The 7 Hottest New Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

Review from ZAGAT

By Christopher Hassiotis – For the ZAGAT
September 2, 2014

America’s favorite imported cuisine is arguably Italian. From hearty northern fare to light, spicy bites from its southern and coastal regions, there are plenty of new options to enjoy around Atlanta. Here are seven spots to put on your must-try list.

Varuni Napoli

Enthusiastic pizzaiolo Luca Varuni, formerly of Antico, opened his own spot earlier this year. Using two massive imported pizza ovens, the team brings the neighborhood Neapolitan-style pies, crisp calzones and snacks like arancini and panzerotti

Must-Try Dish: The Bastardo pizza ($19) has a piquant bite thanks to its combination of pepperoni and pork nduja sausage

Good to Know: Varuni Napoli makes its own limoncello. Wrap up your meal with a sip.

Neighborhood: Morningside/Lenox Park

1540 Monroe Dr. NE; 404-709-2690