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New pizzeria coming to Decatur

Credit: Holly Florio

Credit: Holly Florio

Fans of Neapolitan pizza will soon have another in town destination for authentic style pies in Decatur. Sapori di Napoli, a joint venture of two brothers from Naples, will open in the coming weeks at 314 Church St. near the Decatur square.

Daniele and Ambrogio Florio are the team behind the new operation, whose sign many Decatur regulars may now recognize. Daniele, who has worked as a chef in Italy, London, and New York City, came to the states 8 years ago, and his brother Ambrogio, a trained pizzaiolo, recently moved to Georgia from Italy to start the new restaurant.

Pizza-nerds will be interested to know that the brothers will fire up their pies in a recently acquired 5,000 lbs ACUNTO wood-burning brick oven. That name may sound familiar to those of us in Atlanta, as Antico currently sports three ACUNTO ovens in their kitchen.

Though they hoped for Sapori di Napoli to open right about now, some permit delays have pushed things back, but the team hopes to be slinging pies within a few weeks.

I’m definitely interested to see how Sapori di Napoli will stack up against the likes of Antico, Fritti, and newcomer Double Zero Napoletana. Regardless, it is always good news that we have another behemoth wood-burning pizza oven in town.

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

18 comments Add your comment

Typical Redneck

June 22nd, 2011
3:24 pm

That’s good to know.

Grasshopper

June 22nd, 2011
4:32 pm

Their crusts better be perfect or all of the pizza nags on this blog will rip them a new one.

Ben D.

June 22nd, 2011
4:37 pm

Double Zero needs to up their game, bland and tasteless with a cracker crust, they need to hire a real pizzaiolo not a couple of cheap labor line cooks. Hope this new comer does it the right even for this town.

Billy

June 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Sounds good. Anyone know how expensive it is?

Janet

June 22nd, 2011
6:12 pm

Double Zero’s Pizza grade? Yep. 0.0

It sucks. Go to Antico.

Aldo Cella

June 22nd, 2011
6:16 pm

Atlanta needs a coal burning pizza place like where it all began – in New York !

Don Vito Corleone

June 22nd, 2011
6:23 pm

No self-respecting Italian or Sicilian would put pineapple on their pizza, or stuff the crust with cheese or God only knows what.

Don’t insult my intelligence or denigrate the immigrant bakers that came to this country without a cent to their name, and ended up feeding a nation.

Enzo the baker would roll over in his grave if he knew what pizza has become.

The Donger

June 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm

PIZZA PIZZA!!

J

June 22nd, 2011
7:50 pm

Janet, totally agree on Double Zero, it was massively disappointing. They spent so much on those ovens yet still can’t do it like Antico, not even close.

David

June 22nd, 2011
8:21 pm

Camelis nothing beats Camelis

JesusFreak

June 22nd, 2011
8:54 pm

I agree with The Don – the whole pineapple thing is an abomination. A pie doesn’t need all kinds of fancy-schmancy toppings when it’s the real deal. Oh well, we are in Dixie, after all and nowhere near the City so we just make do with what we can. Tommy’s actually has decent pies, just like your typical corner pizza joint. A cup from the Lemon Ice King would finish it off nicely – one can always dream.

Niklas

June 23rd, 2011
8:00 am

While it certainly doesn’t absolve them of what some of the above commenters deemed subpar pies, I don’t think Double Zero is positioning themselves as a major pizza player like Antico, Fritti, Varasano’s, and, now, Sapori di Napoli. In that sense, the restaurant name is a bit misleading as it suggests a pizza mecca of sorts. They seem to be focusing on a much more expansive and diverse menu. (I’ve sampled many items, and they have all been very good.) Considering they have only been open a couple of months, my guess is that they are still fine-tuning the pies.

christopher

June 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

Janet, fully agree on Double Nil , it was stupendously displeasing.

They spent so much on those ovens yet still cannot do it like Antico, not even close.

Billie

June 24th, 2011
7:54 am

Little-known fact: THE BEST pizza in metro Atlanta, only three months old and tucked away on the ground floor of the Darlington apts, is Gino’s. Hole in the wall with A+ crust, a no-frills NY pie shop — don’t go there and ruin it for us cognoscenti, though!

All I'm Saying Is....

June 24th, 2011
8:48 am

“…don’t go there and ruin it for us cognoscenti, though!”

Really? Is this what you mean? Seriously? Then why the heck did you make a post about it? Nitwit move.

Alice

June 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Nothing’s better than Rosa’s Pizza in Fairlie-Poplar.

kevin

June 24th, 2011
9:14 am

This place looks promising!

Antico is the best pizza in this city. You folks touting the likes of Camelis and Rosa’s must have not tried Antico. Camelis and Rosa’s are fine for a slice, but it’s not comparable to Antico.

Aldo Cella,

It all started in Naples, not NYC.

Pizza lover

June 26th, 2011
10:11 am

I love Artuzzis in Alpharetta. A nice nice pizza for a great price. The 8″ is good for 2 and the 14″ for 4.

just my opinion. This is a lunch crowd place, so don’t let the dinner numbers of people scare ya. It is great.

They also have other great italian meals that are good too.