffed-up, yet perfectly crispy pizza topped with an unlikely but wonderful combo of sweet caramelized onions and sharp Emmenthaler cheese says it all.”

2. Fritti
3. Vingenzo’s
4. Hearth Pizza Tavern
5. Antico Pizza Napoletana

1,094 comments Add your comment

Lauren

August 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

Blue Moon (both locations) or St. Angelo’s (Smyrna) have become our pizza staples.

jill

August 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

Fortunato’s in Smyrna…sooooo good!

PK

August 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

Oops, I mean Jagger’s Pizza!

NY Pizza is gross

August 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

JLY – You haven’t seen Hearth mentioned that much because we have been spammed by all the NY pizza lovers. It’s kinda like going to a car website and seeing all the rave reviews of Honda Accords when you are in the market for a Mercedes.

breamking

August 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

Labella’s near sprayberry high in east cobb is best ny pizza around. Just stop and try once and you will be hooked.

NY Pizza is gross

August 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

Believe it or not, I used to WORK at Jagger’s in the early 90s as a college student… Haven’t been there in over 10 years…

T.C. Suwanee

August 24th, 2010
3:05 pm

Verra-Zano in Duluth (141 near McGinnis)…for those of you in other parts of the city, its worth the drive. In all my years in ATL, I have had nothing like it….

Gina

August 24th, 2010
3:05 pm

Mama’s Pizza in Alpharetta! As close to NY as I have been able to find since we moved here!

HANNAH

August 24th, 2010
3:05 pm

LITTLE ITALY IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCEVILLE, ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!

Jimmyd

August 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

Dang, ya’ll keep ignorin’ my boys at Lil Caesars…five bucks for a pie, and they got a drive through! What more could you want?

Or maybe Subway. Don’t forget, they got pies too!

Hey NY Pizza

August 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

You should return..it’s as good as when Bill had the old place

Rupricht

August 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

Christo’s Pizza off of Delk Road is excellent.

Lou Malnati's

August 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

is by far the best pizza and it is only in Chicago. If you ever have a chance you can order it frozen and delivered but it’s best served at the restaurant. Better than all the deep dish pizzas including Uno’s where Lou Malnati was actually the bartender originally.

Laura

August 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

For a full service restaurant with great pizza I give it to Varasano’s. Antico has great pizza but isn’t really a restaurant.

Julie

August 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

Bassano’ in Loganville

Patty

August 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

Looking for a great pizza…Come to Big Al’s in Helen and Cleveland….

Pizza Pie

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Something Different – Piola (try the Rio)
Chicago Style – Nancys
Bar Pie – Rocky Mountain Pizza
NY Style – Rosas (Downtown)
Classic Style – Antico
Cracker Crust Flatbread – Via

Steve

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Pepperoni’s in Duluth GA!
We drive 42 miles just to get it! YUM!

Ernie

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Cappozzi’s in Decatur on N Decatur Rd. Yum!!

Angela

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

After having lived in Naples Italy, Baronda hands down!! Others not even close.

Mom

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

Shorty’s is nice. I also like Mo’s on Briarcliff.

I know this is for pizza in Atlanta, but I have to mention Theo’s Pizza on the beach road in Destin. My absolute favorite all time pizza! It’s a cool funky joint with great entertainment, too. Don’t let the bikers out front scare you. It’s family friendly!

Ann

August 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

Pasta Vino in Buckhead, of course!

Troy McCoy

August 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

Troy’s in Carrollton is the best ever!!!

JR

August 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

Antico, by a mile.

No Brainer

August 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

DaVinci’s in Smyrna

jokurone

August 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

Ray’s New York Pizza on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, terrific

Amy K

August 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

Mama’s Pizza in Alpharetta is hands down THE BEST!!!!!

Tilli

August 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

Westside Pizzeria on Marrietta Blvd.

IwasaKennedy

August 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

Jagger’s. No question.

Pizza critic

August 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

St. Angelo’s has crust like cardboard.

Joan

August 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

Jet’s Pizza is the best I’ve ever had!

Mike Ditka

August 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

For Chicago style pies it’s Nancy’s Midtown or Buckhead.

Ilene

August 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

Actually, it’s Paisano’s in old town Norcross. I hear told that it’s made with real NY water! That’s the pizza difference – it’s the water. So to get real NY pizza, you need real NY water!

jrp

August 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

@Kelly and Dante’s Pizza..OMFG..Best pizza ever and the nicest people that owned it..Loved that place..

Azio’s is the best and as others have mentioned Stevie B’s for the family..

Rock Conner

August 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

Galla’s Pizza in Chamblee & East Cobb. Honorable mention to Mellow Mushroom.

hands down

August 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

an Atlanta institution, best kept secret in the entire state, been going there since I was a kid. Papa John’s is the best pizza in atlanta

Charles

August 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

Baraonda!!–Pizza there is just like it is made in Italy. I feel like I am eating in the Piazza Navona.

Richard Bagge

August 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

Varasano’s
Fritti
LaBella’s
Everybody’s
Fellini’s

MHC Tiger

August 24th, 2010
3:20 pm

Rosa’s – Downtown ATL, 2 italian Brothers from Brooklyn, doesnt get any better than that.

Ollie May

August 24th, 2010
3:20 pm

J.D.’s Fish Camp.

Bill Jeffreys

August 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

It has been closed for 4 or 5 years- but Casa Mia in Acworth was the best Atlanta has ever seen. Where did you go? We want you back!!!!

Udon'tknowDitka

August 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

Jagger’s blows Nancy’s out of the water.

Mike

August 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

Scott

August 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

Antico is pizza heaven. 00 Blue flour, 800 degree wood fire ovens, this is Serious pizza.

Jeff

August 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

Edgewood Ave Pizzeria – best slice in all of Atlanta. They even have two sizes (king and queen) to satisfy any appetite!

bankingbaby

August 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

Pizza Cafe in Stone Mountain!

MadHUN

August 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

MAMA’S PIZZA in Alpharetta of course!

Michael Griffin

August 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

Yes I second the Casa Mia- nothing has ever come close. That guy still lives here in town-last I heard he was in some seafood place in Kennesaw. His pies were as good as anything NY ever had to offer-I say we as Atlantan’s get him to open up again somewhere!!! We need that pie. (best for now is probably antica).

Ryno

August 24th, 2010
3:27 pm

Antico and Vintage Pizza

DB

August 24th, 2010
3:27 pm

Savage L5P!!