Name: Double Zero Napoletana
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: Sandy Springs
Address: 5825 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (404) 991-3666
The holidays were kind to me. More specifically, the holidays were kind to my stomach. Lol. While taking the month of December off to just relax, regroup, and revamp ATLBiteLife.com, I pretty much enjoyed 30 days of unbridled, no holds barred eating. I drove all over the East and North sides of the city checking out all the new spots I hadn't tried yet and catching back up on some of my old favorites. But, by far and away, two restaurants in particular set the stage for the BEST DINING EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. One of them was Double Zero Napoletana.
Now, in all fairness to the other spots I visited, I have to denote that I did visit Double Zero about an hour and a half before close on Christmas Eve. So, maybe I caught the staff at the height of their holiday spirit. That would explain why EVERYONE from the valet guy to the owner was over-the-top friendly and went out of their way to make sure that I would become a regular customer.
|Main Dining Area 1|
|Main Dining Area 2|
Then, there was the food. After perusing the menu for a few minutes, I noticed one major thing - NONE of the pizzas had PEPPERONI. I know, to some, this may seem like a very base observation but I thought I was coming to a PIZZA restaurant. Instead, what I got was an Italian experience. My waiter, David, not only explained the menu but also gave me a history lesson on all the things that made Double Zero unique including the name "Double Zero" which refers to the finely ground flour used to make Neapolitan pizza. Unfortunately, because I walked in under the naive premise that I was just gonna grab a pizza and maybe a salad, I wasn't prepared to try some of the more appealing (and expensive) dishes that I saw. So, I played it safe - I ordered a Mozzarella Al Forno and a pizza called The American.
|Mozzarella Al Forno|
|The American Pizza|
All and all, the food, the service, the drink. . . . in a word - WOW!!!
There are a couple of things to beware of though. First, Double Zero could be considered slightly pricey for anyone who was just looking to grab a large pie. Remember, this place definitely leans more towards fine dining than casual fare (as opposed to Antico's somewhat similar concept) . And, because of how their dough is prepared, Double Zero is VERY strict about how they will and will NOT serve their pizza. There is actually a disclaimer on their website menu that reads -
"we DO NOT server our pizzas to-go, cut into slices, or with unlimited toppings. You may, however, eliminate toppings just not substitute."This is definitely not Pizza Hut. Finally, if you are looking for a hearty meal, you may want to veer towards their pastas or their main entrees. As I mentioned earlier, the pizzas are thin and they're only about 12 inches. You could easily devour a whole one in one setting. To me, they're more appetizer-ish than main course.
Even still, in spite of the smaller pizzas not quenching my larger appetite, I will definitely be back. The atmosphere is so fly and there are so many things on the menu that I wanna try. If they can continue match the service that I got on this trip, they will have a fan for life.
So, when are you going to make your reservation??
Happy Eating and Happy New Year!!!
What's Great: Food, Service, Ambiance
What Ain't: Price
Ideal For: Dinner, Date Night