Pizza Preview

Hey heyyy. First things first- check out my precious offspring on the FlatOut blog HERE.

Now that I have that out of my system, not too much to report from today. We took a walk with Jack’s neighborhood buddies, ran to Bed Bath & Beyond to replenish our dwindling coffee supply (horrors), then hurried home to wait out yet another crazy thunderstorm.

I planned on making dinner tonight, but then my mom invited us over for meatloaf… and… who am I to pass up a homecooked- and not by me- meal?

SO. Instead I will tell you about our Atomic Pie experience this weekend.

Atomic Pie is a pizza place that recently opened near our house. We were beyond excited to hear that it was going in because we have a serious lack of restaurants within walking distance from our house. By lack, I mean TWO. Unless you count Wendy’s & Taco Bell, which I don’t. I was a little sad to find out that it was more of a takeout than sit-down kind of place (they do have a few tables), but whatever. We’ll take what we can get.

On Saturday night we were both hungry and came across the Atomic Pie menu. We ordered a large pizza with grilled chicken, mushrooms and fresh basil, along with a panzanella salad. I was thrilled to see the panzanella on the menu; I’ve had a special place in my heart for that salad ever since we made it in culinary school. The lady on the phone told Brian that the salad would definitely be enough for two to share, and that our order would be ready in 30 minutes.

Fast forward 35 minutes later. Brian walks in with the food. Does the pizza look familiar?

The two guys who opened Atomic Pie used to work at Campisi’s, hence the thin crust/oval shape. Here’s what I liked:

  • Good quality toppings- Fresh basil and tender grilled chicken
  • Sauce- Rich, tomato-y, and perfect consistency. I like that little edge of sauce that eeeks out past the cheese line.
  • Not too greasy
  • Crust managed to be thin yet not tough or cracker-like. And no charred spots, which ALWAYS seems to happen with thin crust pies.

Here’s what I did NOT like:

  • Pizza was cold, even though I’m pretty sure Brian got there right at 30 minutes post-ordering.
  • Toppings are a little pricey. $1.50 each, which can either be good or bad. GREAT for grilled chicken, but not so awesome for mushrooms.
  • Needed salt. I never salt my pizza but this one needed it.

Now for the salad:

Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit that we have healthy appetites around here- but really? This is supposed to serve 2 people? Maybe the lady on the phone was just mistaken. Next time TWO salads. The other unfortunate detail that I overlooked is that the beauty of panzanella is how the stale bread absorbs the salad dressing and softens. However, when the dressing is served on the SIDE, what you end up with are essentially bread jawbreakers. The basil (that’s ALL basil up there- no lettuce!), tomatoes and kalamata olives were lovely, though. And the basil vinaigrette was perfect. So lesson learned: Two salads, no panzanella.

The Atomic menu is pretty extensive, and from reading the Yelp reviews it seems like we need to try out the sliders. The braised roast sounds amazing as well. I’m just going to chalk this one up to poor ordering and give them another shot, because all of the reviews have been stellar and we REALLY need more restaurants like this in our hood.

Has anyone else tried Atomic Pie? Thoughts?

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3 Responses to Pizza Preview

  1. Kathy says:

    Hey Heather! We’ve eaten at AP quite a bit since it opened (my son’s new fave pizza place) and I have to agree with much of your review. Not sure how they can figure that their salads are big enough for two?!? And yeah, $1.50/topping can add up quickly … Also, sometimes I just need to be able to order a standard “veggie” or whatever pizza w/o having to pick and choose every ingredient. Hope that makes sense …

    The good news, though, is that they are expanding, so there will be more table space in the near future. They tried to get the space to the left (facing AP) but the city denied their CO b/c of lack of parking (?) so word is they’ll go into the space to the right of AP.

    I do hope they can make a go of it … As you said, we need more good restaurants nearby. We’re doing our part, I know that much …

    Have a great day!

  2. Jill says:

    I’ve eaten there twice and both times I thought it was really good. We ate in the restaurant, the pizza was really hot, I think it was straight out of the oven. I had their house salad, which is just like Campisi’s. It didn’t disappoint. Sorry you had a bad experience, you should give it one more try.

    My only complaint is their drink situation is bad, they only have bottle drinks and no ice.

  3. denise dewitt says:

    Loved the pic of the “official” taste tester on the Flatout blog!! He is their best advertisement!! They should have sent you tickets to the Indianapolis 500!! Love ya’ll……

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