It’s estimated Americans consume nearly three billion pizzas a year. That’s a lot of pizza. Atlanta is no exception. And just who makes the best pizza in Atlanta, or which style is considered superior to all others, is always up for fiery debate. Sure, there’s New York, Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, Greek, Neapolitan, and even New Haven style pizzas out there, but what about Turkish, Brazilian, Indian, and Korean?
Eater rounded up six pizzas Atlantans should definitely seek out and try, beyond the typical styles often found here, including pies topped with chili paneer and turkey kebabs to those dressed with Calabresa (Brazilian) sausage and Catupiry cheese and pizza crusts stuffed with sweet potato mousse.
Tandoori Pizza and Wing Co. (Indian-American)
197 Peachtree Street, Colony Square, Atlanta
Founded by Bhojanic chef Archna Becker, Tandoori Pizza and Wing Co. at Politan Row food hall in Midtown specializes in tandoori-style pizzas served on a naan crust. The naan offers a thin but sturdy foundation for the pizzas here, which come sauced in chutney marinara with a layer of mozzarella cheese and then topped with everything from turkey kebabs, red onions, and bell peppers to crumbly paneer, jalapenos, garlic, onions, and tomatoes drizzled in mango chili sauce.
Joy Pizza N Joy Chicken (Korean)
10820 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek
Located in the same complex as the Super H Mart, this is the spot for lovers of Korean fried chicken and pizza. While the restaurant serves classic pies on the menu, including pepperoni and cheese, skip those and order the cheesy Korean sweet potato pizza topped with green peppers, corn, chunks of ham and sausage, and cubes of sweet potatoes and pineapples. It can even come with a crust stuffed with sweet potato mousse — a delightful way to consume pizza bones. The yellow Japanese sweet potato gives a subtle sweetness to this otherwise savory pie. Try the marinated Korean steak pizza, too. There’s also a pizza topped with shrimp, crab meat, smoked ham, and pineapple here.
Brasiliana Pizza (Brazilian)
800 Forrest Street, Forrest Eatery, Atlanta
Owned by Thiago Machado and Nicollie Conovalow, Brasiliana Pizza is available for takeout and delivery from Forrest Eatery ghost kitchen in Berkeley Park. These pizzas are meant to be consumed using a knife and fork, and come loaded with toppings, blending Brazilian and Italian ingredients and flavors together to create a unique style that is savory, sometimes subtly sweet, and often bringing a bit of heat. With a long-fermented crust, the move here for meat lovers is the Calabresa, which comes topped with a generous layer of Brazilian sausage and sliced onions. There’s also the Frango Catupiry topped with shredded chicken, bacon bits, squeezes of creamy Catupiry cheese, and lots of oregano. Like chocolate? Order the Brigadeiros pizza, a dessert pie boasting a thick layer of gooey chocolate fudge and chocolate sprinkles, based on the Brazilian truffle of the same name. Take heed, this pizza is messy and super rich.
Brave Wojtek (Polish)
Various locations Atlanta
Founded by Matt Reeves, look for zapiekanka on the menu at this Polish food pop-up. A popular street food found throughout Poland, zapiekanka is akin to a crispy French bread pizza typically topped with mushrooms, ham, and melted cheese and drizzled with ketchup. The bread and the sauces are the stars of the pizza show here. Follow Brave Wojtek on Instagram for pop-up dates and menus.
842 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
Lahmacun is a super thin, cheeseless flatbread topped with either a layer of spiced minced lamb meat or beef mixed with herbs, chili peppers, and onions. This Turkish-style flatbread is then garnished with chunks of tomatoes, onions, and fresh parsley or shredded greens, before being folded into a wrap and eaten. Truva Turkish Kitchen in Virginia-Highland features a mini version of lamb lahmacun on the menu, which comes served as two flatbreads (each the size of an unfolded taco) and accompanied by shredded greens and tomatoes for topping.
Phew’s Pies (Atlanta)
Various locations Atlanta
For a very Atlanta take on pizza, try the lemon pepper wet pizza from Phew’s Pies. Founded by Matthew “Phew” Foster, the pizza is topped with butter sauce, chopped chicken, and mozzarella cheese. Lemon pepper wet wings crown the center of the pie, which can come drizzled in hot sauce. Try the oxtail and ricotta pizza, too, with an oxtail gravy base. It’s then topped with mozzarella and ricotta cheese, oxtails, stewed carrots, butter beans, green and yellow onions, and Scotch Bonnet for heat. Order online. Location provided upon ordering. Follow on Instagram for menu updates and pop-up locations.
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