Westside Pizzeria, Atlanta GA
...Across the street, Westside Pizzeria is quietly doing great business. Ryan Ferrara opened the place in 2004, and the sign at the street calls it “Westside Bar-Café Italiano,” as though Ferrara doesn’t want to be found. Earlier in the week, I’d been exchanging emails with Emily from Spatialdrift and we settled on this place for a Friday night meetup. She and Adam got here a little before us. Marie and I crossed fingers that the baby would be wonderful this evening, and he was, just as polite and well-mannered as a baby can be. (This time!) Getting a small order of fries for him probably helped...
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Westside Bar and Cafe: 2/1/13
It’s the Friday before the Super Bowl, one of the highest pizza-eating days of the year. In fact, it is considered one of the top 3 foods for the big game. We won’t be having pizza on Sunday so we decide to have ours for Date Night.
We are at Westside Pizza because of a recent article in the AJC about two guys who have eaten at 99 pizza places in Atlanta and they deemed Westside the best in the city. The conventionally-cooked pizza here will be judged against two wood-fired Date Night favorites, Antico and Vesuvius.
Westside really isn’t on the trendy Westside area we have been visiting, but is in on the west side of the city. We have a little trouble finding the restaurant because it’s “odd” number address is really on the “even” side of the street, and the name on the sign is actually Westside Bar-Café Italiano. Happily this is the only snag we will run into on this extremely cold night.
Westside is on Marietta Blvd. in “South Smyrna”.
It’s a small, cozy rectangular room with a significant bar and an impressive craft beer menu. The AJC article is framed and strategically placed by the entrance to the kitchen. The seating area is small but it is probably doubled in warm weather months because of a large covered patio that sort of makes us wish we had saved this visit for spring.
The dining room. A lot more can fit outside, but not in this weather.
You enter by the bar and are immediately welcomed by the friendly bartender. It’s around 6pm and we are invited to seat ourselves, so we pick a booth near the bar, and away from the children. The décor reminds us of a local pizza “joint”, not the sterile corporate pizza places that have become the standard these days. It has charm rather than the multi-million dollar trendiness we have experienced in the last few Date Nights.
Our waitress, Courtney greets us as soon as we are seated. The list of beer on draught is on a chalkboard across the room. It is hard to choose but since we rarely see Bell’s best brown on tap, and it was our favorite selection of the night during our “5 Bells of Christmas” beer dinner (Date Night #53, 12/13/12). We both order this rich brown brew.
Bells Best Brown, served in Red Brick glasses.
The menu has an appealing list of appetizers and we are tempted by the Fried Ravioli. When Courtney says it’s her favorite, the deal is finalized and we put in our order.
How do you make ravioli better? Fry it!
We choose well as they are spiced and crunchy on the outside and delightfully cheesy on the inside. The dipping sauce is a happy preview of what will be on our pizza.
The menu contains much more than “just” pizza, but we are staying with our Super bowl theme and do not really consider the calzones, salads, traditional Italian dishes or subs. There are many specialty pizzas, or you can create your own. It’s thin crust and you can choose between 10, 14 or 18 inch pies. If you go with the 10 inch, you can have whole wheat crust.
We are interested in variety and in honor of the New Orleans Super Bowl we order a 10” Cajun pizza on a regular crust, and a 10” Margherita on the whole wheat crust.
Cajun pizza. Mamma mia, it’s spicy!
The Andouille sausage and blackened chicken are spicy enough to make any Cajun proud and our Bell’s Browns help to put out the fire.
The Margherita pie has a beautiful taste of basil in every bite.
Margherita pizza. Can you smell the basil?
It’s less cheesy, and since we ordered the whole wheat, we accept the fact that his crust is not as crispy, but it is still thin and delicious.
There are no leftovers, and there is no room for dessert. The pizza and beer is so good we don’t feel like we miss out on anything. We see why Westside gets good ratings in the blogging world. It looks like they are doing a thriving delivery/takeout business as well. Let’s hope they are ready for what will be a busy day on Sunday. We’ll try to visit again in the spring so we can enjoy the deck and do our part to monitor quality control!
This is an area I passed frequently while growing up traveling between my childhood home in Marietta and my grandparents’ home in Atlanta that was always in a state of disrepair, so it’s nice to see it fixed up and doing well.
We settled in and got started with some draught beer – Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and RJ Rockers Son of a Peach. We were tempted by the “fire sticks,” spicy mozzarella sticks with ranch dressing, and ordered those as well.
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and RJ Rockers Son of a Peach
Fire sticks – spicy mozzarella sticks with ranch
For dinner, we ordered the ultimate calzone ($9.75), a medium pesto chicken pizza ($14.75), and a Sicilian ($14.75).
The ultimate calzone – pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, seasoned beef, mushrooms, onions & green peppers.
Pesto chicken pizza.
Sicilian pizza – pepperoni, sweet & spicy italian sausage, garlic, mushrooms & roma tomatoes.
We thought all the food was good, particularly the pizzas and the calzone. The mozzarella sticks were fine, but they didn’t shine like the pizzas and the calzone. The calzone was oozing with cheese and delicious ingredients. The pizzas had well-distributed toppings and nice thin crusts that weren’t too crispy or too moist.
The help was very friendly and the vibe in the restaurant was good. The prices were good, too. This is a better than average pizza joint, as far as we’re concerned. This is the best pizza I’ve had in Atlanta in a while, ever since Oz pizza beat a retreat from Decatur and only has locations to the far south and west of me. If someone called me today and said “Let’s go get pizza tonight,” Westside Pizzeria is where we’d go. 4 stars.
Check out the Marie, Let’s Eat! review of Westside.
2341 Marietta Boulevard NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Overall: Westside Pizzeria is located in Atlanta Georgia. This restaurant received three and a half out of five stars rated by 28 reviewers. Westside Pizzeria does offer delivery and does offer take out. They do have outdoor seating and do not accept reservations. They do accept credit cards. They are recommended for dinner.
Food: Westside Pizzeria offers Italian cuisine. Many reviewers enjoyed the different types of pizza that is offered here, this was highly recommended by many diners. Some diners found the food to be mediocre in comparison to similar dishes they had consumed elsewhere. Most diners found the prices to be reasonable. This restaurant serves a full bar.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Westside Pizzeria was noted to be casual and comfortable. It is good for groups and is good for children. It has an average noise level and casual attire. They offer street parking and are wheelchair accessible.
Service: The service at Westside Pizzeria was rated by many patrons as friendly and efficient. With a few exceptions, most diners found that the servers were very attentive and helpful.