Antico Pizza | Atlanta's Slice of Napoli

by Melissa on June 21, 2011

I can’t believe this was the first time I’ve stepped into this wonderful place known as Antico Pizza. This pizzeria opened in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood in Fall 2009 right after we moved 40 minutes out to the suburbs (boo). Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic when my friend Patricia Tinsley invited me to one of her Tinsley Tasting events, this time at Antico Pizza.

Their famous woodfire ovens are easily seen from the seating area at Antico, one of the many things that makes their pizza so mouthwatering.

If you haven’t been to Antico, after placing your order, you pull up a seat at a table in their kitchen where you have a great view of the Italia pizzaioli putting together and baking your pies  in the ovens. Here are Owner Giovanni and Luca making up some pizzas.

Time for the food. We had the pleasure of enjoying an Italian family-style meal with some dishes not on the Antico menu. First up, the Margherita pizza (on their menu).

Rosemary focaccia. This is a dish that they eat at family meals. I’m going to have to figure out how to make something similar, it was so so eye-rolling-into-the-back-of-my-head good.

Fresh gnocchi with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Melted in your mouth.

Woodfire oven roasted red snapper that Patricia brought back from her fish monger in Florida.

Shyni and Cara taking photos and tweeting & facebooking. Wouldn’t expect anything less from these peeps *grin*

Here Asha‘s son, Ethan, wondering why I’m taking so many pictures while everyone else is enjoying the food.

Pasta carbonara through the eyes (eye?) of an iPhone.

Giovanni serving up Capricciosa pizza – mushroom, artichoke, prosciutto cotto and butala. Oh we were spoiled, yes we were, served authentic Italian pizza by Giovanni himself.

And what would an Italian meal be without cannoli for dessert? In 8 different flavors no less.

I will be bringing Paul, the husband, back to visit Antico Pizza very soon. He saw these photos and was very, very jealous. Sorry dude, that’s what you get for having a 9 to 5 job – ha! Pasta, pizza, bread and cannoli – pretty much his ideal meal. And as epic as this meal was, I can’t blame him.  Hats off to Patricia, Giovanni and the Antico family.

Antico Pizza
1093 Hemphill Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318

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Patti Davis
June 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wasn’t it the best fun? What an incredible meal. It was wonderful meeting you, Melissa!


Melissa Crane
June 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

Oh, it was so much fun! I want more of that Rosemary focaccia. It was wonderful meeting you as well Patti!


June 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

My friend Carl Maduri brought back their pizza and cannolis for lunch while we were on a video shoot and it was the best pizza I have ever had hands down!!! I really need to go eat there and try the pasta and gnocchi too. Great stuff Melissa!!! I may even have to drive downtown from Cobb for lunch one day. These pictures have my mouth watering.


Melissa Crane
June 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Denise! Let me know if you do decide to go there for lunch sometime, I’ll join you if I’m free!

Unfortunately, the pasta and gnocchi were specially made for our event, Antico doesn’t have those on their menu. But, their pizza is definitely worth the drive :)


Alan Cooke
June 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

Nothing beats REAL brickoven pizza. Looks like a feast to anyone jealous =) My sister live in Atl and I will definitely be passing this place’s info along!! And, anxiously awaiting my next visit there!! ;-)


Melissa Crane
June 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

Alan, you are going to love their pizza! I’m sure of it!


Brian Crane
June 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

The pizza looks sooo good. Great photos. I have to admit, I was disappointed to read the gnocchi was not on the menu. Your photos had me making mental plans to get down there for lunch this week just for that! Great photo shoot!


Melissa Crane
June 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

Brian, let’s make plans to go there sometime with Liz, Ana and Paul!

I am going to see if I can get my hands on some of that gnocchi and make that dish. I watched Giovanni cook it so that means that I can recreate it, right? Haha!


esther julee | atlanta wedding photographer
June 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

so glad you got to check it out!! it’s so far.. but it’s SO good! i’m very very jealous too!! can’t believe you got to try all the diff cannoli!


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