ATLANTA: Paces Properties and maestro pizzaiolo Luca Varuni are pleased to announce that a second outpost of Morningside-favorite pizzeria Varuni Napoli is now open at Krog Street Market. The Varuni Napoli stall is located at the south end of the market adjacent to Jeni’s Ice Cream, Ticonderoga Club and Makimono.
The modern, 800 square-foot space features an open-concept kitchen behind the bar, highlighted by a tiled wood-fired oven designed by renowned third generation Italian oven-maker Stefano Ferrara. The handmade brick oven, imported directly from Napoli, will infuse each pizza with one-of-a-kind flavor as pizzaiolos engage with diners and market visitors throughout the cooking process.
“The new Varuni Napoli stall at Krog Street Market reminds me of the traditional Italian markets I grew up with in Naples,” says Varuni. “I am excited to add to the already lively character of the market by interacting with guests to make each experience in the space positive, memorable and, most importantly, delizioso.”
The menu at Varuni Napoli Krog Street Market will feature nine pizza favorites from the restaurant’s original location in Morningside, along with items exclusive to the market, like the Krog Street Market Special, a fried pizza stuffed with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, nduja and Pecorino Romano. Pizzas at the new stall will be served slightly smaller than at the original location – about 12 inches in diameter – and are intended to provide a more personal, portable dining experience within the market.
To complement the menu, guests seated at the bar will also enjoy beer, wine and select cocktails, including a refreshing, house made limoncello lemonade and a special blend of Negroni Reserva – chef and owner Luca Varuni’s favorite Italian cocktail – on tap. As dedicated to crafting the beverage menu as he is the pizzas, Varuni remains true to the authenticity of the traditional beverage and the inherent meaning of the title “Reserva” in Italian culture by sourcing the best ingredients, featuring London Dry Gin, Antica Formula and Campari. Varuni Napoli Morningside will also begin serving the beverage, making the two restaurants the only venues in Atlanta to offer the Negroni on tap year-round.
Drawing inspiration from Varuni’s Italian upbringing, the new restaurant will continue to exhibit the authentic, Neapolitan pizza-making tradition while providing guests with fun, interactive experiences throughout the week. Each Wednesday evening, guests seated at the bar will enjoy half-priced bottles of wine with the purchase of any artisan pizza. Weekend visitors of the market will also enjoy a unique brunch option, featuring Varuni Napoli’s signature brunch pizza along with mimosas and Bloody Marys on Sunday afternoons.
“It only took us two and half years to convince Luca that Varuni Napoli was the right fit for Krog Street Market,” laughed David Cochran, President of Paces Properties. “Between the food and beverage offerings and the unique restaurant-style stall, Varuni is the missing piece to our puzzle, if you will. We are proud to have them in our tenant mix.”
Varuni Napoli Krog Street Market will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The vivacious nature of the new concept will complement the vibrant culture and urban atmosphere of Krog Street Market and its patrons. For more information on Varuni Napoli Krog Street Market, please visit www.varuni.us.
About Varuni Napoli
Varuni Napoli is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria from veteran maestro pizzaiolo Luca Varuni. The eatery serves traditional southern Italian pizzas, desserts and antipasti as well as a selection of premium Italian wine, local and Italian beers and Italian-inspired cocktails. The open kitchen allows guests to become a part of the pizza-making experience and enjoy the world-renown Italian hospitality of chef Luca and his team. For more information please visit the website or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.