4849 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, 770-500-3184
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 770-913-9399
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-10 p.m.
The green-and-red sign is small and easy to miss while driving down Peachtree Road, but Galla’s Pizza reveals a gem of a pizzeria. Best known for its “Buffalo Style” pizza, this joint is definitely worth a visit. The signature square slices offer a pleasant departure from the usual pizzeria fare, and its wide selection of Italian dishes is sure to please all the picky eaters in your party. After you decide between the baked ziti, the antipasta salad and the Buffalo wings, a friendly staffer takes your order at the counter, then gives you free rein over which table will best suit your tastes. The large booths are perfect for corralling all of your crew into a contained space, while the tables or outside seating area provide more space for the little ones who get antsy while waiting for food. But no need to be concerned about the wait; we were served our Greek salads a mere 30 seconds after filling up our fountain drinks and selecting a table. Our made-to-order pizza slices were soon to follow.
What’s on the menu: Galla’s offers pizza by the pie or the slice baked to perfection, as well as other traditional Italian dishes: meatballs in marinara, eggplant parmigiana, sausage and peppers and an assortment of pasta dishes. Calzones, salads, Philly sandwiches and Buffalo wings also grace the expansive menu, along with a list of appetizers like cheese bread and “freedom fries” that are perfect for dipping in any sauce or dressing of choice.
Why kids will like it: What kid doesn’t like pizza? Galla’s even has an “oil base” option for little ones who don’t like tomato sauce. The kid’s menu has no-fail options: chicken fingers, pasta with sauce or butter, and meatballs in child-sized portions. The Italian doughnuts and classic cannolis on the dessert menu are also sure to catch their appetites!
Why parents will like it: The affordable prices and laid-back atmosphere provide for a relaxing meal. Spacious aisles easily accommodate highchairs, and the food will please adult taste buds. The homemade pizza crust is fluffy, with a nice crisp finish from the Old World stone ovens. Galla’s also has a large beer and wine menu.
– Alexi Wilbourn