16 Atlanta pizzas you must order for takeout

All these pies are winners—but only one is the ultimate takeout food of all


If you want a Sicilian pie:

Junior's Sicilian
Junior’s Sicilian

Photograph by Martha Williams

We weren’t expecting to love this pie as much as we do. It’s up against tough competition from Gio’s, yet we couldn’t stop dreaming about its luscious, tomato-y flavor and thick yet airy crust. 77 Georgia Avenue, Summerhill

Double Mozzarella
Gio’s Sicilian
This Sicilian shop, part of Giovanni Di Palma’s Little Italia compound, puts out beautiful, sturdy pies. We love the addition of creamy fior di latte to contrast the charred, flavorful dough. 1099 Hemphill Avenue, Home Park 

If you’re seeking a regional pie:

Nina & Rafi Detroit Red Top
Nina & Rafi Detroit Red Top

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Detroit Red Top
Nina & Rafi
Spina returned to Old Fourth Ward at Nina & Rafi (he’s since parted ways with the kitchen). Remarkably, his Detroit Red Top blew away even the most ardent Grandma Pie devotees. 661 Auburn Avenue, Old Fourth Ward

Grandma Pie
O4W Pizza
When it first appeared in Old Fourth Ward, Anthony Spina’s Jersey-style Grandma Pie (kinda like a thinner Sicilian) drew a cult following. Since relocating to Duluth, its fanbase is no less rabid. 3117 Main Street, Duluth

If you’re looking for something chef-driven:

MTH Pizza "We Say Potato ..."
MTH Pizza “We Say Potato …”

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“We Say Potato …”
MTH Pizza
This hip spot from the Muss & Turner’s team is a gift to Cobb Countians and the rest of us. We adore this pie topped with fingerlings, ricotta, garlic, crisped rosemary, and caramelized onions. 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna

Double Zero
We dig the artisan quality of these charmingly misshapen, rustic pies. The Stagione is graced with garlic oil, trumpet and shiitake mushrooms, Emmental cheese, confit shallot, and chard. 1577 North Decatur Road, Emory Village

If you want to turn up the heat:

Varuni Napoli Porecca Picante
Varuni Napoli Porecca Picante

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Porreca Piccante
Varuni Napoli
Locations in Midtown and Krog Street Market
This pie is fresh; it holds up even on a long drive home. Spicy peppers and soppressata add heat, but ’nduja (spreadable pork salumi) and potent basil make this the king of spicy pies.

591 Edgewood Avenue, Old Fourth Ward
The sweet tomato sauce is the star of this pie, a perfect base for the spicy soppressata and tangy, slightly vinegary Calabria peppers. Add ricotta ($4) to help balance the spice.

If you want a Neapolitan pie:

D.O.P. Antico Margherita
D.O.P. Antico Margherita

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Margherita D.O.P.
It was an instant phenomenon in 2009, revolutionizing Atlanta’s current pizza game. Today, it anchors a mini-empire of Italian magnificence. And this modest margherita remains the star. Locations in Home Park, the Battery, and Avalon

Regina Margherita
The pizzeria flanking Ricardo Ullio’s iconic Sotto Sotto was way ahead of the pizza curve in 2000. And no matter how many new pies continue to materialize, we’ll remain fans of this trusty pizza. 309 North Highland Avenue, Inman Park

Grana Margherita
Grana Margherita

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This newcomer, from the team behind the White Bull, serves a pie with crazy-flavorful tomato sauce and a supercharred crust. That flavor combo makes for a standout pizza. 1835 Piedmont Avenue, Piedmont Heights

Margherita Di Bufala
An early pioneer of the city’s Neapolitan pizza movement, Varasano’s offers magnificently subtle margherita with buttery mozzarella and a crust with a pronounced sourdough tang. Locations in Buckhead and Hartsfield-Jackson

If you want a great single slice:

Pizza Jeans Plain Cheese
Pizza Jeans Plain Cheese

Photograph by Martha Williams

Pizza Jeans
Made with Root Baking Co.’s naturally leavened dough, Pizza Jeans’ lightly charred, generously sized slices stand out in a crowded field of exceptional pizza—new and otherwise. Ponce City Market, Old Fourth Ward

This pizza occupies a special place in the hearts of longtime Atlantans. Open since ’82, Fellini’s slings distinctive pies—a little bit Neapolitan, a little bit New York. And they still stand up. Seven metro Atlanta locations

Labella's Plain Cheese
Labella’s Plain Cheese

Photograph by Martha Williams

Plain Cheese
Labella’s came along a decade after Fellini’s but it somehow feels even older—and is nearly indistinguishable in dingy vibe and spot-on execution from a Brooklyn hole-in-the-wall. 2635 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

Plain Cheese
We dig the texture of the crust on these New York–style slices—far sturdier than the intentionally soggy-in-the-middle Neapolitan and yet a little airier than a typical Brooklyn pie. 659 Auburn Avenue, Old Fourth Ward

Our favorite overall: Nina & Rafi’s Detroit Red Top

If you’re going to start with one Atlanta pizza, make it this pie—but then, make haste to the other 15.