Restaurant Spotlight Ammazza

At the initial mention of a new pizza spot opening in Atlanta, you may be more than a little hesitant. Especially when you consider just how many have come and gone within a few years time, all promising to be the next great innovator of this American food favorite. Despite the overpopulation of this food genre, Ammazza, located in the trendy neighborhood of Old Fourth Ward, aims to be the exception to the rule that too much of a good thing is never enough.

The Napoletana-style wood fired pizza here is full of the innovation and indulgent taste that makes pizza so appealing. The brainchild of brothers Hugh and Jason Connerty, their vision for Ammazza was simple, "...to make the best Napoletana-style pizza." They also go on to state the overall driving force behind wanting to delve into this type of pizza restaurant. "With our goal to create the highest quality pizza, we import only essential ingredients from Italy and have focused on finding superior and sustainable meat and produce by sourcing in our own community farms that are a short drive to our front door.

The end result is a truly special wood-fired pizza, [which] is a proud homage to [the] Pizza Napoletana tradition, but of higher quality than anything created thus far." The decor includes high ceilings, an open pizza kitchen that allows patrons to see the wood-burning oven cooking their order, a dark color palette and exposed brick walls that call to the familiar and friendly nature of a local pizza joint. There are other menu options at Ammazza, but since the pizza is the focal point, let's start there.

Some of the notable winners in the pizza pie contest include: Capricciosa (roasted artichokes, shaved ham, wild mushrooms, olives, basil, mozzarella), Terra (white pizza with wild mushrooms, mozzarella, goat cheese, and basil and truffle oil), Carne (pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, mozzarella, olive oil, basil) and Bolognese, featuring meatballs, Italian sausage, mozzarella, ricotta and fresh basil. Pasta dishes also get a taste of the spotlight with such notable fare as Pomodoro Caprese (roma tomatoes, mozzarella, basil olive oil, balsamic vinegar) and Polpete with meatballs, tomato sauce, romano, mozzarella and ricotta.

No Italian meal would be complete without traditional desserts, and here you have the choice of Cannoli, Torta Caprese (flourless chocolate almond cake topped with chocolate ganache) and Sfogliatelle, which is a clam-shaped pastry filled with citrus ricotta cream. The beverage menu is filled with general soft drinks, tea, beer, wine and mixed cocktails. Ammazza is located at 591 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 404-314-7300. Operating hours are: 5 p.m. - midnight Sundays-Thursdays; 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information visit www.ammazza.com . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.