Atlanta >Food & Dining > Fritti
309 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.763127 -84.357743
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm, Friday 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-midnight, Sat 11:30am-4pm and 5:30pm-midnight, Sun 1pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Poncey Highlands, Eastside, Eastside
Long before the latest rounds of Atlanta's pizza wars, Fritti had been serving up delightful Neapolitan style pies with an approachable wine list. Their expansive patio is the place to be on a sunny afternoon.
absolute worthless waitress here! – Well, we had lunch here and it was a disaster, the blonde waitress here on Novemember 3, 2009 at about 1:30 pm, on the outside was worthless! I don't know if it was because she was blonde or just....I don't know. But she manage to get both me and my wife's order all wrong, then wanted to tell us that she brought out what we ordered! I just don't know why she did not write any of it down?? what a ditz! We won't return UNLESS we hand her what we want, written down by US!
Gone seriously downhill – Last time I was here there was an Italian guy directing the kitchen - the pizza was superb. This time (three days ago) he wasn't there and the food was bad, yes, bad. Three miniature scraps of overpriced bruschetta followed by pizza wallowing in soggy tomato sauce. Only one pizza out of the four we had was adequate - the rest were overpriced and under-flavored. And they are not cheap. Reading through the other reviews this place has gone hot and cold over the years. It's really really cold right now, go somewhere else.
I am not a pizza fan, BUT...! – I am truly NOT a pizza fan; someone posted about being from New Haven, and how their pizza's the best? Not so. Lived there over ten years. ("apizza?" please.)
Brooklyn has better street corner pizza shops...
However, I digress.
We were looking for some place different. We decided to try Fritti. I opted for the Bianca (white, sauceless) pizza, as I am leery about red sauce that is not cooked by me or my mom..;-).
After about 10 min, we were served....it was WONDERFUL. Truly.
Service? eh. Waitress waited until we were just about done to ask if everything was fine (it was, but my husband, who managed a large restaurant years ago, noticed that she didn't check back soon enough.) We still left a great tip.
We had a slight wait-it was 10 pm on a Friday. Were offered a seat in the lower, uncovered patio, but declined, as people were smoking, and it was really obvious. We were glad we did-five minutes after we were seated, the sky opened up-thunder, lightning-the works!
We are definitely planning a trip back,and I am bringing visiting friends there for part of a fun night out.
Service is So So, Food Makes up for it – Call me crazy, but pizza has never been one of my favorite foods. However, Fritti has some of the best I have had in Atlanta. Fritti does not have the most comfortable seating areas but it has an overall fun and hip vibe, and they play great music, in fact my boyfriend wanted to stay there and hang out rather than go to any other bar/club. The hostess was wonderful and catered to our needs (she switched tables for us and also gave us a new server since the one we were supposed to have never greeted us after sitting at the table for fifteen minutes). Other than that mishap, dinner was great. We love to try calamari everywhere we go to find the best. The calamari here was sub par, to be quite honest it is no better than calamari at every other Italian restaurant including the Olive Garden. I would suggest serving it with a creamier, aioli rather than the generic marinara sauce, which really tasted like some canned Ragu. Anyhow, on a great note, the Manzo, or Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Rosemary appetizer was wonderful. The beef was cooked perfectly and not over done. It was crusted in parmesean cheese and served on a bed of arugula, vinaigrette, and cheese. I would also strongly recommend the Maialona pizza. It comes with salame, cotto ham, sausage, pancetta, black olives. It is delicious. They separate all of the meats so you can get a taste of each. The sausage was creamy and rich, my favorite of the ingredients. If you like seafood, the Fritti Di Mare is good. It contains calamari, mussels, shrimp, and scallops. However, it is cheese less so if you want cheese you must pay an extra $2. I would definetly suggest Fritti if you want a night out and are tired of eating the same old stuff, i.e. pizza. We had been to Piebar many times (my significant other LOVES pizza, all kinds) and do not miss it one bit.
Food was ok, but strange situation when we paid our bill – I have never written a review for any restaurant in my life, but in this case I think it is necessary.
Overall my experience at Fritti was ok. The only problem was our waitress who seemed like she may have been on another planet. Her knowledge of the beers was limited and she seemed irritated with my table of 4 when we asked questions. The disturbing part was that after we paid our bill with cash which totaled $163.00 (including a $27.00 tip mind you), we were approached by the manager outside at the valet parking who told us that our cash was short by $60.00. He asked if our experience was bad because we didn't leave enough money. I immediately told him that I am the one who paid the bill, and that I left $163.00 and that he may want to check with our waitress.
The strange part was that after she took our money, we sat at our table finishing our beers for at least another 25 minutes. Why didn't he (or the waitress for that matter) approach us while we were sitting there? Why wait as we were about to get into our car? I try not to be one of a conspiracy theory, but it just seems a little strange to me. Almost like it was planned, so maybe someone could make a little extra money that evening????
I won't be back, and I plan to tell everyone I know about the money disappearance situation because that seems sketchy to me.
Loud, Energetic Swanky Pizza...Joint. – My date and I went on Friday night around 7:30. The food was great quality and flavorful, although I would not recommend to someone looking for a typical pizza joint. The toppings are gourmet and topped with fine cheeses on a Napolenta style crust i.e. tender, limp thin pie with crispy outer ring crust. The seating was crowded and very "social" as you will be sitting 16" from a stanger with your back against a lit brick wall with continuous booth/bench style seating. The lighting, colors, and finishes are romantic and warm, althought the noise level and aforementioned privacy issues seem to stand in the way. The easedropping is easy because you have to talk loud even at a 2-person table and you have about 20 people within a 10 foot radius. I give it a kid friendly check as there were many there although you couldn't hear the crying and screaming over the already omnipotent sound level. The service was outstanding and the wine list was ample yet ordinary. The prices are good for the food quality, understanding that as it pertains to quantity. We ordered a single pie (11") to share and the bruschetta appetizer (3 pcs.) with a single bottle of $32 chianti and our bill was $56.00 before tip. This was enough for us but some may want to add another $13.00 pie to that for larger appetites.
Best Lamb Ever! – I recently dined at Fritti. Myself and 2 friends went on a Saturday evening, there was a 10 minute wait but we ordered cocktails that were VERY strong! They were great! We ordered the calamari and lamb to start, both were amazing. The calamari was crunchy, not chewy.The lamb was cooked to perfection. We ordered a pizza with 3 types of meat, it was OKAY. Kind of plain, I guess that was the point. I wasn't that impressed with the pizza itself. The staff was great. Our server was very nice and helpful with understanding the menu. A manager even came by to check in on us. All around I would go back just for the appetizers and drinks.
SOOO frickin good – i went back in feb with my boyfriend celebrating our anniversary. smart becuase pizza is my favorite thing :) but anyway the atmosphere was so nice. but we cant read italian and the waitress was soooo helpful. the food was excellent. nothing like manufactered pizza. and i orded a dessert that was out of this world! i would def go back if it was so far away from me. also i had just read the book eat, pray, love and im hoping the pizza she ate from italy was like fritti's. :) excellent food, restuaurant, service it was great.
Hubby and I just returned from Italy and Fritti is spot-on! – I have been meaning to review Fritti ever since we returned from Italy. It definitely is just like the upscale pizza places that we visited on our trip to Venice and Milan.
I have to say, I found the prior review pretty funny! In fairness to the reviewer I don't know where one would go in Atlanta to get New Haven style "Apizza" but if you want Italian style Fritti is exactly how they do in Italy. We have been to Fritti twice in the 5 weeks since we returned, and while we are not getting to people watch in Italy (boo) we are getting to enjoy very authentic food.
If you are homesick (or vacation-sick) for Italy definitely go here to reminisce.
Lousy, won't return – Just got back from Fritti as I was having a serious pizza jones, cannot express how disappointed I was. Had been here a few times before and the food has always been good however I will not be returning. I ordered a sausage and roasted pepper pizza and I knew I was in trouble when it showed up at my table within 5 minutes, it was a puddle of undercooked goo. The crust was barely darkened and the dough was white, awful. I told my waitress and she obligingly took it back and proceeded to tell me the "head chef" says that is how the make them. I grew up and lived in New Haven, Ct most of my life and have been schooled in the delights of Neapolitan apizza (Wooster St), this alleged chef should make a pilgrimage there and learn the fine art of apizza making, and yes in New Haven it's spelled Apizza.
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