Didn't know whether to post here, in Pizza News, or in Restaurant Reviews, and settled on here. I hope this isn't too off-topic for here.
I was in the area, and had previously identified the building / exact location from news reports here and elsewhere. The place is definitely a construction site, but the major utilities looked to be pretty much done (HVAC, plumbing rough-ins and underground, electrical rough-ins), and it's getting to the point where it'll be mostly finishes, which goes pretty quickly unless there's a whole lot of detailed millwork, which I doubt. The space is at ground level in a new high-rise residential structure, and has tall ceilings and glass looking out onto Peachtree, so it ought to be quite nice once finished.
It's a great location, right on Peachtree (THE Peachtree, not one of the 487 imitators) in a very upscale area, across the street from the premiere Houstons, near Benihana and Whole Foods and the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, for any familiar with this area (South Buckhead).
I chatted with Mike, who is Jeff's operations manager, and who was there checking on /working with the contractors. They're shooting for an early January opening, which seems do-able. He gave me some details on the oven, which I'll keep mum on, since I don't think Jeff has revealed them here. I wouldn't want to spoil his fun, if he hasn't.
I can't wait for that place to open.
I ate there tonight and it was fantastic. Sat at the beautiful granite bar and Tony the bartender recommended a great cabernet. I ordered the Nana pie and it came out in less than 10 mins. That oven is cranking. It was one of the best pizzas I've had in a looonng time. The crust was blistered perfectly, very light with great structure and the flavor reminded of the sourdough on the wharf in san francisco. Not overpowering but just good. I'll never eat another bakers yeast pizza again-their crust has no flavor.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Nana pie (light sauce, mozz, fresh romano and herbs) and decided to try another when who walks up? Jeff V. himself. We had a nice conversation about pizzmaking.com and I asked him to recommend another to try. He recommended the white clam pizza. Another winner. Very light and flavorful.
The price is right, the place is rocking and the food is great. What else do you need to know?