At some point, I plan to address the general topic of the state of Italian food in Atlanta. For today, I'll just tell you about my lunch trip to Nancy's Pizza in Buckhead. Nancy's specializes in Chicago-style pizza. That's the thick-crust pizza that often has huge piles of ingredients on top, in contrast to the thin-crust New York style. The New York vs. Chicago pizza debate is a subject in itself; suffice it to say that I've eaten enough pizza in Chicago at several of their well-known establishments.
I got a single slice at Nancy's, which isn't always a good indicator of the experience of a whole, freshly-made pie. But I was a little disappointed. My concerns centered on the sauce, which was almost nonexistent. I did notice a red stain on the crust, so I know they weren't trying to make a white pie. But I couldn't see sauce, let alone taste it. This caused the pizza to be a little dry. More important, the slice lacked the sweet/tart taste that's part of what makes pizza great. For Atlanta pizza, this wasn't bad, but compared to Chicago it wasn't what it could have been.