Monday, September 24, 2012

More Pizza Love

You can take a girl out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of a girl. Or at least that is what I tell myself when I gorge myself on pizza whenever I have the opportunity.

Pizza is one of those things that I don't think I could ever give up. Even when I am behaving my best on WW or trying to drop a few pounds at the gym, a hot, cheesy pizza has me at hello, every. single. time. The only pizza I could care less about? The fast food/frozen variety. No thanks. Local NYC pizza shop? Hello, lover.

Last night we ventured out of the Buckhead bubble to try out a brandy new wood-fired pizza place down in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Friends who live nearby, you are about to be sooo happy. Ammazza is opening up today, featuring Naples-style wood-fired pizzas with an amazing variety of toppings.

While Ammazza officially opens today, we were invited to join in for the pre-opening weekend to test out all of the goodies. Even as soon as we drove up, we knew this place was going to be a hit with the locals. I loved the building, inside and out. The middle of the restaurant features an amazing long table under original exposed ceilings and surrounded by original brick walls. I am a sucker for a converted office space turned hip restaurant! 

I also love any restaurant that provides views straight into the kitchen. The dining area overlooks a set of amazing brick ovens and a busy-working staff.

As if their space alone wasn't enough, Ammazza did not disappoint with their food. We tried the "Polpete," a meatball appetizer which must be someone's Italian grandmother's recipe, it was that good, and then scarfed down an entire pizza. Witness our choice:


We tried the restaurant's name brand pizza, the Ammazzare, which was covered in Vidalia onions, peppers, homemade sausage and house mozzarella. Holy cannoli, so good! (PS. we also had the cannoli. I, Katherine the Cannoli Lover, fully approve!)

Look! A rare blog sighting of the man. And he even asked to be included in today's post. He must have been smitten with the sausage and peppers pizza :)

I should also mention that the rest of their menu looked amazing. Here were some of the other pizzas that had my eye:
  • CINQUE FORMAGGI: A white pizza with caprino, fior di latte, ricotta, romano and house mozzarella seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, cracked peppercorn and sea salt
  • TERRA: A white pizza with wild mushrooms, house mozzarella, goat cheese, basil and truffle oil
  • BOLOGNESE: Homemade meatballs and Italian sausage paired with house mozzarella, ricotta and fresh basil
Our verdict? Ammazza is an amazing addition to this neighborhood. If you are an Old Fourth Ward resident, or anyone who appreciates a good pizza like I do, you are going to want to make your way over. I love that they are catering also to the late-night crowds that populate this area (think: Sound Table and Church bars are just a few blocks down ...) and will be open until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Their menu offers multiple vegetarian options, and their full bar is stocked with great local and international options, too. 

Let me know if you head over and what you think!

591-A Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Disclosure: We were provided with a complimentary meal as part of this grand opening event, but all opinions are my own! Definitely try this place out :)