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2171 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.814231 -84.392078
Mon - Thu 5:30PM-10PM, Fri - Sat 11:30AM - 1AM, Sun 11:30AM - 10PM
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, Colonial Homes - Peachtree
For pizza that's tasty without being overly doughy, Varasano's is it! Great desserts too!
Varasano's comes damn close to living up to the hype. – With his underground pizza parties reaching cult status, obsessed NY pizza blogger Jeff Varasano opened his restaurant with crazy hype swirling around it. NYC quality? Better than Fritti? Does he import the water? Once you get past the dramatics (and the corporate feel to the place) the pizzas are wonderfully unique, landing somewhere in between a NYC street slice and a Naples-style pie. Gourmet variations topped with arugula and capocollo instantly impress, but the Nana’s house special is damn close to pizza perfection. Folding your slice, heavily-herbed tomato sauce and blobs of mozzarella meld between the super-thin, bubbly-charred crust. It’s amazingly light but still greasy and gooey, delivering this immediate child-like urgency to devour the entire pie at once. Sure, the trendy, calculated cocktails are fitting but it’s the pizza that stays with you for days. Call it whatever you want, Atlanta is happy to have it.
It's pizza from the future, baby. – In Short
Pizza-obsessive blogger turned restaurateur Jeff Varasano, once famed for hosting private pizza parties, is spreading his purist pie gospel to the masses. Varasano’s namesake restaurant occupies a long, slender room in SoBu, boasting large window views of Peachtree Street along with an exposed kitchen bustling with white-clad pizza bakers. Thin-crusted pies are baked crispy at super-high temps for small amounts of time to elicit the signature char, bubbly cheese, and incredibly flavorful paper-thin crust. There is no other pizza like this in Atlanta and frankly, the pies are wonderful. The “Nana’s” pizza is the house special and includes an array of Italian herbs, though the “Salumi” topped with an array of Italian meats is the most substantial. Be sure to get adventurous and split a few with the table, but do not leave without sampling the wonderfully chewy, fried Italian doughnuts.
Try the caramelized onion – 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.
GREAT authentic NYC Pizza – 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.
Excellent, Thin Crust Pizza – 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.
Rude Service. Avg Pie – 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.
All The Hype Just Didn't Deliver! – 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
Excellent choice for authentic pizza – 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!
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