Wood Fired Pizza Served With Unique Toppings
You know you are “off the eatin’ path” when you visit Shorty’s Pizza, famous for their pizzas covered with unusual topping combinations and given names of singers such as “Carlos Santana,” “Weird Al Yankovich” and “John Lee Hooker.” Located just a couple miles off Highway 285 and just outside the Perimeter, Shorty’s is well worth the short drive for a unique culinary experience and plenty of local flavor in Tucker, Georgia.
The ambiance and décor is pretty much what you would expect for a pizza restaurant. The building structure resembles a converted barn and the dress code is very casual. They have an outside deck and an inside dining area that is known to get pretty full on the weekends. However, the food is what makes this restaurant stand out and is a surprisingly, tasty delight.
Upon entering the restaurant, the large stage in the front of the dining area immediately caught my attention. On weekends, locals come to hear live music, mostly of the blues/rock genre. Make sure you call first to confirm live music as it is on a rotating basis.
I arrived early for lunch and it didn’t take long before it filled up with regular customers. Shorty’s offers a diverse selection of salads and sandwiches, but the main star here is their wood fired pizza with creative topping selections with names of various famous singers.
For lunch I sampled three of their signature pizzas in a small size serving (10”). My favorite was the “B.B. King.” It featured shaved BBQ pork tenderloin, cilantro, goat cheese and a generous ceaser salad on top. The crust is very thin, which makes it a little tricky to eat with all the lettuce on top, but it is definitely worth the trouble. I wasn’t sure about the quirky topping mix, but it was one of the best, original tasting pizzas I’ve had in a long time. Somehow all these unique flavors make sense when mixed together.
Next I tried the “Chrissie Hynde” (of the Pretenders) pizza, which included toppings such as roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, roasted garlic and seasoned ricotta. One of the few non-meat choices on the menu, but the toppings made an interesting blending of tastes and styles.
I finished with the “Wu Tang Clan” pizza featuring buffalo chicken, bleu cheese, celery and ranch dressing. Think Buffalo wings on a pizza. This combination works very well together and has a spicy bite to it. It was a great tasting pizza from start to finish.
While the ambiance is not much different than most local pizza places, Shorty’s pizza is in a class by itself. Their small pizzas are definitely filling for one person and they also serve large pizzas to share with others. You can also “build your own” pizza based on your preferred selection of toppings.
Shorty’s Pizza is located at 3701 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30084 (770-414-6999). Their original location is located at 2884-B North Druid Hills Road, Decatur, GA 30329 (404-315-6262). For more information, visit Shortys-Pizza.com.
– Barry Stepe
Marketing & Communications Manager
DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau