Jeff Varasano, software engineer, Rubik's cube champion and self-made pizza guru, has a lot to live up to when his restaurant opened in March. 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 bur not cracker-like. The bottom is kissed by a mottled black patina, which makes the chewy-to-crispy ratio just right. Beyond the relative merits of the pie itself, Varasano's as a restaurant has its share of problems. The room can be madness in the evenings, especially later in the week. Lunch is a far less exhausting ordeal.
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