Rockport is blessed with so much: several beautiful beaches, a vibrant arts community, historic wharves & buildings, lobstering industry…you could go on and on. And now, you can add the Atlantic Pizza Company to our list of blessings. Housed in the architecturally compelling former Al Ruben Gallery, the Atlantic Pizza Company was created, like its pizza, from scratch. Audra Dainora, the owner of the business, bought the building in April 2010. She proceeded to spend the summer season watching traffic patterns and chatting with visitors to Rockport when she noticed that so many questions from tourists had to do with finding somewhere to eat, especially somewhere casual. Audra saw the opportunity to fill a niche in the community, offering fresh pizza with the best ingredients: organic tomatoes and toppings that are sourced from local farms whenever possible. Together with Dan Cromidas, who helped with the conception and development of the pizza and can now be found working his magic in the kitchen, Audra brought the Atlantic Pizza Company to Rockport. Reading through the menu is a mouth-watering proposition, and I can attest to the fact that the Margherita Pizza was delicious, the thin crust crisp on the outside, perfectly chewy on the inside, while the basil and mozzarella and tomato competing for freshness. (Full disclosure: I also tasted the cheese pizza, which features an amazing mozzarella, unlike any I’ve ever tasted.) But it should be said: it’s not all about the pizza at this restaurant. The building itself lives up to the food. Audra hired the design firm Siemasko & Verbridge, based in Beverly with John Harden as the project’s architect, to take advantage of the building’s pitched roof and, as it was built in 1961, take it back to its mid-century glory: a combination of minimalism and New England rusticity. Which is like the best of Rockport itself: quintessential New England with a dose of high design.
So make your way down to Bearskin Neck and stop by Atlantic Pizza just as soon as you can. You can work your way down the menu with a few breaks in between for a swim at Front Beach and a stroll through the shops and galleries of downtown Rockport. Summer perfection.
- Atlantic Pizza Company
- 4 Old Harbor Road
- Rockport, MA 02140
- (978) 546-2420
Check out the entire menu at www.atlanticpizzacompany.com