When discussing the crowded pizza plate in Atlanta, the first place that usually comes up is Antico. It’s good pizza, but you have to wait in line and forget about going there when it’s busy. Date Night visits a pizza purveyor in Roswell that you may not have heard of. The Real Fix is making some pretty palate-pleasing pies that are as good as Antico. Toss in table service and no lines, and suddenly we have no reason to drive downtown.
The Real Fix is located in one of the historic buildings right next to the busy strip on Canton Street in “downtown” Roswell. It’s a nice space that is dominated by two large wood-fired ovens.
Evidently these are gen-u-ine Italian ovens from Italy. The interior bricks are made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius. We are not making this up. Anyway, there’s a little bit of the old country in every bite. And, as we shall see, there’s a lot of love that goes into every pizza.
We are joined on our lunch date by our friends Bev and Charlie, who we have not seen in almost three years. That’s why you are going to see lots of “pizza porn” in this review. We all start off with Peroni, the only beer they have on tap. We’re too busy talking and not taking pictures, so you will have to take our word that for beer snobs like us, the Peroni tastes likes flavored water. It’s nice and light and certainly acceptable for lunch as it doesn’t make you sleepy for the rest of the day.
Each couple shares a salad, which we didn’t photograph either. What’s wrong with us? Too busy talking. The salads are nicely done and one can easily be shared with your date. They even split the plate for you in the kitchen if you tell them you are sharing.
There’s a cool sign telling you how you can eat your pizza.
Yes, you can get fried pizza at The Real Fix. Why not take a perfectly “healthy” meal like pizza and fry it? None of us are willing to take the plunge. You can get thin crust with your choice of ingredients or Neapolitan with cute names. We all go for the Neapolitan style. It must be the names. Like the “Get Crackin'”.
Are you a pistachio pizza person? If you are, this one is for you. Pistachio pesto, capicola, Brussels sprouts and candied pistachios top this pie. Is this a good time to talk about the pizza dough? Let’s take a look at Eve’s pizza, the “Bianca”.
As the name suggests, this is a white pizza. Ricotta, mozzarella, pecorino, basil and garlic olive oil are in this one. The garlic oil gives it an incredible aroma. Garlic-loving vegetarians will like this pie. Now what about that pizza crust? Fugheddaboutit!
That’s the name of Charlie’s pizza. It’s got pepperoni, bacon and ricotta. The pizza dough at Real Fix is made from the proper Double Zero flour and is leavened for at least 96 hours before it’s made. They use a mother dough that’s 15 years old. Imagine having the responsibility of taking care of the mother dough. Anyway, you will notice this crust. When it’s cooked in those wood-fired ovens, you get an incredible pizza. My pizza is the “5 Boroughs”.
Meatballs, eggplant, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil sit atop the crust. I have not had a pizza this good in a long time. Two people can split a pizza here. We wanted leftovers, and that’s why we all ordered our own.
The Bottom Line on The Real Fix: This is great pizza. At $15 a pop, it’s not cheap, but you gotta pay if you want to play with Neapolitan pizzas. Why go downtown when you can excellent pizza outside the perimeter. If you live near the Real Fix, you should try it. As a bonus, you might even get a parking place in front. As we know, this is hard to do in some parts of Roswell.
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[…] Ah, the holidays. Time to eat, reflect on the past year, and then eat some more. And eat we did in 2016, publishing 34 reviews of restaurants all over Atlanta. From north to south, we traveled the city to bring you what we like to call “the best restaurant blog that nobody reads”. Actually, someone reads this blog as we had over 8500 visitors who read 18,000 reviews this year. In case you were wondering, our most-read post was our review of The Real Fix in January. […]