Varasano's Pizzeria

★★★★★
Varasano's World renowned pizza is now in Atlanta!
  • 2171 Peachtree Rd NW

    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Cross street: Colonial Homes Dr.

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  • 404-352-8216

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Mon - Thu 5:30PM-10PM, Fri - Sat 11:30AM - 1AM, Sun 11:30AM - 10PM
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After a recent visit to New York City and stumbling into what I thought the best pizza ever at Grimaldi, and then again at Motorino, my search started for the holy grail of pizza here in Atlanta. After tasting different variations of this

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After a recent visit to New York City and stumbling into what I thought the best pizza ever at Grimaldi, and then again at Motorino, my search started for the holy grail of pizza here in Atlanta. After tasting different variations of this

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I really wanted to like this place, it's in my neighborhood and more than a few times each month I need a good pizza or pasta in a convenient location.

The pizza is not even marginal (first visit) and the pasta is plain awful (second

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I really wanted to like this place, it's in my neighborhood and more than a few times each month I need a good pizza or pasta in a convenient location.

The pizza is not even marginal (first visit) and the pasta is plain awful (second

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Want thin crust pizza, Want pizza thats fresh and flavorful, Want pizza thats piping hot, quality ingredients, Want a pizzeria with excellent customer service, Well, you go it @ Varasanos Pizzerias. My dining guest and I were

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★★★★★

Want thin crust pizza, Want pizza thats fresh and flavorful, Want pizza thats piping hot, quality ingredients, Want a pizzeria with excellent customer service, Well, you go it @ Varasanos Pizzerias. My dining guest and I were

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It was the best pizza I've ever tasted !!!!!!! Jeff you're amesome!

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It was the best pizza I've ever tasted !!!!!!! Jeff you're amesome!

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I took my wife and 2 kids (ages 10 & 11.5) to Varasano's while on vacation in Atlanta. We were looking for a "pizza joint" to change things up a bit (we had a lot of BBQ & Mexican food thus far on our trip..). After doing some web research I decided on Varasano's. It was about a 15 minute drive from downtown Atlanta. We parked across the street, (although there is valet parking) and walked in at about 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night. The restaurant's interior was modern and slick, yet not overdone. We ordered 2 pizzas; one with pepperoni and one with sausage & mushroom. Each pizza was about $15 from what I recall and about 12 inches or so. The style is what I would call "rustic" New York thin. Everything was VERY fresh and we ate every last scrap of food. I would recommend Varasano's if you are looking for an "upscale" pizza experience with excellent pizza.

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★★★★☆

I took my wife and 2 kids (ages 10 & 11.5) to Varasano's while on vacation in Atlanta. We were looking for a "pizza joint" to change things up a bit (we had a lot of BBQ & Mexican food thus far on our trip..). After doing some web research I decided on Varasano's. It was about a 15 minute drive from downtown Atlanta. We parked across the street, (although there is valet parking) and walked in at about 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night. The restaurant's interior was modern and slick, yet not overdone. We ordered 2 pizzas; one with pepperoni and one with sausage & mushroom. Each pizza was about $15 from what I recall and about 12 inches or so. The style is what I would call "rustic" New York thin. Everything was VERY fresh and we ate every last scrap of food. I would recommend Varasano's if you are looking for an "upscale" pizza experience with excellent pizza.

Pros: Fresh, tasty, great pizza

Cons: A bit expensive

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Important dates in Atlanta history:
November 11, 1864: General Sherman orders the city to be burned to the ground
May 8, 1886: Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents Coca-Cola
January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. is born
December 15, 1939: Gone With the Wind premiers at Loew's Grand Theater
September 18, 1990: The IOC announces that the 1996 Summer Olympics will take place in Atlanta
October 28, 1995: The Atlanta Braves win the World Series
March 25, 2009: Varasano's opens in Buckhead

Life as we knew it in this city changed forever. Those of us who thought we knew the difference between pizza and great pizza but had never traveled to Naples or sampled pies from the authentic pizzerias found in New York or even New Haven, Connecticut were now being shown just how naive and sheltered we were.

If Atlanta is currently playing host to its own "Pizza Wars" as many have said, then Jeff Varasano fired the first and loudest shot.

Was it the best pizza in Atlanta at the time of its opening? Definitely. Is it still? Possibly.

The one thing I know for sure is that Varasano's upped the ante for Atlanta pizzerias, and for that I am grateful.

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★★★★★

Important dates in Atlanta history:
November 11, 1864: General Sherman orders the city to be burned to the ground
May 8, 1886: Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents Coca-Cola
January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. is born
December 15, 1939: Gone With the Wind premiers at Loew's Grand Theater
September 18, 1990: The IOC announces that the 1996 Summer Olympics will take place in Atlanta
October 28, 1995: The Atlanta Braves win the World Series
March 25, 2009: Varasano's opens in Buckhead

Life as we knew it in this city changed forever. Those of us who thought we knew the difference between pizza and great pizza but had never traveled to Naples or sampled pies from the authentic pizzerias found in New York or even New Haven, Connecticut were now being shown just how naive and sheltered we were.

If Atlanta is currently playing host to its own "Pizza Wars" as many have said, then Jeff Varasano fired the first and loudest shot.

Was it the best pizza in Atlanta at the time of its opening? Definitely. Is it still? Possibly.

The one thing I know for sure is that Varasano's upped the ante for Atlanta pizzerias, and for that I am grateful.

Pros: brilliant pizza

Cons: subpar beer list

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In the last year or so, Atlanta has gone crazy over pizza and the gossip that comes with it. From Fritti shuttling in Italian pizza czars who didn't speak any English to Concentrics getting in the game with a coal oven pizzeria downtown, it hasn't just been Atlanta's freak-out over Antico that's been buzzy. But the reason why Atlanta's pizza stock has risen 1000% in the last 18 months, has been because of one man, Jeff Varasano.

The brainy, passionate and slightly neurotic restaurant owner was in the NY Times before the restaurant even opened. His at-home pizza parties became legendary. And in the year it's been open, despite being blanketed in both praise and scrutiny, the man hasn't stopped trying to improve his restaurant.

In the last two years, we've gotten incredible upgrades with not one good pizza spot, but 3 or 4 GREAT pizza spots. And we have Jeff Varasano to thank for that.

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★★★★☆

In the last year or so, Atlanta has gone crazy over pizza and the gossip that comes with it. From Fritti shuttling in Italian pizza czars who didn't speak any English to Concentrics getting in the game with a coal oven pizzeria downtown, it hasn't just been Atlanta's freak-out over Antico that's been buzzy. But the reason why Atlanta's pizza stock has risen 1000% in the last 18 months, has been because of one man, Jeff Varasano.

The brainy, passionate and slightly neurotic restaurant owner was in the NY Times before the restaurant even opened. His at-home pizza parties became legendary. And in the year it's been open, despite being blanketed in both praise and scrutiny, the man hasn't stopped trying to improve his restaurant.

In the last two years, we've gotten incredible upgrades with not one good pizza spot, but 3 or 4 GREAT pizza spots. And we have Jeff Varasano to thank for that.

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If there??s one thing that Atlantans seem to be starved for and craving it??s a decent slice of pizza. Now I??ll admit that, I??m not an aficionado on NY pizza, but I did spend a year in New Haven, CT which is truly one of the pizza meccas in the US. And trust me, while I was there I definitely ate my fair share of pizza. Thus, I??ve had some of the best pizza this country has to offer. And while I accept that Atlanta will never rival New York in terms of quality pizza shops or sheer number of pizza shops we do have a few that are doing good work.

In my opinion, the Atlanta pizza battle comes down to two main contenders: Varasano??s and Antico. Now while I think Varasano??s wins out on sheer taste, let me give you a few other reasons why I prefer Varasano??s over Antico:

1.Seating ?? rather than the one communal table that Antico offers, Varasano??s actually has legitimate, bonafide tables
2.Alcohol ?? yeah, maybe I??m a lush but I like to have a beer with my pizza and while the beer menu is limited and a little lacking at Varasano??s; beer is at least available. Whereas at Antico you??re looking at water and sodas.

Ok, so there is a bit of pretension about Varasano??s, I mean what other restaurant have you been to that has instructions of how to eat their food printed out and displayed on every table. But lets look past that and get to the food. I think this is the best pizza in Atlanta. The dough is almost perfect with just enough crunch/crispness balanced with a touch of chewiness. The bottom of the crust has spots of char as does the crust which certainly adds to the depth of flavor and shows that the pizza has been cooked at the proper temperature for an adequate amount of time.

One of my favorite Varasano??s pizzas is the New Haven Clam, what can I say, I got addicted when I was up in New Haven. Varasano??s adds mussels to their take on what is the quintessential New Haven pizza and they offer it with a red or white sauce. Two things the purist in me rejects, I go sans mussels and strictly adhere to this pizza??s white sauce heritage. The pizza is a perfect blend of salty, with a touch of sweetness from the clams, and a whole lot cheesy goodness. The clams go so well with the mozzarella and when combined with the awesome Varasano??s dough, with one bite, I??m transported back to New Haven for a moment or two and feel like I??m sitting in Pepe??s or Modern enjoying a pie.

I??m also a fan of the caramelized onion and emmentaler cheese pizza. The sweetness of the caramelized onions combined with the nuttiness of the emmentaler cheese, provides a depth of flavor that is almost unexpected for a mere two topping pizza. And of course there??s that awesome Varasano??s crust serving as the perfect base for it all.

And when I??m in the mood for just a down home, old fashioned pizza, I create my own with pepperoni, mushrooms and garlic. It??s simplistic and straightforward, but a little rustic all the while. Its old school pizza goodness done the right way; the Varasano??s way.

So bottom line, I think Varasano??s has the best pizza in Atlanta. Yeah there are a few things that they could improve on, but go for the pizza and check it out. My only thought is that for Varasano??s to succeed and reach its full potential as the premier pizza spot in Atlanta, it absolutely must expand its menu.

Please Jeff, from your loyal fans, EXPAND THE MENU.

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★★★★☆

If there??s one thing that Atlantans seem to be starved for and craving it??s a decent slice of pizza. Now I??ll admit that, I??m not an aficionado on NY pizza, but I did spend a year in New Haven, CT which is truly one of the pizza meccas in the US. And trust me, while I was there I definitely ate my fair share of pizza. Thus, I??ve had some of the best pizza this country has to offer. And while I accept that Atlanta will never rival New York in terms of quality pizza shops or sheer number of pizza shops we do have a few that are doing good work.

In my opinion, the Atlanta pizza battle comes down to two main contenders: Varasano??s and Antico. Now while I think Varasano??s wins out on sheer taste, let me give you a few other reasons why I prefer Varasano??s over Antico:

1.Seating ?? rather than the one communal table that Antico offers, Varasano??s actually has legitimate, bonafide tables
2.Alcohol ?? yeah, maybe I??m a lush but I like to have a beer with my pizza and while the beer menu is limited and a little lacking at Varasano??s; beer is at least available. Whereas at Antico you??re looking at water and sodas.

Ok, so there is a bit of pretension about Varasano??s, I mean what other restaurant have you been to that has instructions of how to eat their food printed out and displayed on every table. But lets look past that and get to the food. I think this is the best pizza in Atlanta. The dough is almost perfect with just enough crunch/crispness balanced with a touch of chewiness. The bottom of the crust has spots of char as does the crust which certainly adds to the depth of flavor and shows that the pizza has been cooked at the proper temperature for an adequate amount of time.

One of my favorite Varasano??s pizzas is the New Haven Clam, what can I say, I got addicted when I was up in New Haven. Varasano??s adds mussels to their take on what is the quintessential New Haven pizza and they offer it with a red or white sauce. Two things the purist in me rejects, I go sans mussels and strictly adhere to this pizza??s white sauce heritage. The pizza is a perfect blend of salty, with a touch of sweetness from the clams, and a whole lot cheesy goodness. The clams go so well with the mozzarella and when combined with the awesome Varasano??s dough, with one bite, I??m transported back to New Haven for a moment or two and feel like I??m sitting in Pepe??s or Modern enjoying a pie.

I??m also a fan of the caramelized onion and emmentaler cheese pizza. The sweetness of the caramelized onions combined with the nuttiness of the emmentaler cheese, provides a depth of flavor that is almost unexpected for a mere two topping pizza. And of course there??s that awesome Varasano??s crust serving as the perfect base for it all.

And when I??m in the mood for just a down home, old fashioned pizza, I create my own with pepperoni, mushrooms and garlic. It??s simplistic and straightforward, but a little rustic all the while. Its old school pizza goodness done the right way; the Varasano??s way.

So bottom line, I think Varasano??s has the best pizza in Atlanta. Yeah there are a few things that they could improve on, but go for the pizza and check it out. My only thought is that for Varasano??s to succeed and reach its full potential as the premier pizza spot in Atlanta, it absolutely must expand its menu.

Please Jeff, from your loyal fans, EXPAND THE MENU.

Pros: phenomenal pizza, incredibily knowledgeable owner

Cons: limited beer selection, limited variety in pizza offerings

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Finally, a Wonderful Pizza Bar. Great food, wondeful Flat Crust Pizza and the Best Sauce. Luv the Salumi Pizza, the Spiced Olives andSauce are Wonderful. Great Fun Bar with two Big Screen TV,s for BallGames and Fun Bar Atmosphere. Wonderful Jeff !!! And Big hugs to Michelle, Jen and Bartender Tony....Cruise Director

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Finally, a Wonderful Pizza Bar. Great food, wondeful Flat Crust Pizza and the Best Sauce. Luv the Salumi Pizza, the Spiced Olives andSauce are Wonderful. Great Fun Bar with two Big Screen TV,s for BallGames and Fun Bar Atmosphere. Wonderful Jeff !!! And Big hugs to Michelle, Jen and Bartender Tony....Cruise Director

Pros: Best Sauce, Fresh Dough and Great Service

Cons: No Pasta

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Varasano's Pizza is, hands down, the best pizza I have ever eaten. The crust is amazing, because Jeff has perfected his own yeast formula which makes for a perfectly cooked, scrumptiously charred, pizza. My favorite is the Nana's by far because of the exquisite blend of spices used in the pizza sauce itself. And I can never get tired of the Nana's cuz I can add pepperoni or their really good sausage... Next, my favorite would have to be the Salumi which is their meats pizza. They use the highest grade cuts of salumi and the pizza is just to die for. And if you are looking for something lighter, try the Carmelized Onion -- mmmm especially with sausage; or try the Chica Bella!

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★★★★★

Varasano's Pizza is, hands down, the best pizza I have ever eaten. The crust is amazing, because Jeff has perfected his own yeast formula which makes for a perfectly cooked, scrumptiously charred, pizza. My favorite is the Nana's by far because of the exquisite blend of spices used in the pizza sauce itself. And I can never get tired of the Nana's cuz I can add pepperoni or their really good sausage... Next, my favorite would have to be the Salumi which is their meats pizza. They use the highest grade cuts of salumi and the pizza is just to die for. And if you are looking for something lighter, try the Carmelized Onion -- mmmm especially with sausage; or try the Chica Bella!

Pros: Best thin crust, best pizza dough, best atmosphere! Amazing!

Cons: Small place, cramped bar area

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The caramelized onion pizza is hands down my favorite pizza in Atlanta. It's not your typical pizza - it's a white pie with emmanthaler cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh thyme. The freshness of the herbs make a big difference in the overall presentation and taste/aroma of the pizza. I've also had the Nana's (with fresh oregano on it) and the Margherita (with fresh basil). Freshness is a key word here, because that's what everything is. From the sauce to the cheese to the herbs, everything tastes really carefully selected and prepared. Ignore all the hype about this restaurant - just go and experience it with an open mind. Whether you think it's the *best pizza ever* or not, for the quality you get and the reasonable prices, it's pretty hard to beat it.

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★★★★★

The caramelized onion pizza is hands down my favorite pizza in Atlanta. It's not your typical pizza - it's a white pie with emmanthaler cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh thyme. The freshness of the herbs make a big difference in the overall presentation and taste/aroma of the pizza. I've also had the Nana's (with fresh oregano on it) and the Margherita (with fresh basil). Freshness is a key word here, because that's what everything is. From the sauce to the cheese to the herbs, everything tastes really carefully selected and prepared. Ignore all the hype about this restaurant - just go and experience it with an open mind. Whether you think it's the *best pizza ever* or not, for the quality you get and the reasonable prices, it's pretty hard to beat it.

Pros: Knowledgeable staff, open 7 days, lunch, late nights

Cons: No draft beers

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Went to Varasano's with a friend and we tried a margarita pizza and another with sausage both were delicious. I love the super thin crust pizza and it is much better than pizza I have had in New York.

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Went to Varasano's with a friend and we tried a margarita pizza and another with sausage both were delicious. I love the super thin crust pizza and it is much better than pizza I have had in New York.

Pros: Fresh Ingrediants, Flavor

Cons: None

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This is the closest thing to a true NYC thin-crust pie that you can get in Atlanta. Great thin crust, great sauce, perfect cheese. Indeed, Varasano's works with this medium the way other artists might work on canvas or with clay.

Decent toppings (esp sausage), too, but the stripped-down Margherita with just cheese and basil requires no additional window-dressing. It is simply excellent.

"Trendy-casual" atmosphere and nice place for a date as well.

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★★★★★

This is the closest thing to a true NYC thin-crust pie that you can get in Atlanta. Great thin crust, great sauce, perfect cheese. Indeed, Varasano's works with this medium the way other artists might work on canvas or with clay.

Decent toppings (esp sausage), too, but the stripped-down Margherita with just cheese and basil requires no additional window-dressing. It is simply excellent.

"Trendy-casual" atmosphere and nice place for a date as well.

Pros: Pizza as an art-form

Cons: A little pricey

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Very rude service. Never heard of a pizza joint that will NOT allow you to take pie to go. Good luck with that. Pizza was decent for Atlanta but mediocre at best by NYC standards.

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★★☆☆☆

Very rude service. Never heard of a pizza joint that will NOT allow you to take pie to go. Good luck with that. Pizza was decent for Atlanta but mediocre at best by NYC standards.

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All of us in the Buckhead/Brookwood area having been waiting for Varasano's. Even those of us, who were invited to Jeff Varasano's home for pizza, and it was great, were waiting to open. The space is hip, great bar area. And the servers are right on. But alas, the pizza's just didn't deliver. They were all soggy in the center, with liquid in the pizza serving pan. The crust around the pizza was very dry, and remined us of Matzo! Maybe it has something to do with using electric ovens. Atlanta has many great pizza joints, and hopefully with some tweeking, Varasano's will rightfully take it's place among them.l

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★★★☆☆

All of us in the Buckhead/Brookwood area having been waiting for Varasano's. Even those of us, who were invited to Jeff Varasano's home for pizza, and it was great, were waiting to open. The space is hip, great bar area. And the servers are right on. But alas, the pizza's just didn't deliver. They were all soggy in the center, with liquid in the pizza serving pan. The crust around the pizza was very dry, and remined us of Matzo! Maybe it has something to do with using electric ovens. Atlanta has many great pizza joints, and hopefully with some tweeking, Varasano's will rightfully take it's place among them.l

Pros: Great Space, Wonderful Smells, Nice Bar!

Cons: Soggy Pizza!

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We've been searching for great pizza for over 4yrs. since we relocated here, in atlanta. But what we found in our previous search was close but not quite right. So my sister saw this news segment of a new restaurant the day before her birthday and wanted to give this place a try...maybe they have good authentic NY style pizza! But what we found was authentic Italian pizza which is a much better find. The ingredients were fresh and each bite was delectably light. We had two desserts and they were soooo good! If you're looking for authenticity and a pleasant atmosphere, you have to visit Varasano's...see you there!

Tiffany Bazemore

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★★★★☆

We've been searching for great pizza for over 4yrs. since we relocated here, in atlanta. But what we found in our previous search was close but not quite right. So my sister saw this news segment of a new restaurant the day before her birthday and wanted to give this place a try...maybe they have good authentic NY style pizza! But what we found was authentic Italian pizza which is a much better find. The ingredients were fresh and each bite was delectably light. We had two desserts and they were soooo good! If you're looking for authenticity and a pleasant atmosphere, you have to visit Varasano's...see you there!

Tiffany Bazemore

Pros: Delicate and Delicious

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"Master of the Rubik's Cube" was Jeff Varasano's first claim to fame. At 14, he set a record (24.67 seconds) for solving the mind-bending puzzle. Bronx-born, Varasano moved to Atlanta in 1998, and soon became hungry for pizza as he knew…

 

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