Before the explosion of restaurants on the North Highland’s corridor of Inman Park, in a former gas station, Fritti has been making the authentic Neapolitan Pizza for over 9 years. If you never had a true Neapolitan pizza, you would know that they are quite different than New World pizzas. The focus here is on fresh from the farm ingredients. In the US, there are 22 pizzerias that have obtained Verace Pizza Napoletana Certification, of which Atlanta has one, Fritti.
To receive this honored status, the pizza must be made according to specific traditional standards using 00 Caputo blue flour for the dough, the sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes, and topped with Mozzarella di bufala cheese made from water buffalo milk. The pizza is then baked in a 750-degree wood-burning oven. To assure the real thing, Riccardo Ullio, Executive Chef/ Owner (Sotto Sotto/ Beleza) decided to bring in a third generation pizzaiolo, Enrico Liberato from Torre Annunziata, Italy to serve as the pizza maker. (Note: the ultra-talented Enrico Liberato has left Fritti and is now the pizzaiolo at Antico Pizza Napoletana- need to go and see if it’s the place or the person that makes the difference)
To enrich the experience of eating real Neapolitan foods, Rose, our waitress, recommended the 2004 Palladio Chianti from a solid reasonably priced Italian wine selection. Its rich aromas of cherries and fresh red fruits with a nice silky, peppery finish beckoned Riccardo’s and Enrico’s creations. To get things going, the Bruschetta made with roasted Divina tomatoes, basil, and the delicate tasting fior di latte mozzarella- “flower of milk” on ciabatta is a perfect blends of summertime flavors. The Funghi Fritti, lightly fried Crimini and Portobello mushrooms in white truffle oil were tasty, but the tender Calamari Fritti with lemon and the house-made marinara was simply unbelievable- one of the best in the city.
Besides pizza, Fritti has created some outrageous kabobs- spiedini. The Manzo- grilled hanger steak marinated with rosemary infused olive oil was flavorful. But, if I had to pick one of these delights, it would be the Gamberi- large white shrimp with salmoriglio, a Sicilian marinade, perfectly grilled so that the smoky, tangy flavors did not overpower the plump shrimp- yummy!!!
But at Fritti it’s all about the pizza. There are 20 traditional and 7 Verace Pizza Napoletana pizzas to tempt any cravings one may have. But what makes these pizzas special is the crust, thin and crisp. The traditional Regina Margherita pizza was created to honor the Queen of Italy. It is a tribute to Italy with its red- sweet San Marzano tomatoes, white-mozzarella di bufala, and green- basil leaves. These heavenly treats get more imaginative with the Braccio di Fero, translates as “arm-wrestling”, a blend of nutty yet sweet Ricotta cheese, sautéed garlic spinach, and of course, the sweet San Marzano tomatoes topped with mozzarella. If smoked flavors are your thing, try the Speck e Rucola with its thinly sliced smoked prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a pile of tangy arugula. For meat-lovers, there is the zesty Salsiccia e Peperoni with sweet spiced Italian sausage mixed with roasted red and yellow peppers. So many choices, just got to go back again and again…
If after your savory palates have been awakened, you might want to come back to earth with one of the heavenly Italian desserts. The panna cotta- an eggless custard drizzled with Carmel and balsamic vinegar, or the torta di formaggi made with ricotta cheese and fresh berries, or mascarpone with rum soaked amaretti would set off some heavenly dreams. To end a perfect evening, Enrico brought out his house-made limoncello- bravo!!!
Fritti is a jewel in Atlanta’s culinary scene. To sit outside on the patio and enjoy such flavors from a pizza, makes for one special evening.
LGBTG FRIENDLY ***** (Great Staff/ Atmosphere)
FOOD ***** (Best Pizzas in Town)
PRICE ***** (The Quality Makes the Price Worthwhile)
AMBIENCE ***** (Patio Dining/ Great Bar)
DRINKS ***** (Fantastic Italian Wine List)
309 North Highland Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Tel: (404) 880-9559
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