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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

Pizza isn't a type of Pie

August 24th, 2010
3:28 pm

@ hands down. -> I think you meant to say. “Sorry, but NY pizza is good stuff. I don’t understand why people get mad about it. Oh, right, because southerners are stupid and lack culture.”

At least we’ve got education on our side. You must have gone to a NYC school to write like that.

Liz

August 24th, 2010
3:28 pm

Hands down: Shorty’s in Tucker or on N. Druid Hills Rd. Best Pizza, Best staff!

Karen

August 24th, 2010
3:28 pm

Nancy’s Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza in Buckhead!

will

August 24th, 2010
3:29 pm

Dynamic Dish

LTP

August 24th, 2010
3:29 pm

Pie In The Sky – Kennesaw
To die for!!!

Casa Mia Ruled

August 24th, 2010
3:30 pm

Casa Mia- and the philly cheeseteaks there were the bomb as well. I’ll put in $100 to make them open again!

Eric

August 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

My house on the Big Green Egg

Southgate

August 24th, 2010
3:35 pm

Oz or Rosa’s downtown. Cannot go wrong with either!

Tom

August 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

Mama’s is the Best in the entire Atl area. Located in Alpharetta, and in business for over 30 years, they never an off day. Jimmy and Pete are tops. If you love NY pizza, not the NY style, eat the real thing!!!

fan

August 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

Big Pie In the Sky Pizzeria

martin

August 24th, 2010
3:40 pm

Sal’s 7 hills

Wow

August 24th, 2010
3:40 pm

Pies on Pizza in Fayetteville. Best around!

Richard Warren

August 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

Mama’s Pizza – has been for years.

reservoirDAWG

August 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

Ilene, That is false about Paizano’s. It was true when it originally opened, but now it has a new owner and he doesn’t import water. There pizza is good, though.

PizzaKnotOk

August 24th, 2010
3:44 pm

Hey Rudolph. You have obviously have never tried Pizza K. Talk about a number 2! You’ll be building sand castles in the toilet!

schmeckdawg

August 24th, 2010
3:44 pm

Nobody said Franco’s……….(THE ORIGINAL!)

Ganners

August 24th, 2010
3:44 pm

Fritti

Marietta Pizza Company

Pizza isn't a type of Pie

August 24th, 2010
3:47 pm

@ PizzaKnotOk -> You’re right. Their pizza may be cheap, but you pay for it later. Usually in less than an hour.

Nancy Tate

August 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

Mama’s Pizza in Alpharetta has the most fantastic pizza around. It’s just like NY pizza. And we know how great NY pizza is!!!!! Jimmy and Pete are the greatest around. Feels like you are in their home. LOVE THEM :)

Kim Steward

August 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

MAMA’S Pizza in Alpharetta on Old Milton Parkway! Are you serious about this question?!! This pizza is by far THE BEST!!!!!

dimples

August 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

Blue Moon Pizza –Smyrna,Ga!!

Debbie

August 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

Zucca’s in Smyrna. Sauce & crust are perfect, add what ever else you want!

Robert

August 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

I agree. My wife and I have been going to Mama’s Pizza for years, ever since they were in Rosell. Great New York Style pizza. It’s a Friday night tradition.

MidtownGirl

August 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

Antico, Baraonda, Fritti, Piola = all amazing pizza!

Britt

August 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

Sal’s the Square in Cumming

LoveMeSumMama's

August 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

Mama’s Pizza in Alpharetta is sooo good! Jimmy and Pete are great and the atmosphere is awesome! They also have fantastic greek salads!!!

Cindy Brand

August 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

Robert, we love Mama’s Pizza also. Jimmy and Pete make the best pizza in the south ever since we moved from Connecticut. Go Mama’s!!!

Muffie

August 24th, 2010
3:51 pm

MAMA’S PIZZA ON OLD MILTON PARKWAY IN ALPHARETTA IS THE BOMB!!!!!

Pizza Lover

August 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

This place is off the beaten path a little. But you have to try Westside Pizza. They have the best sauce and thin crust in town! I have taken several of my friends from NY that live here now, and they are always complaining about how they cant find good pizza here. Everyone to a tee, really loved the pie. Check it out!

2341 Marietta Boulevard Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318-1326
(404) 355-3636

Cheese Lover

August 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

I have to agree that Mama’s in Alpharetta is the best pizza I have ever had!

Stacy

August 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

OZ is amazing. Fairburn local ir rebuilding.
Partners II in P.T.C.Y. is pretty damn good as well.

D Nelson

August 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

Publix frozen pizza.

Lauren Tyler

August 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

Mama’s Pizza (Alpharetta). Me too. Very good. Yummy goodness.

Annie

August 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Partners II in Peachtree City – Love the pepperoni & fresh garlic, the Partners Special, and nothing can beat the baked potato pizza on a cold day!

Bill Stout

August 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Mama’s Pizza across from Quik Trip in Alpharetta.

hands down

August 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Pizza isn’t a type of Pie …you corrected someones internet blog comment with a freaking sentence fragment. I’m guessing you have a short, gray, ‘old lady’ style haircut and a fierce look of disdain on your face at every suggestion that Atlanta isn’t number one?

Mister Atlanta

August 24th, 2010
3:57 pm

if you answered anything but Antico, go try it and then come back and comment again.

Aubrey Sears

August 24th, 2010
3:58 pm

Haven’t heard of some of these other places but I would have to say the best pizza is Mama’s Pizza.

Marisa Fisher

August 24th, 2010
4:01 pm

My friend introduced me to Mama’s Pizza in Alpharetta and my husband and I love their white pizza. My parent’s like the scicilian.

alan

August 24th, 2010
4:01 pm

Hands down Big Pie in the Sky in Kennesaw. Vincents in Marietta on Barrett Pky is good also.

Mike

August 24th, 2010
4:02 pm

there is no such thing as good pizza in Atlanta!

Michelle

August 24th, 2010
4:02 pm

Mister Atlanta I wasn’t crazy about Antico’s pizza. It’s good but not as good as Mama’s Pizza in North Alpharetta. Try it, you’ll be hooked.

Mary

August 24th, 2010
4:03 pm

Vingenzo’s in Woodstock. They’ve put our little town on the map!

ANT

August 24th, 2010
4:04 pm

MAMA’S PIZZA IN ALPHARETTA

bwc

August 24th, 2010
4:05 pm

Bella’s in Smyrna for me, too

summerinthecity

August 24th, 2010
4:05 pm

sorry, folks from New York. New York style pizza is not good-too soggy and floppy. I have been there 30 times over the last 10 years. Yeah, great, you may hit on some good pizza in 1 out of 10 places.

Grant Central used to be great-now soggy, like new york style
Camellis on Ponce(in Kroger shopping center) is great-huge slices.
Jaggers (”atlanta” style) is great to me. Some people say too greasy. But they use three diffrent cheeses-maybe that is why. Great chewy(not bready chewy) crust. Try popping a piece of leftovers in the toaster the next day-it will be even better the next day.

I like blue moon, Baraonda, Verasano’s was good, fellinis and Neighbors in VA actually had some good pizza-nice and crispy.

Now to try that new place(sorry dont remember the name) on tuesdays at the new midtown farmers market on ponce-a traveling brick oven pizza place that is supposed to be awesome.

Liz

August 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

St. Angelos and Blue Moon both in the Smyrna/Vinings area tie it up. St. Angelos has the best BBQ Chicken and Blue Moon has the best everything else!

JesusFreak

August 24th, 2010
4:07 pm

In no particular order,
Taste of New York, Marietta
Bella’s in Smyrna
Zucca in Smyrna
Rosa’s, downtown ATL
Oz is very good but not authetic enough for me
Johnny’s is good in a pinch, surprisingly.
The above helped ease my transition to Dixie since I was missing some of my typical foods.
Not to put down the others, but I compare the above to the real deal, NYC pizza. After eating pizza for over 30 years in my native NYC, I consider myself somewhat of a pizza snob when it comes to many of these alleged “NY style pizzas.” The above get my stamp of approval! Alas, authentic garlic knots are more elusive…. Off topic, but Rita’s lemon ice is pretty close to a good Italian ice, which hits the spot after a good pie. While I’m off topic, a good tip for my fellow expats, hit 400N for BB’s Bagels, the real thing and another good dose of homesickness remedy! Some of the goodies of NYC without the killer rents and taxes. ;-)

Jimmy Vavaroutsos

August 24th, 2010
4:08 pm

The best PIZZA in Atlanta by far is MAMA’S PIZZA in Alpharetta. They have been established in Roswell and Alpharetta area for 31 years. Voted by customers in 2008 POINTS NORTH magazine as BEST. http://www.mamaspizza.biz

frank

August 24th, 2010
4:08 pm

Mama’s on Milton Parkway. NYC quality pizza plus the BEST sicillian outside the tristate area. The calzones are also top of the line.