Pizza may have been invented in Italy, but these Georgia pizzerias have perfected the art of making pizza pie. Whether you like deep dish, traditional or thin crust, red sauce, white sauce or chocolate sauce on your pizzas, you’ll love these five top Georgia pizza parlors.
Vinnie Van Go Go’s, Savannah. Although Vinnie Van Go Go’s is small in stature, their Neapolitan-style pizzas of thin, hearty crusts topped with a rich tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, deliver big taste. . .literally! You can have yours topped with “Yuppie” toppings like broccoli, spinach or artichoke hearts and delivered by bicycle (in downtown Savannah), or sit on the patio and people watch in City Market. Bring cash because that’s all they take.
Shorty’s Pizza, North Druid Hills. A wood-fired oven gives Shorty’s pizza a smoky flavor that enhances the fresh ingredients they use to top all of their pizzas. You can build your own pie or go for one of their musically inspired pizzas like the “BB King,” made with BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Goat Cheese, Cilantro and “CZR” Salad on Top. BTW, pizzas are $5 off on Tuesdays at their North Druid Hills location and on Wednesdays at their Tucker location.
Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria, St. Simons Island. Sal has brought his Italian-style pizza (via New York City) to seafood-driven St. Simons Island where it has become a fan favorite. Rich, zesty sauce and wood-fired crust are two of the key ingredients that give Sal’s that famous New York City taste. You can have your choice of toppings, and don’t be shy about ordering an entrée to go with it. Their Chicken Picatta and Eggplant Parmigiana are both delicious choices — as is everything on their menu.
Bambinelli’s Pizza & Pasta, Duluth. This is my ALL time favorite place to take the family for a delicious (and affordable) meal of baked gnocchi, garlic mussels, and AMAZING pizza. Their “Bambinelli’s Special” pizza is authentic Italian-style pizza, meaning a thin crisp crust, a smear of fresh tomato sauce, spicy pepperoni and sausage, and fresh peppers, onions and mushrooms. Don’t be tempted to fill up on their buttery garlic rolls, but definitely pack some to go.
La Pizzeria at Cucina Rustica, Morganton. Located in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, La Pizzeria’s wood fire pizzas will transport you to the heart of Italy. They have a very sophisticated menu that’s the perfect oasis for their rustic setting. Try their Bianco pizza, made with ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses and topped with baby spinach and a delicious balsamic glaze. Yum!
Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.