If you are wise and able, you should arrive in Atlanta the Thursday before Dragon*Con officially starts. That was you can get your badge* if you have pre-registered (or purchase it on-site if you have not), upack, settle into your hotel room and explore the host hotels to figure out where things are. And, if you are really lucky, you can take a quick drive over to the Georgia Tech area and indulge in some of my favorite pizza in America, the Neapolitan style pies at Antico Pizza Napoletana.
We were introduced to Antico by one of Jon’s friends that lives in Atlanta. You order at the counter, snag a table in the front area or in the kitchen, and about five minutes later a blisteringly hot, freshly-prepared Neapolitan pizza is dropped down in front of you. You are not given any plates, just an endless supply of paper towels, and if you want beer or wine you bring it yourself.
This is first rate pizza, guys. I’d easily put it alongside Keste and Motorino up in New York City. The major difference is that Antico’s pies are larger and meant to be shared; they are also sliced, which is not the case with Keste and Motorino. Years of reading food blogs have made me a total snob about Neapolitan style pizza: high-end ingredients, minimal toppings, not too much cheese, tons of char on the crust and underside, a little soggy on the interior, a stellar crust. Antico fulfills all of these requirements.