Amalfi Pizza – A Taste Italy in Downtown Atlanta

Amalfi Pizza, Atlanta’s newest dining destination, recently opened offering an authentic Italian experience. Being a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria with fresh ingredients from the Campania region of Italy, I was very excited to try their menu. As I walk up to entrance, it felt like I had entered Italy, passing through a beautiful courtyard complete with lime trees and fresh herbs growing along the pathway.

Photo Provided by Amalfi Pizza
Photo Provided by Amalfi Pizza

As I climbed the stairway and entered the restaurant, I was taken aback by its beauty.  Immediately my eyes focused on two huge pizza ovens. Imported from Italy, these 6000 pound wood-burning brick ovens bake pizzas in under a minute. Wow!

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Originating in and the true pizza of Naples in the 1600s, Vera Pizza Napoletana is 12 inches or less in size, made from simple fresh quality ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and cooked at temperatures in excess of 900 degrees in approximately 60 seconds.

Led by Executive Chef Luis Vargas, Amalfi Pizza offers a wonderful selection of authentic Italian cuisine, including Neapolitan-style pizzas, pasta dishes, salads, and deserts. And they are simply fantastic! Take a look at what I noshed on during my recent visit.

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I started my experience with the Caprese Di Bufala. Made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, this salad was a sure sign that the dishes to come were going to be amazing.

And that they were! Next came the Verdura Pizza and their House Specialty, the Pizza Carnevale. Amazing! Let me tell about the Verdura Pizza first. This pizza was perfectly adorned with broccoli rabe, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, peppadew peppers, fresh basil, fior Di latte, and Pecorino Romano. So tasty!! The freshness of the vegetable were the stars of this pizza. I enjoyed every bite!

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Next on the table was their house specialty, the Pizza Carnevale. This cheesy treat features pockets of house-made ricotta cheese stored in a specially formed crust. Not only is it delicious, it’s pretty cool to see being made.

At this point I was stuffed! Our waiter insisted that we end our fabulous meal with a Cannoli. Ahhh!! Why must you tempt me?!?! She went on to describe this dessert and I was sold. Bring it! With a freshly whipped cream filling this Cannoli definitely hit the spot. The perfect ending to a lovely Italian culinary experience.

Photo Credit: Shana Lee

Amalfi Pizza is open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Stop by and say hello! While you’re there, head downstairs to Red Phone Booth for a few crafted cocktails.

Amalfi Pizza

17 Andrew Young International Blvd

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Hours:

Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm

Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm

 

*I received this meal complimentary. As always, all comments and opinions are that of my own. Thank you Amalfi Pizza for a lovely evening!

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Red Phone Booth: Downtown Atlanta’s Newest Speakeasy Experience 

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You receive a telephone number to use at 17 Andrew Young International Boulavard. You arrive at the address. There’s a red phone booth. You look around. This must be it. You enter the booth and pull out the phone number you were given. XXX-XXX-XXXX. And just like in those old spy movies, a hidden door opens. You now step into a speakeasy situation. You have entered the Red Phone Booth.

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After the closure of Prohibition, its owners are now introducing downtown Atlanta to the newest hot destination. The speakeasy themed establishment features ” restored original brick floors, a honey onyx bar, intimate fireplace, custom Italian leather couches, hand-painted ceiling with back lighting.” It is sure to be a favorite destination Atlantans and visitors alike.

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Photo Credit: Red Phone Booth
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Photo Credit: Red Phone Booth

In addition to its beautiful atmosphere, you can also enjoy some of Atlanta’s best crafted cocktails. I had the opportunity to experience a couple of these amazing cocktails last night. I totally recommend the Whiskey Sour. It was beautifully made by expert bartender, Bob. Go see him! With 100% fresh squeezed juices, the rarest liquors, and a heavy arsenal of accompanying ingredients, you are set to sip on libations like no other.

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Whiskey Sour

 

 

Red Phone Booth will also offer small plates with a variety of items to nosh on. The Caprese Salad is delicious!  In early September you can also enjoy an authentic Italian menu with the opening of Amalfi Pizza. The restaurant features two, 6000 pound wood-burning brick ovens imported from Italy. Amazingly, with temperatures up to 900 degrees, pizza will bake in these ovens in 60 seconds. Wow!!

If you’re looking to rent a portion of the Red Phone Booth for a private event, consider their “mob-style” kitchen. It comes equipped with poker and pool tables for all of your entertaining needs. Just off of the space is the humidor, which is stocked with finest hand rolled cigars. Cigar aficionados be sure to take a gander.

Red Phone Booth opens to the public tonight. Do you have the secret number?

 

Red Phone Booth

17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Ste 100

Atlanta, Georgia 30303