Manhattan Pizza Exchange

Hey all you pizza lovers! I know it’s been a while since I’ve put out a blog post. But I promise you, Manhattan Pizza Exchange is worth a break from my hiatus. Located in Norcross, Georgia, Manhattan Pizza Exchange just had their grand opening. Sadly, I couldn’t attend the main festivities during the day. I had to swoop in close to 8pm, an hour before close. While the festivities were over, their pizza was still hot!

Manhattan Pizza Exchange markets itself as a New York style pizzeria (obviously), and I would say I really felt those vibes from the inside. I didn’t feel like I was just in Norcross anymore, but maybe an actual pizza parlor in New York. They have a sizable menu; in addition to pizza you can get salad, sandwiches, and pasta. My friend and I, of course, stuck to pizza. However, my friend did order garlic rolls as an appetizer and he thought they were absolutely scrumptious.

We ordered two different pizzas, my friend ordering a White while I got the Wall Street. I was in love with my pizza; they had all the meats on there, but yet the flavor of the pizza didn’t get lost. The sauce was delicious, and just enough- not too little, and not too much where the cheese and toppings were sliding off. I tasted the White pizza, and if you’re into a lot of cheese, that pizza is for you. Neither of us managed to finish our entire pizzas by the time of close, and we both ended up taking them home. Honestly I’m looking forward to finishing the rest today.

If you find yourself in Norcross, you need to stop in Manhattan Pizza Exchange!


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Greek pizza. That is what is sold at the restaurant Colossus, located in a small strip off the main road in Tucker, Georgia. Greek pizza is good.

I can’t believe it took me so long to even realize that Colossus sold pizza. I knew when it first opened, but I’d known it to be a Greek restaurant, and I guess I didn’t think pizza with that. Walking into the restaurant for the first time, I was honestly a bit moved. It’s split up into two sections; both indoors, but because of the large garage door style windows, the first section still feels like outdoor seating. I really felt the Greek vibes in the decorating, with blue doors with white trim, lots of plants, and a lot of open space. I almost felt like I was on a beachfront restaurant- if it wasn’t for the cars going past outside the windows. The light wooded rustic doors was my favorite part.


Let’s talk about this Greek pizza. My dad and I split a medium – which in my opinion was quite large – and we picked the Colossus pizza (Ground beef, italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions & green peppers), minus the mushrooms. In the first bite I knew two things immediately. The meat was real meat and the cheese was not your average mozzarella. I’m not sure what cheese they use – I want to assume feta but I really don’t know – but whatever they’re using, it gives the pizza a taste that’s different than most pizzas you’ll eat. The crust is really fluffy, which I think can be seen not only in the thinness of it, but also in the very light brown, hardly toasted color it is.

I really enjoyed this pizza, it was a really new taste for me that brightened up a drab Tuesday evening. I would certainly go there again with friends and family for a nice dinner where we can all sit beside one of their garage windows and really get the full experience.

Vinny’s N.Y. Pizza and Grill

Yesterday I was doing some photography in Atlanta, and since the city is my favorite place for pizza, I decided to find a new pizza place to try. Wanting just a slice, I came across Vinny’s N.Y. Pizza and Grill in Piedmont.

In my opinion, Vinny’s is an interesting one. It’s located in a shopping center, and the feel inside is something between a modern and old school pizza place. They’re big on booth seating. The pizza itself is also interesting. The slices are long, maybe a hand and a half length, very similar to that of Fellini’s. My friend and I both ordered two slices each. Mine were a slice of The Works – minus mushrooms – and a slice of bacon. My friend ordered a slice of bacon and a slice of ham and pineapple. For someone looking for a hearty pizza, The Works is for them. The ingredients are stacked on; I was pretty full after just that slice, and I had to put some of the toppings to the side! And for the bacon slice, you will surely receive bacon bits in every bite. After eating both slices, I definitely felt full for at least an hour.


Vinny’s is a cool quick place to pop in either by yourself, with friends, or with family! I’d recommend trying it at least once if you’re in the Piedmont area, or one of their other locations.

Empowering Women with Pizza

It’s the first day of Women’s History Month! How else can I celebrate such an empowering month than with dropping some goods about some notable women and how they’re making a difference. And of course, it has to do with pizza.

In Italy, from Naples to Verona, women are throwing a string of charity pizza dinners. All the proceeds from these dinners go to P.E.T.R.A, a Verona-based anti-violence center that provides both shelter and resources to abused women and children of all ages and nationalities.

The campaign is mainly led by eight female pizza chefs, who despite their struggles in a male-dominated industry, are now among Italy’s highest achieving pizza chefs. These chefs want to bring awareness to not only gender inequality, but also domestic violence.

Claudia Tosello is one of the eight pizzaiole, and although she is doing great things at Pizzeria Arcobaleno, she believes there is a disproportion of women to men who train to be pizza makers, about five for every 50 men. Figures like that fuel the desires of Tosello and the other chefs to provide more benefits for women in less fortunate situations.

Petra Antolini of Settimo Cielo, another of the eight pizzaiole, has spoken about how women pizzaioli have to work more than double to get the same recognition as their male counterparts. She wants to stress the importance of empowering women, not just in pizza-making but in all professions across Italy. With more gender equality comes more courage and the feeling of support for women, and that would impact how women report and stand up to injustices against them, especially violence.

Although this is happening in Italy, their cause is relevant all across the world. These women, just as many have done before them, are standing up for women’s rights and making a difference one pizza at a time. If you happen to find yourself in Italy, the first dinner is on March 18th at Settimo Cielo in Verona.

“Meet the Italian women using pizza to fight inequality and abuse”

Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project

Pizza Hut has been around for about 59 years serving up pizzas and smiles. Presently, they’re adding something new to their menu- books. Currently about 25 million children in the United States cannot read proficiently. This, and the overall importance of literacy, has led Pizza Hut to start a new program that will provide children with access to both books and educational resources.

Supporters can donate to The Literacy Project when they place orders from Pizza Hut or by visiting the campaign’s website at Funds will be credited to educators to be used for purchase of books and other materials for schools and programs near each Pizza Hut location. The campaign will run from February 26th to April 15th, and in that time Pizza Hut and partner First Book plan to change the lives of 100 million people in just 10 years.

This campaign makes me so excited and I wish them all the best! Reading is so important, and as someone who has spent many long hours either in the library or curled up in a book at home, it brings joy to my heart to see pizza partnered with literacy.

“Pizza Hut ‘Starts A New Chapter’ To Help All Kids Succeed Through Reading, Takes Further Action To Support Literacy Through Annual Giving Program”

National Drink Wine Day

It’s National Drink Wine Day, and what a perfect Sunday it is to sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine. Sure, wine can be elegantly paired with a nice fish or chicken dish, maybe even a plate of pasta, but it can also go quite smoothly with pizza.

These articles below offer some great suggestions on which wines to drink with which type of pizza. Personally I love a cheese or a Hawaiian pizza, so a GSM, Zinfandel, or Riesling would be best for me. If you were thinking of getting a pizza today, but you also wanted to celebrate National Drink Wine Day, check out what pairing is best for you!

“It’s All About the Sauce: Pairing Wine with Pizza”

“Great Wines for Pizza Night”

“The 6 Best Styles of Wine to Drink with Pizza”

Even Pizza Gets Fancy

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and usually people like to celebrate with luxury chocolates, expensive eateries, and fancy gifts. I am the kind of person where I am satisfied with someone showing their love and appreciation for me by simply buying me (you guessed it) a pizza. But pizza can be made fancy, as I’ve recently found out. Until today I thought the most festive pizza places got for Valentine’s Day was to create heart shaped pizzas.

Firenza Pizza in Charlotte, North Carolina is serving a 10-inch pizza for Valentine’s Day for $500. Named the Golden Surf and Turf, the pizza is sprinkled with gold, along with its main toppings which include lobster bisque, lobster, filet medallions, and caviar. You even have to make a reservation 48 hours in advance just to order this pizza.

Another pizza restaurant, Gusto Pizza Co. in Des Moines, Iowa, is also offering a Valentine’s Day special. For $5000, you can order a pizza with your choice of toppings and also get a two-carat pair of Herman’s Fine Jewelry diamond earrings. Now $5000 seems like a lot, but all proceeds from these pizza sales will be donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity. In addition to that, all Gusto locations are donating one dollar to Variety for every pizza sold on February 14th.

Am I at a point in my life where I want to spend that much on a pizza? Not quite yet. But if someone is looking to put that kind of money down for this food blogger, I would certainly not refuse.


“Valentine’s special at one Charlotte restaurant is a $500 pizza with gold topping”

“Gusto Offering $5,000 Valentine’s Day Pizza – With Sparkle on the Side”

Firenza Pizza

Gusto Pizza Co.

Variety, the Children’s Charity