How do I begin with the many delicacies of Atlas Pizza?
For starters, the menu is quite extensive for a small but busy pizza restaurant along Watson Boulevard in bustling Warner Robins.
I'm going to put in my two cents right now - the local, family-owned business has the most savory and delectable pizza crust I've tasted in a long, long time.
The Mediterranean pizza I ordered featured a handmade dough with a thin crust that practically melts in your mouth when just out of the oven. A small order included a smooth layer of cheese, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and black olives, which I sprinkled with a bit more Parmesan cheese.
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The crust is what makes it at this place.
If you've never visited Atlas, I'm going to declare you need to run out the door and plop down your hard-earned money over there right this minute.
On my recent visit, our local government reporter Natasha Smith accompanied me and selected an appetizer of onion rings to whet her appetite. I, on the other hand, talked myself into ordering garlic bread and marinara sauce. Hey, I was hungry on that particular day. Crispy bread and a steaming sauce nicely complemented my growling stomach.
A few tables needed cleaning upon our arrival, but other than that I didn't find anything wrong with our service. Our waitress was cheerful and attentive during our one-hour visit and asked every few minutes if we needed refills or add-ons to our order.
We were happy and quite stuffed after our meal. I would recommend a nice minimum two-topping calzone at Atlas. The spinach and tomato concoction I once ordered was a heaping mound of dough filled with a rich ricotta and mozzarella combination.
The standard pizza ranges from a small 10" to a large 16" with a cost ranging anywhere from $7.49 up to a large with four or more toppings at $17.49. You can also order pizza by the slice starting at $1.75 for a mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom or sausage.
Calzones range from $6.99 to $8.99. You also have a pick of Atlas specialties: gyro, chicken or lamb souvlaki (cubed meat with a cucumber sauce served on a pita), cheesesteak, chicken sandwich, hamburger and even hot dogs.
If you're not in the mood for pizza, there's also pasta with the traditional spaghetti, stuffed shells, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, lasagna and spanakopita (spinach and cheese layered in a filo dough).
And if all this doesn't have you drooling, there's also a selection of grinders (hot sub sandwiches). Take your pick of ham; salami; pepperoni; a club combo of turkey, bacon and roast beef; ham; veggie; sausage; chicken and eggplant parmesan; chicken; meatball or tuna. And there's an egg salad if you wish, complete with lettuce, tomatoes and provolone cheese. This last one can also be served cold.
Like I said, the menu is quite extensive at Atlas. It may take awhile to decide what to order. The decor might leave something to the imagination, but that's not the important thing. Your tummy will thank you after a visit there.
3035 Watson Blvd., Suite 1, Warner Robins
Three and a half stars
Phone: (478) 333-3400
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Children's menu: No
Noise level: Low
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Latest health code rating: 99