Filling the void left behind by beloved neighborhood joint Everybody’s Pizza when it closed 10 years ago, pizza returns to Virginia-Highland December 6 when pizzeria and slice shop Pielands opens in the former Goin’ Coastal space.
Pielands joins Academy Coffee and butchery and market Kinship and Paolo’s Gelato at the circa-1910 Va-Hi building on the corner of Virginia and North Highland avenues.
Owned by restaurateur Billy Streck, the man behind Nina and Rafi and Hampton and Hudson, expect classic New York- and square-style pies and slices served here. This includes a grandma-style square pizza called the Noni, named for Streck’s grandmother. Slice offerings change daily and cost between $3 and $6 a piece. Look for appetizers, like cheesy buns and sausage bread, a handful of Italian subs, and soft serve ice cream for dessert on the menu, too.
In addition to beer and wine, people can pair their pizza with one of the restaurant’s bottled cocktails, like a 50/50 martini, negroni, and old fashioned.
Resembling the old-school slice joints and pizzerias Streck grew up around in New York, including the restaurant his grandfather and father owned, Pielands features red, white, and brick accents throughout the space and a large vintage photo of the Brooklyn Bridge in the dining room. Hundreds of pizza-themed stickers cover the walls in the restrooms and a Ms. Pac-Man machine is available for game play, which comes with its own vintage tokens.
Seating is available in the dining room, at the bar, or at tables along the sidewalk, with people ordering at the counter.
Streck, who also owns Italian restaurant Lyla Lila in Midtown, takes over the Virginia Avenue space that was to house Pizza by the Slice, owned by his former Nina and Rafi business partner Anthony Spina (O4W Pizza). Spina and Streck opened Nina and Rafi together in the Old Fourth Ward three years ago, naming the restaurant for their grandmothers. The Eastside Beltline pizzeria quickly became known for its thick-crust, Detroit-style pies and takes on Spina’s grandma pizzas, made popular at O4W Pizza.
Spina departed the business in 2020, claiming he was “forced out of the creative process,” but wouldn’t provide further details on the split, citing legal constraints. Spina told Eater at the time he still expected Pizza by the Slice to open in early 2021. A representative speaking on behalf of Streck says Spina “is not involved in Pielands.”
Take a look at the menu for Pielands:
Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Takeout and delivery available. Outdoor seating available. Accessible via MARTA bus #36 and #816.
1021 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta. pielands.com.
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