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Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs

posted on July 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm
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RESTAURANT REVIEW:
I am no expert when it comes to New York pizza, but I think I have found a pretty good spot that seems to have been around for a while. I was driving down the road and made a u-turn to grab a slice at this place. You would never know it was there if you were not looking for it. It is tucked in a small strip of shops across the street from the large shopping center on Hammond Drive. I gotta say it was pretty darn good pizza. Good crust, well-balanced sauce, the right amount of cheese, and the perfect size for folding. The calzones also looked wicked. Let me know what you think.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address: 276 Hammond Drive
Phone: (404) 252-0147
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10 comments

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · July 16, 2007  8:05 PM

    I live in Sandy Springs and can attest that this is one of the better pizza joints in this neck of the woods. I regularly order from them, as well as Ray’s and Johnny’s. I just ordered from Il Forno for the first time and thought it was pretty good (though my wife thought the brick oven technique resulted in ‘burned’ tasting pizza – I didn’t agree but FWIW).

    I used to live in Brookhaven and if I didn’t want Pizza Hut/Dominoes/Papa Johns, my only choice was to pick up Mellow Mushroom. It’s nice to have more options now.

    For Atlanta (I used to live in NYC and gained 15 pounds eating the pizza there), I’ve been pretty impressed with the offerings in this new city.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · July 25, 2007  3:56 PM

    I work around the corner from Napoli and think that, next to Rosa’s, it is the best “NY Style” pizza in Atlanta (though I haven’t eaten at all of them.) Its the crust that makes the pizza here, with that great cripsy surface and just a slightly soft center. I go at least once a week, grab a Creative Loafing outside, sit down and catch a little CNBC or ESPN and enjoy a couple slices (or occasionally a meatball sandwich or baked ziti just to mix it up.) Highly recommended. Thanks for mentioning this great little place.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Jeremy · July 27, 2007  8:04 AM

    I’ve driven by this place dozens of times but haven’t ever gone in… sounds like I should! I live in Dunwoody but work in Midtown, and I’ve taken a great liking to Cameli’s Gourmet Pizza on Ponce – any thoughts?

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · August 4, 2007  8:48 PM

    There is a pizza place near the Chamblee police station, the name of which escapes me presently, which is pretty good. The proprietor traveled back to his native NYC to get his seed dough.

    It’s pretty good stuff.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · January 5, 2008  8:32 PM

    For those of us in this neck of the woods Napolis, formerly Zapolis, and formerly Johnny’s, with a menu that never changed, is a Sandy Springs tradition. I can remember getting pies here for at least 30 years. The chef, Hose, is very experienced, and he makes everything perfect, every time. Great for eat in, take out, or delivery. The Calzones are to die for. My favorite, however, is Spaghetti Marinara with Italian Sausage. Yumm. Perfect with the Greek Salad.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · February 1, 2008  6:22 PM

    I wanted something other than my usual Johnnys pizza so I just drove from buckhead to sandy springs to pick up a pizza. I drove home opened it up and the pie was too small for the box, so all of the edges were curled. Even though I order a whole pie (to avoid old pizza) they took one of the old ones, through my toppings on and reheated it. It was not good at all. I had to scrape the toppings and cheese off it tasted so bad. really not good, I don’t know what happened but my pie looked nothing like yours did in the picture. I won’t go back. Maybe if it was fresh with only cheese it would be good, but I doubt it.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · February 2, 2008  4:58 AM

    I had the same experience recently. The pizza does not travel well at all. My best experiences have been with slices at lunch when they are making lots of fresh pies. There is much better pizza to be had though.

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · February 26, 2008  9:12 AM

    I’ve worked around the corner from Napoli for years, and now live around the corner, too. The pizza is amazing if you eat in, but no, it doesn’t travel well, and you should not get it delivered because there’s no telling what it’s been through (timewise) before it arrives.

    Most pizza places do NOT cook pies to order, (except factories like papa johns) they cook batches of cheese pies all at once and then top them according to request when you order. Napoli’s no different than many other places in that way. It gets you pizza a lot faster.

    Napoli generally uses a LOT of topping. If we’re ordering sausage, for example, we order “light” sausage.

    Hot out of the oven, the crust is amazing, and they use just the right amount of some really delicious sauce.

    I, too go in periodically, grab a CL, and enjoy a slice!

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: lenny · July 8, 2008  7:24 PM

    Ok so I took it upon myself to conduct a little test – Il Forno vs. Napoli… and I hate to admit it, but Il Forno won by a landslide. Their pizza was so incredibly good – my only regret was that I didn’t order enough! The baklava was pretty delicious too.

    Now, I know I should’ve taken the “it doesn’t travel well” warning about Napoli to heart – but seriously, I only live like 3 minutes away. By the time I got home the pizza not only looked old, but it tasted pretty old as well. Even if I got an old batch, I still wouldn’t risk it again knowing that Il Forno is right around the corner. I’ll just stick with them for the time being. Next stop – ROSAS!!

  • Re: Napoli New York Style Pizzeria: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · December 10, 2008  3:11 PM

    I swear the guys above must work for il forno, because I’ve had their pizza, and it’s beyond dry. Besides who the heck types out the full address with phone number and website info? I hate when people make fake reviews and comments to drum up business. Anyway back on topic, I started going to naploi a few months back and it’s as close to home (Queens) as I’ve found anywhere outside NY. The crust and sauce there is just perfect.

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