Athens Tour of Pizza: Sons of Italy (Apr 16)

In case you’re just joining us, a varying and motley crew is going to EVERY pizza place in Athens, one at a time, every Wednesday at noon until we’ve exhausted every option. Next week is Peppino’s, located at Milledge Avenue and Whitehall Rd. If you haven’t come yet, you should. We have a blast.

Mandy and Jon

Sons of Italy changed locations a few years ago, moving from Lumpkin Street to Milledge Avenue (by the Loop exit). As it is a beautiful day and we are all SICK of rain, we chose to eat on the lovely patio. It’s summery; you feel that you’re lounging by a pool, waiting for the Cabana Boy to bring your margarita…where was I? Oh. Pizza. Yes.

Anyway, I have to say as an overall assessment that the pizza was really excellent. The crust was among the best I’ve had; toppings were generous; venue was quite nice. But the WAIT…dear me, the WAIT!!!! I think I am 36, not 35, now. I was there a LONG TIME. Jeez.

Kristen and Tracie

patio

AMBIANCE: 4.1
Quite nice patio. Did I mention that I am sick of rain? Many diners were excited that (attended) doggies are allowed on the patio, and planned to return with their respective pooches. Wesley was completely ecstatic about the decor and toys: “Awesome college spirit schwag and MAJOR STUPID CRAZY AMAZING BOMB-DIGGITY PROPS for having not only two dart boards, but ALSO ORIGINAL Galaga, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros arcade games, plus Addams Family pinball machine!”

PRICING: 3.75
Pricing is very reasonable. $3.95 for a slice, salad, and unlimited Coke (!!!). Toppings are .65. I think this is eminently excellent, but some felt that the whole pies are not a steal ($12.75 for a 16″ cheese).

patio kitty

CRUST: 3.7
Reviewers were extremely polarized on this category. The crust is a hand-tossed kind–closest to Pizza Hut’s hand-tossed crust in texture and taste, without the greasiness. Big fans of super-thin crusts, though, didn’t like it.

SAUCE: 2.95
Not anyone’s favorite. “Pasty and bland,” wrote one reviewer. Several reviewers felt there was too much sauce–the opposite complaint from what is usually the consensus on sauce.

Wesley and Amanda

CHEESE: 3.5
Again, reviewers were divided; some didn’t have enough cheese, some couldn’t taste it, and others loved it (um, me).

TOPPINGS: 2.9
Not the amazing selection that other restaurants have had. VERY basic, with only feta and sun-dried tomatoes possibly qualifying as ‘gourmet.’ They are generous with the toppings, though.

Britni

SERVICE: 2.5
Our server was SUPER SUPER nice, but the wait was INTERMINABLE, which affected service score, inevitably. She brought out pitchers of Cokes/tea, which was really sweet.

SLICE SIZE: 3.3
The smallest we’ve seen, I think. No one seemed to have a big problem with it, though, especially for the price.

Aaron and Clint

DRINKS: 3.4
No liquor license (gasp!), but they have some beer and wine; Coke products, but no Coke Zero (SNIFF).

WAIT TIME: 1.7
Um, we waited a REALLY LONG TIME. Total lunch time was about 1.5 hours. “I came here being 37 and left the big 4-0!” said one reviewer (and when I made a similar joke above, I hadn’t seen his yet. HA!!)

RESTROOMS: 4.0
Clean, with a place to change a baby!!! FOR ONCE!

OVERALL: 2.91

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