How come nobody ever told me how insanely delicious the Brussels Sprouts at Hearth Pizza Tavern are? I met a friend for lunch and was immediately intrigued by the Brussels Sprouts appetizer with parmesan and a balsamic port reduction. Hearth Pizza serves theirs with pancetta, but because I was dining with a vegetarian, we asked them to serve it sans pork.
I don’t know how they taste with pancetta, but I didn’t miss it at all. These brussels sprouts were superb. The salty parmesan mixing nicely with the sweet balsamic, we were both in heaven, gobbling up every bite of this dish, even though it was quite a serving for only two. I liked it so much I emailed them for the recipe, anticipating serving it for Christmas dinner. Sadly, Hearth never replied. Guess they want to keep it a secret.
As far as the pizzas, I don’t get the impression Hearth Pizza is trying to win any pizza wars or go up against the likes of Antico or Ammazza. Instead, they quietly do their thing with a crowd of regulars from Sandy Springs residents and office workers. The restaurant is in the back corner of strip mall at the intersection of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive.
Their pizzas can be ordered in half or full sizes. Specialty pizzas inclue the New Haven Clam or Shrimp and Goat Cheese. Torn between the Mass Pike pizza with capicola, Italian sausage, cremini mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and a dash of pesto or the Ring of Fire pizza with Garlic chili oil, chorizo salami, sliced cherry peppers, caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, and cilantro, I settled on the Mass Pike.
The Mass Pike was wonderful and what a great mix of toppings. I’ll definitely be back for the Ring of Fire soon. Tip: All pizzas are half off between 4 and 6 pm on weekdays!
5992 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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