Owner Giovanni DiPalma seemingly appeared out of nowhere a few years ago and turned a nondescript building into a Neapolitan pizza mecca. Antico Pizza’s Naples-style pie is made with imported Italian ingredients in three Acunto ovens, also from Italy. If you like meat, order the San Gennaro. The Margherita here is just as impressive as its sausage-, pepper-, and onion-laden brethren. The pizzeria is just one part of DiPalma’s growing “Little Italy” empire that includes a rotisserie chicken place, sandwich and gelato nook, Italian market, and limoncello bar all on the same corner.
The cheerfully scruffy pizza chain is named for the fanciful filmmaker, and the tattoos and piercings of the servers can definitely be Fellini-esque. The thick, hearty pies easily surpass any of the national chains' and their simple salads hit the spot, but the white pizza is in a class by itself, with one bite transporting you to cheese and garlic heaven.