Jeff Varasano, software engineer, Rubik’s cube champion, and self-made pizza guru, has a lot to live up to when his restaurant opened. Previously, Varasano had been holding pizza parties in his Buckhead home that attracted hoards of foodies, as well as the New York Times. His pizza is, for the most part, blatantly delicious. The crust is thin — crispy but not cracker-like. The bottom is kissed by a mottled black patina, which makes the chewy-to-crispy ratio just right.
Authentically Japanese, from the pristine fish to the clean, spare light wood decor to the bottles of sake and sochu lined up behind the chef. Some of the best dishes are only found through word of mouth, such as the fabulous monkfish liver in ponzu sauce, or the salmon roe marinated in rice wine. The owner, Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa, is meticulous with his knife skills, slicing and dicing fish flown in daily from Japan. The restaurant only serves dinner, but stays open late — until midnight on Friday for those craving sashimi well into the night.