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Varasano’s Pizzeria
April 14, 2009, 5:01 pm
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In keeping with my theme of visiting the hottest new Atlanta restaurants (for the most part), I gathered up a couple of old homies to visit Varsano’s Pizzeria in the new Mezzo building off Peachtree Rd.  All I really knew going into it was that it was new and and that the guy who started it (Jeff Varasano) is the “creator of the Internet’s #1 pizza recipe.”  I figured it was worth a try.

The space is fantastic, featuring high ceilings, large windows overlooking Peachtree, bright red walls and booths, and classic Italian liquor posters.  The coolest feature was the open pizza bar where you could sit to watch the pizzateers in action.  We were given the chance to sit there, but having virtually lived in a particular hippie pizza chain for over two years, I know what goes into makin’ pies.

The menu is very simple: salads, pizzas, and desserts.  We were there for the pizza, and agreed that we would each order something different to share amongst the three of us.  They only offer one size, and it is meant for one person, so we ordered three pizzas:

1. The Nana’s – This is their classic New York pizza.  We added pepperoni and mushrooms.       

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2. The Caramelized Onion – With caramelized onion and a sharp Emmenthaler cheese (a type of swiss).  We added prosciutto.

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3. The Nucci – With garlic, arugala, Emmenthaler, capocollo, olives, and herbs. 

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Let me begin by discussing the dough…  Freaking amazing!  I have read that this is the closest thing to New York style crust that you can find outside New York.  I have nothing to compare to, but it almost reminded me of a grilled pita.  I am still really baffled as to how they can make the bottom look grilled, almost burnt in some parts but maintain the moisture and breadiness of the dough.  Perfect combination of crunchy and soft and I’ll go out and say it’s the best pizza dough I’ve tried (and we had pretty good stuff at the hippie place). 

I really couldn’t come up with any complaints because everything was really good, but I would like to make note of a few things.  First, the Emmenthaler cheese that they claim is “sharp”, really did not stand out at all to me.  You would think its taste would stand out since they called it sharp on the menu.  Second, we added prosciutto to our Caramelized Onion pizza.  I was thinking that the saltiness of the prosciutto would go well with the sweetness of the caramelized onion.  The onions were SO sweet (still delicious) that they overpowered the prosciutto and might also be the reason I couldn’t taste the Emmenthaler.  Before we had even taken a bite, the manager came over and warned us that this would be the case.  That would be great if you told your customers these things BEFORE they decided to add it for $3.00.  After the fact you should just keep your mouth shut.  Lastly, the Nucci was an awesome pizza, but the flavor profiles were very strong (with the ingredients that’s not really a surprise), so just be prepared!

Overall, the pizzas were fantabulous and you can tell this guy really knows his pizza.  I highly recommend you pay them a visit.  Varasano’s is located at 2171 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta.  Pizzas range $11-17.
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I know you know your pizza. I will definitely try it out!

Comment by Dayle

The “tricks” to the crust are good flour, fermented dough, and baking for a very short time at a very high temperature. That’s what I learned from Varsano’s website. He learned these tricks by eating and watching, and a lot of trial and error. He more or less “reverse engineered” the best pizzas he could find.

Comment by Paul




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