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Address: 1341 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
Neighborhood: Druid Hills (East) / North Decatur
Phone: 404-636-1100
Cost: $
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 11 pm
Restaurants Greek food and pizza popular with Emory students.

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Posted by:  Cary McNeal

Ever walk into a restaurant and know immediately that it’s going to be good? That’s what happened to me the first time I set foot in Athens Pizza. I took one glance and one sniff, and said to myself, “Self, we’re home.” It’s not that I’m clairvoyant; I just know what I like. Warm, homey décor; smiling, welcoming faces; the smell of deliciousness in the air; and a big glass dessert case spinning slowly ‘round, calling out to my sugar-lovin’ belly. I put food and ambience on an equal scale when choosing a place to stuff my piehole, and in both cases, Athens is comfort: comfort food like baked spaghetti, lasagna, mousaka, gyro and Greek pizza, all homemade and consistently tasty; and comfortable, friendly service from a mostly Greek staff, headed up by owner Aseimoula Papadopoulus and her two grown sons. “Mrs. P” and her late husband, John, opened Athens in 1966, and though she doesn’t cook anymore, her recipes live on. She’s there most nights, greeting customers, chatting up regulars, and always saying hi to your kids. The Athens menu reads, “Over 30 years of expertise mixed with love;” eat there and you’ll walk out knowing that it’s true.

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