I followed the Atlanta food-nuts to Antico Pizza Napoletana this past weekend. I’ve read the reviews, blog posts, yelp page, and tweets from the fans of this new place. Hardly no marketing or advertising and the place is causing quite a stir; in fact, I would call it an uproar. And the uproar is well deserved because the pizza is good; INSANELY good.
We ordered the Margherita D.O.P. and the Marinara. The former was what you would consider the basic – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil. Excellente! The Marinara was my choice. Simple as can be with tomato sauce and white anchovies. The taste of the crust is flawless and is charred in just the right places (and I am not a bread/crust lover). I could not leave one bite leftover.
Ingredient quality could not get any better, and they are not hiding anything regarding their processes. While eating, I stood next to a women chopping garlic.
On the other side of the room, cans of San Marzano tomatoes lined the wall.
I peeked into the kitchen to catch a snapshot of the 3 ovens flown in from Naples, Italy.
The seating arrangement is quite unique in that there are no seats. There is, on the other hand, a large ‘standing room only’ table where communal eating takes place. And it is a joyous time, because the pizza puts a smile on everyone’s face. There is a condiment stand at the center of the table that contains olive oil, freshly chopped garlic, oregano, spicy red peppers, and grated Parmesan cheese.
I absolutely died for the spicy red peppers and fresh garlic (but I also smelled for a few days).
The only complaint I can muster up about Antico is that the volume level of the authentic Italian music makes it hard to carry on a conversation during dinner. And this is the sort of place you will want to talk to your dining partner about after each and every bite. So if they dropped the volume by a few notches, it would be pure perfection (as far as pizza is concerned).