At this quintessential in-and-out pizza joint, you're likely to see at least one of the family members tossing dough or working the register. The one thing you won't see? Cans of ingredients. This here's fresh pie.Pizza chains may come and pizza chains may go, but Atena has lasted 18 years and, if its regulars have anything to say about it, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. For those stuck in a pizza rut, this tiny little shop hidden in a Sandy Springs shopping center can sling pies with the best of 'em. For nearly two decades, Atena has satisfied many a hankering for hot, fresh pies, and unlike the big competitors, this place takes things a step further with fresh-made dough each day, and fresh ingredients that never come from a can. "Our secret's in the sauce," owner Tugui confided. It's a tangy Mediterranean variety, deliciously spiked with plentiful amounts of garlic, basic, oregano and peppers, and it accents good ol' fashioned cheese and pepperoni pies just as well as those topped with spinach and feta.
Atena is, as many Sandy Springs pizza aficionados might claim, above and beyond the goopy, creepily bright yellow cheese-triangles slopped out at the nearby pizza chains. It's a quintessential little in-and-out pizza joint, where you're likely to see at least one of the family members tossing dough or working the register. Yessir, this is a pizza place that we can count on being around for a while.
Gourmet Pizza, $10.99 (small) to $16.99 (large)
Pizza, One Topping, $4.77 (8") to $14.38 (16")
Italian Calzone, $11.99
Steak Sub, $6.99
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight