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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

Buckhead Cli

August 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

HEARTH! and el cheapo is an idiot. and so are you other pizza hut folks. eat a real pie.

Vanessa

August 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

Savage Pizza – Little Five Points…Cajun pizza is excellent
Shorty’s in Tucker is next!!!

lee

August 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

There are no good pizza places in the Atlanta area. Most of them have either tasteless italian sausage or sauce or weak crusts that cannot hold the ingredients.

luv u CRLS

August 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

voted earlier for my boys down at village piz – keep yer heads up! y’all rock this town for sure. But realized no one has said anything bout lil old slice in castleberry hills. yeah i know it’s “old” now, but still – they have good ‘za. Love how all the “foodies” keep creaming their pants over antico… like napoli style pizza is the only pizza that exists. Wake up y’all. Antico may have the best napoli style pizza -but that doesn’t mean that we have to elevate napoli style to the single best style in the world. Love how impressionable y’all are.

ApizzaMyHeart

August 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Lee…you gotta try Jagger’s

CyndaP

August 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Fabiano’s in Newnan has the best slices, Nancy’s Pizza has the best deep dish.

me

August 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

Mine is… fresh off the grill!!!!

pumalicious

August 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

Paccino’s on Redan Rd. in Stone Mountain. The best NY style pizza (this from a NY’er).

BigBear

August 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

La Bella off Sandy Plains in East Cobb/Marietta!!

klaw

August 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

pizza is crust, sauce, and cheese. no toppings. fold in half longways and enjoy. sounds simple, but i’ve never tasted anything like what you can get on every other street corner in NYC. but fellini’s gourmet pizza’s are pretty dang good.

Drew

August 24th, 2010
1:57 pm

Depending on my mood, the choice is hands down:

Antico or Mellow Mushroom

Mr.M

August 24th, 2010
1:57 pm

Baronda and Antico

ryane

August 24th, 2010
1:58 pm

Whole Food’s on Briarcliff. Lorenzo is the absolute best!!!!!!!!!!!!

John WG

August 24th, 2010
1:58 pm

Thin Crust – Shorty’s in Tucker has innovative combinations of toppings and the wood oven gives everyone of them a smoky flavor. Hearty crust- Dagwood’s in Norcross continues to have the freshest toppings around and the crust is as good as it gets with just the right amount of salt for flavor.

Mahovolich

August 24th, 2010
1:58 pm

Pizza can’t taste good in Atlanta.

billl

August 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

Tombstone..hands down!

koko

August 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

Varasano’s. The crust. The pepperoni.

To Lee:

August 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

Biba’s Italian in Lawrenceville has the best italian sausage around! No one will call it tasteless.

JohnD

August 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

Nothing personal, but anyone that says Domino’s or Pizza Hut should be hunted down and made to try real pizza.

Mahovolich

August 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

shorty’s sucks …overpriced crap

red

August 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

Antico and Pizzeria Vesuvius

DP

August 24th, 2010
2:01 pm

RODNEY

August 24th, 2010
2:02 pm

BOCCE’S PIZZA , BUFFALO N.Y. BEST PIZZA ON THIS EARTH .. I PROMISE

Joe

August 24th, 2010
2:03 pm

I would have to say Fabiano’s Pizzaria in Douglasville is the best. I believe they have a couple other locations, but they have a GREAT pie! It is perfectly cooked on a consistent basis, and just has great flavor due to quality ingredients. They also have a good bar and good overall atmosphere.

Pizza Lover

August 24th, 2010
2:04 pm

Partners??? Seriously??? How about Stevi B’s or CiCi’s, then? geezz. I like Athens Pizza House in Decatur, Everybody’s, and Mellow Mushroom. Now THOSE are some good pizzas. I’ll have to try some of these other places folks have mentioned.

DP

August 24th, 2010
2:04 pm

Varasano’s, Fritti, Antico, Mama Niki’s, Fellini’s

Mike

August 24th, 2010
2:04 pm

It begins and ends with Antico! ‘Nuff Said!

DP

August 24th, 2010
2:06 pm

Oh yea and Baraonda!

LF

August 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

Antico – who else is there?

jabroni

August 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

dominos fo sho

Yobaby

August 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

NY Pizzeria on Chamblee Tucker Road (just inside the perimeter) is the best pizza and bargain in town (just like a slice from the East Village).

Joe

August 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

Mama Mia

August 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

di’giorno pizza it taste like delivered.

Southsider

August 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

Second vote for Rocky’s in Morrow! By the pie or by the slice!

Mama Mia

August 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

oh forgot Hands down.

BobbyH

August 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

Rosa’s on Broad

mar1jdh

August 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

- Hearth for causual upscale pizza
- Mama’s (alpharetta) for NY style
- Varasano’s for less traditional

Demian

August 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

I agree with a lot of these, but there has been an omission:

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria at 300 Marietta Street

The only coal oven pizzeria in Georgia.

http://maxsatl.com/

theseason

August 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Varasano’s. Nothing like the look and taste of the pie with pepperoni fresh out of the oven. Crisp and bubbly.

Stacey Mueller

August 24th, 2010
2:15 pm

Vingenzo’s in Canton. Simple. Amazing. So worth the drive.

andrew

August 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Still have not found great pizza in atlanta. I have been to most of the places already named here and nothing is close to New York pizza. until they start using NY tap water it never will.

Christopher

August 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Me

August 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Nancy’s Pizza

Surly T

August 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

I have to disagree (respectfully so) with the editors. There has not been a renaissance of pizza in Atlanta! I agree that Antico hits for par but I haven’t had a good slice of pie in the 5.5 years since I moved here. Good luck to all!

Surlytry

August 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

Jagger’s at sage hill emory

crackbaby

August 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

We (metro Atlanta) still lack pizza places that serves excellent SLICES. All the better places serve only whole pies and pizza just costs a lot around Atlanta (why is that?).

Rosa Mia (I think this is the old Mama’s), Johns Creek. Really good pies. Expensive.
Antico – Very good but over-rated by the gushing faddish crowd. Also expensive.
Blue Moon, Windy Hill – Only been once, a lunch, but the pies were good. Expensive.

Alessio’s (Old Alabama Rd – No. Fulton) – Terrible service, decent NY style pies. Order pies to go (uncut), then stick in the oven for a few minutes when you get home.

Mellow Mushroom (Alpharetta and Johns Creek) – Okay to good pies with whole wheat crust. Wish they were more consistent in quality. Pricey.

HLH

August 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

Antico, without a doubt. Truly authentic.

red dawg

August 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

cici’s is the best

erica

August 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Antico’s on Hemphill Avenue – http://www.anticopizza.it/

Dina

August 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

Andrew – I believe that Bella’s gets tap water from NY for their dough.