Perched at the top of the “V” of the intersection of Laredo and N. Clarendon in Avondale Estates, just east of Atlanta, is the new second location of Savage Pizza. Though the décor of the new restaurant has a modern feel, the familiar comic book character theme from the original Savage Pizza in Atlanta’s Little Five Points prevails. Comic books, a passion of Myron Monsky, one of the partners, have been part of Savage Pizza since it opened in 1990. “The theme resonates with young and not so young children,” says partner Field Coxe, with a wry grin. A large Superman action figure sitting on the counter greets customers as they enter the restaurant and the brightly colored walls are covered with comic paraphernalia.
The menu at the family friendly restaurant is the same as the Little Five Points’ location. “We’ve developed a little bit of a brand,” said Coxe, “so we didn’t feel a need to make any changes to menu. What distinguishes us from other pizzas is our sauce,” he says. “All of them are made at the store. It gives them more dimension and flavor.” Other Savage touches include grating the mozzarella cheese in-house and brining the shrimp for the Cajun Pizza to keep it moist and flavorful during the baking process. The menu features pizzas, calzones, subs and salads. Specialty calzones include spinach, chicken and Mexican. Specialty pizzas include white-on-white, white-on-red, chicken cordon bleu, Mediterranean, and chicken Florentine. Prices for large pizzas range from $12.75 for plain cheese to $22 for chicken cordon bleu. Beer and wine are served.
Partners Coxe, Monsky and Michele Hennessy were looking for a space in Decatur, when they became of aware of the Avondale Estates location, not far from the DeKalb Farmers’ Market. The restaurant is a welcome addition to the DeKalb County city and surrounding neighborhoods, joining a growing number of eateries within walking distance for area residents. There is inside seating at tables and a small number of stools at the counter. Additional seating is available outside on an enclosed deck.
Judging from the traffic over opening weekend, the new Savage Pizza is off to a savory start.
115 Laredo Dr., Avondale Estates, Ga.
Hours: Sunday -Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11p.m.