Spinach, ricotta and tomato pizza. Photo by Lori Bandi

Sliders and crinkle-cut fries. Photo by Lori Bandi

The pizza at Atomic Pie can’t be categorized. “I call it Long Island, Sicilian, grandma-style, Midwestern, all-American pizza,” says owner Tim Allen Cole. “I just threw them all together.” Cole has been in the pizza business for 35 years, having previously worked with Campisi’s. About a year ago, he embarked on his own venture with a new concept for Lake Highlands, a neighborhood with a lot of roofs but not much retail, he says. “I took the chance, and it worked out. We’ve been here a year, and we’ve met a lot of great people. That’s the best part of staying in business.” The pizza is oval-shaped with catchy and peculiar names such as “the white extremist,” an Alfredo pizza topped with gourmet cheeses; and the “the mama mafia,” a simple tomato, basil and feta pie. Meat lovers should go for “the power of the people,” which comes with sausage, pepperoni, salami, Canadian bacon, hamburger and breakfast bacon. You also can build your own pizza.

Atomic Pie
9660 Audelia
Ambiance: Take-out
Price range: $7-$20 for pizzas
Tip: The house sliders almost out-shine the pizza.


Three more spots for pizza

1 Lover’s Pizza and Pasta
Here, you can get Neapolitan thin crust or Sicilian thick crust with most pizzas ranging $9-$14. Prices are higher for gourmet items such as the white pizza, an elegant combination of Alfredo sauce, baby spinach, red bell peppers, garlic, broccoli and mozzarella. 9440 Garland, 214.321.2223
2 Tony’s Pizza and Pasta
For delicious pies on the cheap, you can’t beat Tony’s. A large one-topping pizza costs less than $10. 10233 E. Northwest Highway, 214.503.0388
3 Picasso’s
Six pizza sizes range from extra-small to super with a large selection of house pizzas as well as the build-your-own option. 7215 Skillman, 214.553.8100