For Creative Loafing, Brad Kaplan awards Ammazza two stars. He compliments the pizza fritta, the house-made meatballs, and the dessert, and he commends the restaurant for serving beer, wine, and cocktails and for managing to be both a "hip, intown drinking spot and a family-friendly pizza joint." As for the requisite Antico comparison, Kaplan says he "[prefers] Ammazza's more flavorful and less doughy crust, as well as the more liberal choice of toppings, such as marinated artichokes paired with salty prosciutto, or a mix of funky wild mushrooms playing off sweet caramelized onions." He ends with this: "Ammazza does many things well — from the pizza to the drinks to the vibe to the kid-friendly show — and it does them differently than just about anywhere else in town. It's no Antico, but that's a good thing."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jon Watson gives LPC two stars. Watson recommends the pan-fried octopus, was surprised to like the thin-crust mushroom pizza, and found the entrees he tried to be "let-downs." He says there are a few consistency issues that need to be worked out and wonders if the new, "casual" route the restaurant is taking (following its rebranding from La Pietra Cucina) is the best idea, but ultimately decides that "the new LPC is definitely one to watch."
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