Ah pizza. Nothing satisfies a craving or stirs up more memories that biting into a piping hot slice of this traditional Neapolitan dish that has become as American as apple pie. With range of crust styles, from thin and crispy to Chicago deep dish, and the ability to top it with any and everything that you could dream of, it comes as no surprise that pizza is the only cuisine in the phone book with a section all its own. For those of us not keen on devouring an entire pie in one sitting, no matter how delicious, a slew of Atlanta pizzerias are serving it up by-the-slice. Next time that pizza craving hits, check out one of these five local haunts whose slices are legendary.
1 Fellini's Pizza Howell Mill
With several locations of this local institution to choose from, many of which stay open well past midnight, grabbing a slice before having a night on the town couldn’t be easier. While the Buckhead location has a fountain on their patio and the Ponce location is the perfect place to gear up for a night of bar hopping, Fellini’s at Howell Mill is the ideal spot to gather a group of friends for a week day nosh. While the pizza may be the star of their menu, the house salad at Fellini’s is a sleeper hit piled with just as many toppings as your New York style slice. If thin and crispy is not your ideal when it comes to crusts, Fellini’s also offers thick, Sicilian slices guaranteed to cure your hunger pangs.
2 Slice Castleberry
What’s in a name? For this somewhat-secret Castleberry Hill eatery, the answer is everything. Boasting a full bar and a decidedly urban sleek vibe, Slice is the place to go for a quick slice and salad lunch, or for a night or partying with friends, new and old, since Slice plays host to various events throughout the week featuring local DJs. With a bevy of toppings to choose from and specialty pies with names like “Shawty Shawty”, Slice is definitely worth a trip to Castelberry, even if the parking isn’t the best in town.
3 Cameli's Gourmet Pizza Joint
Hidden in a strip mall that shares a parking lot with the Kroger on Ponce de Leon, Cameli’ Gourmet Pizza Joint is easy to drive by as you zip around town. However once you make it a point to stop in and try one of Cameli’s dangerously huge monster slices, you won’t ever look at that parking lot the same way again. In addition to slices so huge you only need just one, Cameli’s serves up traditional Italian fare well into the wee hours with a full bar to ensure you get the perfect drink to wash down your slice.
4 Grant Central Pizza & Pasta
Cozily nestled on Cherokee Avenue in Grant Park, Grant Central Pizza serves up a friendly neighborhood atmosphere with every slice. Their thin, crispy, New York style pizza is the ultimate antidote to ordering a pie from one of the many mass marketed pizza franchises that dot the city landscape. With real, fresh ingredients and a delicious crust, Grant Central Pizza is the perfect place to enjoy a pizza free of pretension. After polishing off a slice or two, head over to Grant Park, which is a few blocks away, to beat the post meal urge to nap.
5 Piu Bello Pizzeria Restaurant
Located in the same strip mall as the Disco Kroger (What is it with great pizza and it’s proximity to Krogers?) on Piedmont Road, Piu Bello Pizzeria Restaurant dishes up some of the best pizza by-the-slice in Buckhead. With fast, friendly service and a menu featuring traditional pizzeria staples like pasta, sandwiches, salads and yummy garlic knots, Piu Bello is an ideal lunch destination for those of us looking to shake up the sandwich or fast food lunch break monotony.