Romeo’s New York Pizza

Emory students and Druid Hills residents are now discovering what suburbanites north of the city already know: There is more to our pizza culture than the expensive Neapolitan pies that have dominated the scene for the last several years. Owner Gene Romeo’s grandfather started a pizza place in New Jersey in 1945; the grandson started franchises first in Johns Creek, then in Alpharetta, Lawrence-ville, and Canton. The restaurant’s first venture inside the Perimeter, in Emory Village, opened in October and delivers a true New York experience: thin, crisp, foldable crust that holds ingredients without turning to a sodden mess; zesty red sauce; and toppings that cost $1.40 to $1.90 apiece. A $6 lunch deal gets you either two slices and a drink, or one slice, a drink, and a small salad. Look for log-shaped stromboli and try a pie crowned with ricotta, onions, and meatballs, a recommendation from one of the pizza makers.