Little Italy – Athens, GA

This is one of my favorite places to eat when I’m on campus or downtown. It’s cheap and delicious, and an easy walk from north campus and downtown shops, on Lumpkin Street across from the Bank of America.

Overall rating: 4/5

Tastiness: 4.5/5
I’m totally hooked on the pizza with pineapple, ground beef, and extra cheese. It’s incredible. The only reason it doesn’t get a full 5 is that the pizza is so greasy it becomes distracting. My solution: blot the grease off first, and keep plenty of napkins on hand.

Staff: 3/5
It’s sad that I only know the name of one person who works there, and that’s Vinny (of course). But that’s all my own fault, not theirs. The above mentioned pizza was recommended to me by one of the employees, and they’re all willing and able to answer any questions. Catch them on a good day, and their all a fun-loving, laid back bunch who aren’t afraid to joke around with their customers. On a bad day, though, or during a bad rush, you shouldn’t expect smiles and ass-kissing from them. Their attitudes are genuine, and they don’t mind if you know about it.

Price: 5/5
The afore-mentioned 3-topping pizza slice is huge. It’s a meal in and of itself, spilling over the plate and heaped with deliciousness. And it’s about $3.00 without the drink.

Atmosphere: 3.5/5
Little Italy is open pretty late (until 2 am on weeknights, 3 am on weekends), and they definitely cater to the bar crowd. Beer is pretty cheap, it seems, and there’s always sports on the televisions and popular music playing. The walls are covered in paintings of UGA sports, with various lewd sorts of graffiti added on with markers. The booths have been carved up with the sorts of commentary you’d normally find in bathroom stalls. But the entire front of the restaurant is a huge window so you can watch the people and traffic going by, and now there’s a nice Christmas tree set up for the holiday. Overall, it’s a great place to hang out with fellow students, and the booth walls are high enough to offer a certain degree of privacy. But not the best place to take someone you’re looking to impress.

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