Cameli's Gourmet Pizza
Folks are always pleasantly surprised when they stumble onto Cameli's. The crust is thin and crispy, their sauces have chutzpah, and the unconventional but fun toppings (we're partial to their rosemary potatoes) make for a lively pie. One of their monster slices is more than enough for lunch. They've recently updated their booths and chairs to make eating in a bit more comfy -- though you still have to bus your own tables. 699 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-249-9020.
The artsy-kitschy interior of Elwood's doesn't immediately reveal its source of inspiration. But when you scan the menu, devotees of Fellini's will immediately notice the similar selection of pizzas and salads. The by-the-slice options quell the appetite when you need a meal on the go, but for a more satisfying pizza experience, order a whole pie topped with beefy meatballs, mushrooms and spinach. 3883 Peachtree Road (Cherokee Plaza). 404-816-9730.
5 Seasons Brewery
The grilled, flatbread-like pizzas at 5 Seasons are topped with tidbits like smoked salmon and avocado; caramelized onions and Serrano ham; or diced, ripe tomato and cheese. The smokiness from the crust goes particularly well with one of the restaurant's own craft-brewed beers. 5600 Roswell Road, Suite 21, Sandy Springs. 404-255-5911. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.
Walk into this epitome of a neighborhood joint and grab a table anywhere. The toppings are the standard pepperoni-mushroom-olives assortment, but what you really want here is a piping hot, plain cheese pizza. Out it comes on the classic silver metal tray. The crust is a little chewy, and the sauce and cheese marry in a gooey, zesty bite. 451 Cherokee Ave. 404-523-8900.
If you need a New York slice fix, this is the place. You'll probably arrive to find a line literally out the door. As the line moves, the cook points to you and asks for your order, which is usually ready by the time you get to the counter. This beauty of a slice has all the requisite qualities: the substantial crust, the tangy but unobtrusive sauce, and the thin veneer of orange grease you mop off with a napkin. Fold in your hand and enjoy one of the best slices the city has to offer. 62 Broad St. 404-521-2596.
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