A couple of months ago, we learned that two brothers with connections to Antico were opening a suspiciously similar pizza place called Ammazza on Edgewood Avenue. Set to open in July, the Old Fourth Ward pizzeria will, in fact, serve Neapolitan-style pies like Antico; but unlike Antico, it will offers salads and antipasti, as well as beer, wine and cocktails.
The authentic Italian menu will feature house-made meatballs baked in homemade tomato sauce with ricotta cheese and rustic bread, pomodoro Caprese salad, and a cheese board with prosciutto, sopressata, pepperoni, Kalamata olives, Pecorino Romano, mozzarella and goat cheese. The pizzas, made with Italian 00 flour, range from the signature Ammazzare pizza (house mozzarella, fresh basil, local sausage, roasted peppers, Vidalia onions and tomatoes) to the sauce-less Terra pizza (mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, wild mushrooms, goat cheese and truffle oil). There will also be Italian street food-inspired dishes like fried pizza and fried spaghetti, as well as something for the kiddies, called glitter pizza. For dessert, there will be cannolis, sfogliatelle (flaky pastry filled with citrus ricotta cream), torta Caprese (a flourless chococolate-almond cake topped with chocolate ganache, originally from Capri) and pasta fritta con canella (deep fried bits of dough tossed with cinnamon and sugar).
Hugh Connerty and Jason Connerty, the brothers behind Ammazza, are said to be focused on the details. They used 110-year-old reclaimed pine from a cotton mill in Cartersville, Ga., for the bar and some tables, and installed two, 16-foot communal tables for group dining (perhaps a throwback to Antico?). They're even usingThe Spotter Trotter to source local ingredients. They also have a special pizza box for carry-out orders. The box has an elevated base to prevent moisture (and we imagine oil) from collecting in the center and making the pie soggy.
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