Thanksgiving Eve ranks as one of the busiest nights of the year for pizza consumption. According to PR Newswire Domino’s Pizza expects to deliver 1.1 million pizzas on November 26, a considerable increase when weighted against an average Wednesday night.
Millions of other people that night will hand their hard-earned dough (pun intended) over to their favorite neighborhood pizzerias.
Those looking for pizza, but wanting a lighter healthier version should consider one of my favorite kinds. Arugula: the other pizza. You know, the white pizza covered with arugula and some sort of artisan cured meat, usually prosciutto.
In case you think you might have a hankering this Thanksgiving Eve, here are my four favorites in no particular order.
2171 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
What can I say? Called the Nucci, this is the one that started it all for Atlantans, and it’s definitely the lightest of all that made the list. Not only that, it is the most complex with more going on. Varasano uses fruity Emmentaler cheese; it’s laced with lumps of roasted garlic; with every other bite you’ll hit salty olives. And he chooses to use coppa instead of prosciutto, which works really, really well. And what gives this one a little more heart than all the others is the fact that it is named after a good friend. I wish somebody would name food that tastes this good after me.
Campania Pizzeria Napoletana
800 N Main St Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Owners Stu Muller and Jennifer Simmons have hit a home run in Alpharetta with their truly authentic Neapolitan pizzas. And the arugula e prosciutto, their version of the arugula pizza, is among the best in the city. No where else in town will find so much prosciutto on a pizza. I am not sure what their food cost is on this one, and I’m not sure I want to know. The employ two cheeses on this masterpiece: Fior-di-Latte mozzarella & fontina. It is all brought together with a citrusy olive oil drizzle, cherry tomatoes and shaved parmigiano. So beautiful it made the cover of this paper.
12635 Crabapple Rd
Milton, GA 30004
Pizzaiolo Stefano Rea’s has built quite the reputation as one of the best neapolitan pizza chefs in Atlanta. For him, the reputation building began at Campania, but has since moved to Milton. Rea uses a very lemony olive oil, which I do like, and thicker shaves, almost slices, of parmigiano than I’ve ever seen. And oddly, the thicker cuts seem to work surprisingly well. Don’t believe me? Give it a try for yourself.
Don Antonio by Starita
102 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Simply put. You will not find a more perfect pizza crust in all of Atlanta. That much this popular Buckhead pizza destination has going for it. And when it comes to the arugula and prosciutto pizza, that superior crust truly stands out. I only wish that somebody put as much time into the toppings as they did the dough. A showering of dry arugula and prosciutto thrown over the top without much olive oil, no citrusy acidity, or anything resembling complexity for that matter. It honestly wouldn’t take much to take this pizza from almost very good to something truly special.