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WE WEAR THE

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Cobb Life

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W H AT ’ S I N S I D E

departments 25 SPICE On the hunt for Cobb’s most unique pizzas 52 EYE ON BUSINESS West Cobb continues growth

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58 WINE Cobb’s wine guru finalizes treasure hunt

features 14 OLYMPIC EFFORTS We give you our take on food for the 2012 London games 20 GREAT GIFTS Our guide to extraordinary presents for dad this year 46 OF LANDMINES AND SAVING LIVES An East Cobb medic’s journey into Iraq and Afghanistan

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46 ON THE COVER The Fisherman’s Wharf pizza from DaVinci’s in Smyrna. It features scallops, tilapia, shrimp, fontina and mozzarella cheeses as well as broccoli and green pepper for color and crunch.


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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Humble pie no more... Pizza is an odd food isn’t it?

It originated in the Mediterranean, but Americans have a tendency to claim as their own. It can be borderline sophisticated, yet it is entirely acceptable to eat with your hands. And it can be bought by the slice, priced by the toppings or the crust or just plucked from a freezer. Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of pizza. The frozen pizza craze wasn’t very popular in our home until I hit my teenage years and then any and all food would suffice. As a child, I recall my mom making pizza only a few times. In particular, she concocted a Deep Dish Chicago pizza that was out-of-this-world. I remember it distinctly because she only made it a few times, but my dad raved about it so much it achieved a mythic status in our house. I always enjoyed making my own pizzas out of Ragu sauce, a slice of cheese and a piece of bread in the toaster oven. It was a simple, hearty delight for an uneducated culinary tongue. And I wasn’t the only one who did this. I have found many among my generation who created this dish as well and we have shared special, simple memories about this mid-afternoon snack. As a family, we rarely went out for pizza, though my grandparents on both sides took a special delight in treating us grandchildren to the dish. But the popularity of pizza as a staple of American fare seemed to change somewhere in the late 80s. All of the sudden, it was everywhere. You could have it delivered. You could pick it up. You could choose over a dozen toppings, special crusts, several sizes and more. And it became the food of choice for birthday parties, church youth group get-togethers, post-game parties and late night snacks. The older reliable joints like Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and Godfather’s did well, but then a new surge of pizzerias came on the block like Domino’s, Little Caesars and latecomer, but long-laster, Papa Johns. (And I still find it amusingly bizarre that a pizza restaurant got a college bowl and a college football stadium named after it. Such are the times we live in…) When I went to college, the rise of pizza’s popularity continued. Unlike most college students, I didn’t eat a lot of pizza then. I can’t exactly remember why, except for the fact that I mainly subsisted

off coffee and more coffee. But I remember the evidence of pizza being everywhere – in dorm rooms, at parties and the loads of empty pizza boxes stuffed in trash cans. When I moved to Atlanta in the late 90s, I enjoyed frequenting places like Fellini’s in Midtown, a rare treat to eat succulent slices while seeing and being seen. Then, sometime in the last decade or so, the pizza model changed again. I first noticed it when I ate at a California Pizza Kitchen around 2000 and discovered barbecue chicken pizza, Thai pizza and white pizzas. How bizarre, I thought. Yet, how brilliant. I loved this pizza. It was so much more than the regular red sauce and pepperoni variety, yet still pedestrian enough to eat with your hands. And that was just the start. As you will read in this issue, the twists on the old pizza pie have only evolved since then and Cobb has a bevy of extraordinary places to land a unique pizza. During our journey for this issue, our food writer Joan Durbin discovered seafood pizza, vegetarian pizza, a 30-inch pizza, pizza cooked in ovens toted down from Long Island and a ton more of interesting and fun stories behind these pleasing pies (our section starts on page 25). I believe in the next decade or so, pizza will undergo another evolution. Like hot dogs and hamburgers, you can always re-invent the wheel with comfort foods. That said, there will always be a place for the good old pepperoni and cheese slice in just about every home. And if you can’t find a slice of that, you can always improvise with Ragu sauce, a slice of cheese, bread and a handy toaster oven.

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[food and dining]

Sweet! Gabriel’s celebrates five years of success

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Gabriel’s Restaurant and Bakery celebrated its fifth anniversary in April. To commemorate the anniversary, the restaurant is transforming the space into a full-service restaurant for dinner complete with new lighting, china, glassware and a full-service wait staff. Operations will be led by General Manager Doc Cutter, Mary Baker (previously with Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton) and Laura Payne-Gabriel Rebo. Gabriel’s Chef Gregg Baker has created many new dishes for the evening menu including hand-battered eye round with white gravy, creamy mashed potatoes and collard greens and the JG Burger, a 6 oz. grass-fed beef patty with applewood smoked bacon, Gabriel’s pimento cheese, tomato and arugula. Lunch favorites such as salmon cakes, roasted chicken, shrimp and stone-ground grits will also be available. Gabriel’s is a Best Of Cobb Life winner many times over. Owner Johnnie Gabriel, above, is known for her signature style, cookbooks and her cooking ventures with cousin Paula Deen. Information: 800 Whitlock Avenue Marietta 770.427.9007 www.gabrielsdesserts.com.


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news & noteworthy [arts and culture]

Action Jackson Sixth grader celebrates success with ASO role Mableton resident Cobe Jackson is making a name for himself in the metro area’s arts scene. Cobe, son of Zanethia Eubanks and Christopher Jackson, recently had a role with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s show, “The Remarkable Farkle McBride.” He has also performed with the Alliance Youth Players, the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and even as a dancer with the Atlanta Hawks at the MLK Center. Even more impressive, Cobe started his own non-profit organization in 2009 called Co-Creativity. He attends Lindley Sixth Grade Academy.

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[arts and culture] Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre concerts return After taking a year off, the concerts at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre are back and we are thrilled! The venue is hosting dozens of concerts this year that range from mainstream acts to fund-raisers and wine tastings. Just a few of the star acts coming to the venue include The Chinese Acrobats on June 8, Steel Magnolia on June 29, Lorrie Morgan, left, on July 27 and Little Texas on Aug. 24. For a full listing of concerts, you can visit http://www.mablehouse.org/amphitheatre.html

[business] Mayes Ward-Dobbins adds second location Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, a fixture on the Cobb business scene for over 60 years, recently opened a second location. The primary location for the funeral home is still on Church Street in downtown Marietta. The second location, Macland Chapel, is located at 3940 Macland Road in Powder Springs. It serves all faiths, contains a renovated chapel and parlor and an on-premise crematory. The funeral home is owned and run by funeral director Terry Pendley. Information: www.mayeswarddobbins.com

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Sterling Estates... Life in East Cobb just got even better! Offering both Independent and Assisted Living! Sterling Estates Senior Living Community features six Independent Living Cottage Homes, each with two spacious apartments on their own private level, and 90 Assisted & Independent Living Suites in the main residence, all situated on ten, beautifully landscaped acres in the East Cobb neighborhood we all love to call “home.” Our club-style Wellness Center comprises more than 5,000 sq. ft. of exercise area, fitness equipment, and a spacious, indoor, heated aerobic pool with programming and staffing designed specifically for seniors to stay active & independent. At Sterling Estates, our philosophy of caring is whole-person oriented, addressing all physical, emotional, social, intellectual, nutritional, vocational and spiritual needs. No other community can compare to the lifestyle, features, amenities and outstanding value that Sterling Estates will offer.

We invite you to come experience the Sterling Way! For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Marshall Gill, Executive Director or Sharon Egitton, Assistant Executive Director at 678-946-4454 or visit www.Sterling-Estates.com Leasing Center NOW OPEN • Accepting Reservations NOW! Monday - Friday 10am to 6pm • Saturday 9am to 2pm 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30067 • Locally Developed, Owned & Operated


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BITES OF

Celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics with these

Trafalgar Squares see recipe on page 17

Big Ben Blueberry Cheesecake The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London this summer. Big Ben is perhaps the most well known symbol of London, so no England-themed party would be complete without its repHere are some ideas for snacks for resentation. The great clock tower on the Palace of Westminster your Olympic party inspired by our holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world. Skilled bakers may make an exact replica, but we decided to friends across the pond. take an easier and more creative approach. We used Jello’s NoBY STACEY L. EVANS AND MARK WALLACE MAGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY BY REID TRAYLOR

Bake Cheesecake mix to serve as the clock face. Cheesecake allows for a smooth and light surface to draw on. We used blueberries as numeral markings, and blue icing to draw the roman numerals for each quarter of the clock. (shown at right)


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English pints and crisps

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider - Browns Lane: With a hint of sparkle, this cider has a nice balance of sweet and tart, leaning slightly more toward the tart side. Boddington’s Pub Ale: One of England’s greatest liquid exports, this delicious, creamy ale is close to the yin to a Guinness yang. It is slightly sweet, light, but still retains a creamy, full body. Tetley’s English Ale: Like its label says, it is a smooth and creamy ale, but with a slight bite and a bit darker than Boddington’s. Still very drinkable and crisp. We recommend serving all of these ice cold.

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Hula Hoops: These crisps are both fun and delicious. The salt and vinegar is not too overpowering on the thick rings. For these we shopped at The Corner Store on the Marietta Square.


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Trafalgar Squares The iconic Trafalgar Square is one of the main gathering places for events in London, so it’s a fitting dish for a party. Thousands amassed at Trafalgar Square for the announcement on London’s bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Official Countdown Clock was unveiled there last year. Our Trafalgar Squares are made with English Toffee, a popular British treat. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup milk chocolate chips toffee topping (recipe below) 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (optional) Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. 2. Combine flour and brown sugar in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until fine crumbs form. Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

3. Sprinkle pecans over crust. Prepare toffee topping; drizzle evenly over pecans and crust. 4. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until topping is bubbly and golden; remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips evenly over top; press gently onto surface. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares. Toffee topping: Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Use immediately.

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Tower of London The English don’t exactly have the best reputation for food, but their snacks are outstanding. I especially have always appreciated their candy bars since I made my first trip to London in 1987. For a non-foodie like myself, I cannot exactly break down what makes their candy bars better, but I can tell you one thing – they are different. For one thing, honeycomb, toffee, caramel, nougat and various nuts and fruits crop up regularly in their offerings. Here in our own Tower of London we have constructed a tower of delicious benefits for you and your guests built with some of the finest candy bars from England. Here is a quick look at some of these tasty treats.  The Nestle-made Yorkie consists of huge chunks of chocolate. The Crunchie by Cadbury is my personal fave. This offering has a golden honey-combed center which is then coated with a thin layer of milk chocolate. It is beyond savory and will awaken senses in your taste buds you didn’t even know existed. Like Coconut? Check out The Bounty. The Mars Bar is a mid-range candy bar in the United States, but in England it has a stronger reputation and tasting their version let’s you know why. It is the classic milk chocolate with a hefty nougat and caramel center.  The STARBAR. Read the side of this funky wrapper and it describes it as “a chewy cosmos of peanuts and caramel.” Well said. Most of these can be found in some quanity at Kroger’s and Publix stores throughout Cobb. To get our complete set for our Tower of London, we shopped at Harry’s Whole Food’s.

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WEST COBB’S FUNERAL HOME OF CHOICE

Proudly Serving Cobb County and Surrounding Communities for the past 17 years

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED On-Site Crematory

David W. Roach, Owner

At West Cobb Funeral Home, we are committed to providing the most complete services available to the families of this community. See why more families are choosing our home, our services and our facilities.

Chris Messina, General Manager


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|Custom Shirt| Give dad the gift of style this Father’s Day with a gift certificate for a custom shirt from F.J. Lancaster. Dad can pick his fabric and fit, and the team will take 15 measurements to ensure it’s the most comfortable shirt he’s ever worn. Just be forewarned, he may never buy a shirt off the rack again. >> Available at F.J. Lancaster in East Cobb (Starting at $145 and up).

|Melon Folding Bicycle| Who needs a bike rack when you’ve got the Slice folding bicycle by Melon?! This compact beauty, which comes in red or white, is ideal for any dad who loves to feel the wind in his hair on invigorating rides and is a cinch to unfold and hit the road. >> Available at www.melon bicycles.com or at Segway of Alpharetta (SRP $429).

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|Adidas MiCoach| Have a runner in your life? The Adidas MiCoach Speed Cell captures all Dad’s measurements during a run and sends them wirelessly to his mobile app, computer, or iPhone, so he can track his progress and compare it to others or just brag to the in-laws about what good shape he’s in! >> Available online at www.adidas.com or at Dick’s Sporting Goods Kennesaw (SRP $70).

By Meredith Pruden

Gifts for

DAD They say a man can never have too many ties, but ask any dad around this time of year what he wants for Father’s Day and another tie is probably last on his wish list. Sure, ties (and other Father’s Day staples like books, DVDs, watches and grills) may be great (and simple) go-to gifts to show your dad how much you care, but why not show him how attentive you are to his hobbies too? From runners and golfers to shutterbugs and campers, we’ve pulled together just the things to put a smile on your dad’s face this Father’s Day.

|Lytro Camera| Shoot first and ask questions later with the newest thing going in photographic technology. Perfect for the shutterbug, the Lytro Light Field Camera takes living pictures that allow Dad to focus a picture after it’s taken, shift perspective of the scene and even switch from 2D to 3D view! >> Available online only at www.lytro.com (SRP $399 - $499).


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|Personalized Golf Balls| Personalize some Titleist golf balls and hit the links with dad this Father’s Day. Now through the end of June, you can even have select Titleist balls personalized for free at the PGA Store in Kennesaw, so dad will know which ball is his when he’s picking it out of the sand trap. >> Available at the PGA Super Store in Kennesaw (SRP $47.99/dozen).

|Engraved Bracelet| Sure, jewelry is a great gift for Mother’s Day but no one ever said dads don’t love it too! This black matte ID bracelet (SKU #628288) can be engraved with family names or even dad’s favorite quote for a truly personal touch. >> Available online at www.thingsremembered.com or at the Town Center Mall location (SRP $30; engraving additional charge).

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|ENO Hammock| Whether it’s a camping trip or a leisurely nap in the backyard, dad will love the ENO DoubleNest Hammock for its comfort and easy assembly. Plus, it holds up to 400 pounds so you can enjoy some R&R with dad this Father’s Day! >> Available online at www.eagles nestoutfitters. com or locally at REI Kennesaw, Hodge Army Navy Store and High Country Outfitters (SRP $64.95).

|||Where to shop||| Segway of Alpharetta 1150 Alpha Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30004 404.993.6364 By appointment only Dick’s Sporting Goods 691 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. NW Kennesaw, GA 30144 770.281.0200 REI 740 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA 30144 770.425.4480 Hodge Army Navy Store 507 Cobb Pkwy. South Marietta, GA 30060 770.427.9331 F.J. Lancaster 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 125 Marietta, GA 30068 770.509.7433

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|USB “Swiss Army Knife”|

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Father’s Day Gifts DIRECTOR’S TOP PICK

All right, as I’ve written in a column before, I rediscovered my love of a good pocketknife a couple of years ago. Since I was given my childhood dream of a Swiss Army Knife by a brother-in-law, I have also purchased two more Swiss Army Knives and searched through some old boxes to discover my Boy Scout pocketknife. All that said, I was intrigued when I saw that the makers of the Swiss Army Knife, the esteemed Victorinox company, was making a Swiss Army Knife with jump drive capabilities. At first, I must admit, I found it amusing. Nothing says amazing pocketknife like a USB right? Well, I got one to test and must confess, I love it. Mine is the basic model that runs about $40. It contains one jump drive. However, that one drive has 3.75 GB of storage on it which is enough for me to hold tons of Word documents, images and even music files. Another plus is it is in the handy Swiss Army case, see above, and can attach to a key ring. It runs about $40 and comes in a variety of colors. If you want to really spoil dad, then you can trade up and spend a few hundreds of dollars to get one of these with thumbprint-encoded technology and the requisite Swiss Army Blades. >> Available at stores throughout the county that cater to outdoors and also online.

— Mark Wallace Maguire

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peace of the pie

Kennesaw pizza-makers have everyone wanting a

by stacey l. evans photography by reid traylor


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Pizza is a feel-good food. It’s the food for parties, kid’s birthdays and late nights at college. It evokes happy feelings and memories. Peace Love and Pizza in Kennesaw plays up to those pleasant feelings with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s unfortunate this take-out place has limited seating, because the energy inside makes you want to hang out and join the party. I first discovered Peace Love and Pizza when I moved nearby. As a vegetarian, I was excited that they offered unique selections beyond your typical garden veggie variety. Even though they delivered to our address, I always opted to pick up the pizza because what struck me most about Peace Love and Pizza was the smiling faces behind the counter that were unfailingly polite and friendly. They take the extra step — instead of handing you the pizza over the counter, they walk through the side door for a more personal delivery — and their well wishes seemed genuine. It put me in a good mood. “They are always so happy and nice, and it seems like they love working there. It makes me want to work there,” I’d often say to my roommate. When I sat down with Rich and Dave DeSantis, brothers and owners of the restaurant, it became apparent why their employees were so cheerful. The duo are high-spirited jokesters, and are also passionate about their business. “What we tried to bring to our store is our fun-loving attitude and also our attitude of not being so politically correct, and our love of music,” said Dave. “It’s not uncommon for you to walk in here and find the two of us singing. It’s a very regular thing for us to stop what we’re doing and walk out and talk to customers while their pizza is being made. It’s that kind of service and fun attitude that keeps some of our customers from calling in advance to get their pizzas made. They’d rather come in and wait because they have a good time with us.” The restaurant has a ‘70s theme, an era the brothers love because of its music, activism and independent thinking. That is reflected in the décor as well as menu item names.


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You won’t miss the cheese on Peace Love and Pizza’s Viva Las Vegan. The pie is slathered with a spicy roasted red pepper sauce and loaded with mushrooms, black olives, onions, banana peppers and tofu. Yes, tofu. On a wheat crust, it’s both tasty and healthy.

“The name of every thing we do relates to the store, our personal lives or the employees,” said Dave. “This is a place that represents us, our family, our history and our employees. That’s what Peace Love and Pizza is.” But a pizza joint can’t get by on atmosphere alone. Especially being a primarily take-out business, the pizza has to speak for itself. And it

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does. In fact, it sings. The extraordinary Peaceful Garden is rich with flavor and has one of the most unique tastes I’ve ever had in pizza. It is so different, it almost doesn’t taste like pizza. I think it’s the basil infused olive oil that lifts the palate to another level, saturating the taste buds with deliciousness. The toppings are piled high —

mozzarella, banana peppers, garlic, spinach, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts — and are fresh. For me, what makes a pizza stand out is not necessarily the combination but the quality of its ingredients. The crust and sauce must also have flavor. Currently, Peace Love has 34 toppings and six sauces to choose from, including a unique Texican sauce, which is refried beans and salsa. “Our sauces definitely differentiate us,” said Rich. “They allow you to create some unbelievably great piz-

zas here.” And their pizzas are inventive. One concoction, The Grateful Cowboy, is a blend of Ricotta sauce, mozzarella, steak, red onions, mushrooms, provolone, bacon and A1 steak sauce. “We’re very, very picky about what we buy and we drive the sales people crazy when we start investigating a new item,” said Dave. “We insist on Pecorino Romano cheese. We make sure our mozzarella is a full whole milk instead of a part skim blend. We only use mozzarella


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PIZZA PARTY: Front row, owners Rich and Dave DeSantis, both Marietta residents. Back row, from left, Adam Jungers of Kennesaw, Trebor Wells of Acworth, Emma Byington of Kennesaw and Bruce Rossignolo of Acworth. “I always refer to our pizza shop as a big show. It’s kinda like a circus in here and Richie and I are the ringmasters,” said Dave.

from Wisconsin. We won’t use any California cheeses because the cattle are fed with grass rather than grain and we think the cheese tastes better from grain-fed cattle.” That knowledge of what makes a great pizza comes from over 25 years in the business. The two started making pizzas at a college job, and eventually opened their own restaurant, All Star Pizza & More in Marietta. “We had $5,000 and a credit card or two and we borrowed a pizza oven and mixer from our old boss. That’s how we started,” said Dave. “We worked four straight months without a day off but we didn’t care, we were having fun.” They opened a total of four All Star Pizzas, and eventually sold them after they both decided to go to KSU for MBAs. But after being away from the pizza business for a few years, they began to miss it and so two years ago they opened Peace Love and Pizza. In their new venture, they made sure to incorporate values and practices that are important to them. Everything is recycled, and food scraps are used for compost or as feed on employee Bruce Rossignolo’s farm. “We think it’s important to be leaders, even in our little store,” said Dave. “We produce literally almost no waste here. We throw away about half a bag of trash a day. We like to feel good about what we do and that’s why we do all these things we don’t have to do.”

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Top, the Fishermans Wharf pizza features tilapia, scallops, shrimp, broccoli, green peppers, fontina and mozzarella cheeses. Left and above, David Hearn, manager, gets into the action. Opposite page, the popular Bella Noche pizza has tomatoes, spinach, artichokes, garlic, red onions, mozzarella and provolone cheeses.

is the place you want in your neighborhood, because you’re unlikely to ever tire of their inventive pizzas. The regular pies come in four sizes and can be topped with all the usual suspects, including anchovies, as well as specialty and premium toppings such as prosciutto, pulled pork, provolone, soy cheese and scallops. The crust hits a happy medium of not too thick and not too thin, and the sauce is blended in house with tomatoes from a 70-year-old familyowned California company that focuses solely on the quality of its Italian-style tomato products. With eight different seasonings and “just enough sugar to mute the acidity,” according to manager Dave Hearn, the sauce more than holds its own even with the most intensely flavored toppings. The gourmet pizzas here are tremendous fun. The most popular is their version of the Margherita, which starts with the classic olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, then ups the cheesy ante with feta and provolone. Another customer favorite is the Bella Noche, a light and tasty mix of tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, red onion, mozzarella and provolone. It’s vegetarian, but even confirmed meat eaters will enjoy it. Two others we tried are distinctly original. Prosciutto, pancetta and salami are rarely found together on one pie. Here they join forces on The Soprano, a pie that has enough badda bing to make even Tony happy. And with scallops, tilapia, shrimp, fontina and mozzarella cheeses as well as broccoli and green pepper for color and crunch, the Fisherman’s Wharf is a seafood lover’s dream.

DaVinci’s Pizzeria 1810 Spring Road, Smyrna (678) 213-1112 www.smyrnapizza.com


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So you’ve seen the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” episode where Adam and his eating partner ignominiously lose the Carnivore Challenge? Big Pie in the Sky is the scene of that defeat. And they are not alone. While four or five two-person teams each week attempt to devour the 30-inch Carnivore pie in one hour, only six have succeeded since Big Pie opened in 2007. “And all of them were competitive eaters who do challenges like this all the time,” said owner Dirk Tendick. “We’ve never had two regular Joe Shmoes win. They all lose badly.” Perhaps that’s not surprising, when you consider that the Carnivore is 30 inches in diameter, weighing in at close to 12 pounds, with whole milk mozzarella cheese accounting for four of those and almost five pounds of pepperoni, ground beef, Italian sausage, ham and bacon strewn around the surface. “I can’t even eat one whole slice of it,” Tendick admitted. “Too many toppings.”

Can something that ginormous also be tasty? You bet. The heartiness of the meat combo and richness of the cheese is supported by a fine New Jersey-style thin crust. “You can get good cheese and have a great sauce, but if you don’t have a good recipe for pizza dough, you don’t have good pizza,” Tendick affirmed. The Carnivore is available with a lesser amount of meat and cheese for non-competitive diners. Big Pie has eight other specialty pizzas, including Tendick’s favorite, the West Coast Pesto. When we tried it, we understood his partiality. This wonderful blend of chicken, pesto, Romano cheese and cream cheese will have us coming back often. When you come, bring your appetite and a couple of friends or family members, because pies come in three sizes: 16 inch, 20 inch and 30 inch. Even individual slices are extra large.

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From left, Aldonna Langley of Acworth, Ashley Popp of Dallas and Brenda Vinson of Acworth marvel at one of the restaurant’s pies. The restaurant also offers a variety of pizzas, such as this pesto creation, left.

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A customer pulls a sumptuous slice of The Works pizza at Marietta Pizza Company. The restaurant’s success is built upon their tasty pizzas, but also has a strong lure because of its convenient locations on the Marietta Square and in West Cobb.

Marietta Pizza Company 3 Whitlock Avenue Marietta (770) 419-0900 3901 Mary Eliza Trace Marietta (770) 693-9606 www.mariettapizza.com


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MARIETTA P I Z Z A COMPANY A fixture on Marietta Square since it opened 11 years ago, Marietta Pizza Company consistently pleases patrons with its pies. The crust is thin, but not too thin, and the sauce is made in house with a secret mix of eight different spices that are custom blended for the restaurant. “Even our employees don’t know what the spice recipe is,” co-owner Howard Wolfson said. The Works, a specialty pie with three meats, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black and green olives and extra cheese, is the best seller here, with the Florentine, a tasty mélange of spinach, artichoke hearts, grilled chicken, tomatoes, fresh garlic and extra cheese, a close second. “Everything is fresh. We cut our produce fresh daily and make our dough on site. We’re really big on keeping the quality consistent,” Wolfson said.

Sarah LaRue holding one of the company’s pies.

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Rick Sorrentino is a quintessential ex-New Yorker, not given to chitchat or pleasantries while he turns out some of the finest, most authentic New York-style pizzas you’ll ever eat. Never mind that you’re less than five feet away and can watch his every move. The pizza gets his full attention. The Baker’s Pride ovens are more than two decades old. Sorrentino brought them with him from Long Island when he opened his hole in the wall pizzeria in northeast Cobb in 1993. His dinged and bruised dough machine is more than 40 years old. “They don’t make ‘em like that any more,” said Chris Abbott, who works at La Bella’s. Indeed. They don’t make many like Sorrentino, either. The man has been a pizzaiolo for 35 years and could make dough in his sleep. “I don’t have a set recipe,” he said. “You just know. It’s knowing your trade. If you don’t make the dough the right way you can ruin 100 pounds. I make it according to the weather. For example, I’ll use double the amount of yeast from summer to winter.” The right products are essential for a good pie, he said. Three types of tomatoes imported from Italy go into his sauce. Only Grande mozzarella, the deliciously highfat, luxurious mozzarella revered by serious pizza makers across the nation, makes it onto his pies. Everything is made from scratch, no shortcuts. So meticulous is he about his crust that before he would commit to his Marietta location, he took two five gallon buckets of water from the storefront’s tap back to Long Island with him to make dough. “Everyone said you couldn’t make good pizza in Georgia because of the water,” he recalled. Experimenting with the Cobb County water proved that to be wrong. What he turns out is a sublime, thin crust pie with top-notch flavors, in one 16-inch size only. There are seven specialty pizzas here, but none are gourmet fancy. The house special is meatball, ham, sausage, pepperoni, extra cheese, mushrooms, black olives, fresh garlic, onion and (gasp!) anchovies, which I personally happen to love, but can be left off if necessary. Sorrentino also makes stuffed pizza, but you have to ask for it in advance, as it’s only a footnote on his standard menu.

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Rick Sorrentino brings one of his signature pies out of the oven. Opposite page: Simply, the works.


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When restaurant industry veterans Kelvin and Mandy Slater decided they wanted to have their own eatery, pizza was a natural choice because they knew it was universally popular. For three months the couple tested pizza dough recipes and baked pies in their home kitchen before settling on what they believe is the ideal crust. “It’s thin, not floppy or soggy, and not too heavy. You don’t feel weighted down when you eat it,” Kelvin said. Mandy used some of her Italian grandmother’s advice for the cheese to use on the pies. “She said you’ve got to have some provolone,” Mandy said. “It gives a nice bite.” But they didn’t stop there. To the mozzarella and provolone they added a third cheese, creating their own proprietary blend. I’d tell you what that last cheese is, but they swore me to secrecy. Two different types of tomatoes and 15 spices go into

the house made pizza sauce. From there, customers can create their own 10-, 16- or 18-inch pies from the fresh toppings or try one of the 13 specialty “moons.” I had to convince my dining partner, who is a die-hard traditionalist, to order something that was outside his pizza comfort zone. But a couple of bites of his Greek pie made him a convert. The briny kalamata olives played nicely with red onion, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts and both feta cheese and the house blend. My Luna boasted chorizo, caramelized onions, jalapenos, black olives, spicy ranch dressing, cilantro and the house blend cheese. It had a flavorful zinginess that tingled my palate without overwhelming it. Blue Moon also has a nifty “take and bake” option. Order any kind of pie you like and it will be made fresh, wrapped for transport complete with cooking directions for your home oven.


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Blue Moon Pizza 2359 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna 770.984.2444 and 4600 West Village Place, Vinings 770.436.4446 www.bluemoonpizza.com

OWNERS KELVIN AND MANDY SLATER. CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: The Thai Chicken has seasoned chicken, house cheese, and a spicy sesame peanut sauce topped with bean sprouts, carrots, and cilantro. The Greek is topped with house cheese, fresh spinach, red onions, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. The Luna has chorizo sausage, carmelized ~ onions, jalapenos, spicy ranch, black olives, cilantro, and a house cheese blend.


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STATE OF MIND Baby Tommy’s was opened in Marietta 15 years ago by two guys named Tommy, both of who came from a New York Italian background. Their Big Apple pizza sensibilities were aptly demonstrated with thin crusts that were crisp yet fluffy enough to fold in half lengthwise for easy hand held consumption. “You have to be able to eat it while you walk,” my Jerseyborn dining companion informed me. “You can’t have a thicker crust and still call it New York style,” affirmed Steve Collins, who bought Baby Tommy’s a few years ago. “It’s traditional pizza made the old time way with a thick layer of cheese. You can judge our pizza by the way former New Yorkers view it. We have some who will come in four or five times a week.”


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Above, the restaurant’s signature is stuffed pizza. Right, owner Steve Collins.

Another component of the pie that sets Baby Tommy’s apart from others is the sauce. It has absolutely no sugar or other sweetener, giving it a pleasantly acidic edge that is a welcome counterpoint to the richness of the cheese. And only fresh garlic goes into the sauce, Collins said. Stanislaus brand, some of the best Californiaraised tomatoes on the market, are the only tomatoes Baby Tommy’s uses. Whole milk Grande mozzarella, the king of mozzarella cheese, is a key ingredient. “You get a nice buttery flavor and texture. It has a phenomenal taste,” Collins explained. Twenty different pizzas grace the menu here, with many available at lunch by the slice from a staggeringly diverse pizza bar. But Baby Tommy’s signature is stuffed pizza, basically a wedge of pie with crust top and bottom, filled with toppings and cheese.

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You might also like... Capozzi’s NY Pizza, Pasta & More This family-run local chain serves up New York-style pizza that gets high marks for authenticity and flavor. Standout pies include a five-meat extravaganza with extra cheese, a four cheese combo with fresh rosemary and a touch of garlic, and a deceptively simple but delicious mix of fresh tomatoes, ranch dressing, mozzarella and grated Romano cheeses.

Capozzi’s NY Pizza, Pasta & More 4285 Roswell Road Marietta (770) 321-5550 www.capozzisnypizza.com

Christos Pizza Greek pizza? Oh my yes. The Giannes family has been making pies since 1967 and in Marietta since 1980. You can get the usual veggie and meat combo pies, but the gyro meat and feta cheese pizza as well as Christo’s version of the classic white pizza, made here with white cheddar and feat cheeses, roasted garlic, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, merit special attention.

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We’re only halfway through an exciting year at Cobb Life magazine. Coming up, we’ve got a ton of new and unique articles and features. Here is a snapshot of what is on the horizon. And remember if you have any ideas or suggestions, just email us at mmaguire@cobblife magazine.com. And don’t forget to follow us on our website www.cobblifemagazine. com, facebook or twitter. A u g / S e p t Do it yourself issue Food Trucks O c t o b e r Fave Fall Traditions Seasonal Dishes N o v e m b e r 10 Years of the Gobble Jog

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Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs or Harmful Side Effects Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids,playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed, just one morning, without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain, like standing or walking for a long period of time, you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain.

Do you have any of these arthritic problems? • Osteoarthritis • Rheumatoid arthritis • Bursitis/tendonitis • Degenerative joint disease • Lumbar disc problems • Aching pain in the arms or legs

Pain Pills Are Not The Answer Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain... but like all drugs,it had side effects.After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There's a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself – after taking all these pain medications, maybe for years... are you any better off?

Pain Is Not Just “Old Age” Have you had one doctor after another tell you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis? Sure, if you don't take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn't wait any longer to see if I can help you.) However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I'll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them – only your previously injured joints that have never healed properly. My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, owner of North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute. Over the years since we've opened the doors, I've seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain-free. I've made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you.

“I only wish I had found you sooner...” I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it. Just call before June 15, 2012 and you'll get my "Arthritis Evaluation" for only $20. Here’s what you’ll get: • An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where I will listen – really listen. • A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem. • A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis) (These would normally cost you at least $200). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem. I'll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain. The appointment will not take long at all and you won't be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before June 15th.

Call Today! 678-574-5678 Feel the improvement and say "Yes" to life again! Listen to what someone else has to say about it….. "I came into the office with terrible hip pain and stiffness.Now I am able to move around without all of the pain! Before I came to the office I had a lot of trouble sleeping but now I can sleep 7 hours a night without taking any medication!" Thanks! – D. Hames "When I came in I was dealing with pain that at times left me unable to function normally. Activities such as working out, doing yardwork and lifting my grandson were difficult. Now that I am getting well I feel like a normal person again. I can exercise, lift weights and even pick up my grandson without worrying about the pain!" Thanks again! – K. Sears With my "Arthritis Evaluation," we can find the problem and then correct it.Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks! See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel PA I D A DV E RT I S I N G

muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you're preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You're playing golf again – hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores – without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24-Hour Helpline at 678-5745678 and tell the receptionist you'd like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before June 15th, 2012. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there's an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Ste. 4 in Acworth. (on the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and 41) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life.

Sincerely, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask yourself is this... isn’t life too short to live in pain? Call us today and soon I'll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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T he hot off-load was the first sign that something had gone terribly wrong.

Helicopter blades are dangerous things and when the pilot won’t stop them long enough to allow his cargo safe departure his message is clear: This place is dangerous and I won’t be staying long. Blades spinning overhead, dust kicking up around him, Patrick Flaherty jumped from the helicopter and became just another pair of boots on the ground in Afghanistan. Before he could even see how small, how perilously remote, how stunningly wrong his location was, a man emerged from the dust waving a machine gun. The man asked if he knew how to shoot it. Flaherty, a civilian paramedic hired to provide care

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and medical training to contractors, nodded that he did. The gun was thrust into his hands. “That was my second clue that I was in the wrong place.” But there was no time to protest. Flaherty was pointed toward a hole and told the remote forward operating base, or FOB, to which he’d accidentally been delivered had taken fire every day for days uncounted. He was told to keep his head down and shoot anything that didn’t look American. Clearly the Hippocratic Oath didn’t apply here. Though Flaherty was in the wrong place his presence in Afghanistan was in no way unique. Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan civilian medics have played an unheralded role. Taken as a single, accidental occurrence, Flaherty’s arrival on that FOB in January 2004 can be traced, in equal parts, to the fog of war and a fear of dismemberment.


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A civilian contractor hired to wire the remote base with electricity caught wind of the constant shelling and had already quit before his helicopter ever arrived – unlike medics, electricians don’t sign on for severed limbs. Moments later Flaherty appeared. Mistaken for the missing electrician, he was hastily flown off to the hinterlands. But placed into the context of the American military’s global presence, Flaherty, an East Cobb resident, was exactly where he should have been. After graduating from Mississippi State – where he managed to squeeze his six-foot-six-inch frame, Houdini-like, behind home plate as a catcher – Flaherty moved to Cobb as a structural engineer. His father had been a fire chief in Mississippi and when Flaherty grew tired of engineering he gravitated toward EMS. He studied to be an EMT, then a paramedic, eventually going to work for Grady EMS, the sole 911 provider for the City of Atlanta. In what spare time this left him, he began teaching CPR and first-aid to U.S.-based companies both at home and abroad. During one of his trips a handful of military personnel attended his CPR class and, as so often happens, one thing led to another. Soon Flaherty started accepting offers to teach soldiers from various branches of the military.

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It all sounds like something out of a Jason Bourne movie, including his company name, Vertical Horizons, which is very John le Carre and manages to walk the fine line between innocuous and ominously opaque – which is how life can be sometimes. For the next six years Flaherty returned repeatedly to the Middle East and was on the ground during the most violent years of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts. He witnessed the brutal nature of war and the ebb and flow of America’s global image. “When I was there in 2005 there was still a sense of ‘We’re glad you’re here. We love Americans,’” Flaherty says of Iraqis. “When I went back in 2007 the mood had definitely changed and the public was very antagonistic toward us.” He continued to return, awed by the sight of ordinary people reclaiming their national pride, drawn by the adventure of life lived outside the wire and graced with the rare chance to claim a front row seat to a generation’s defining moments. But there was darkness, too.

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For medics the process of saving lives is simply that: a process. What lies before them is not your husband or mother or, God forbid, your child. It is an airway, a set of lungs and a beating heart. It is a container through which blood runs. Or doesn’t. There is no gray. You simply find the problem and fix it. But over there the rules changed. “I had to ask myself, how do I approach this job? Because back home there’s no way I would consider leaving someone who could survive,” he says. “That’s a daily consideration there.” Say a civilian steps on a mine and lies wounded outside the wire. He could simply be a casualty or he could be a trap, human bait to draw Americans out into the open. “It’s not easy to listen to someone calling out for help knowing there’s nothing you can do, but…” Through it all, the strain of war forged fast bonds between Flaherty and the troops he was sent to train. Still, one element crackled beneath the surface like a charged wire. Military policy dictates no treatment shall be rendered to civilians without immediate life threats. That included Flaherty. “Yeah, that was nerve-wracking.” That night in 2004, Flaherty crouched in a hole for eighteen hours as more than two dozen shells dropped on, what was for him, the wrong FOB. They took six casualties, including the medic, making Flaherty one of those fortuitous mistakes so common in combat. He treated the wounded and assisted in the medevac before being flown out himself. Back home, his wife Vanessa, whom he describes as a very tough woman, had no idea what he was going through. Still, the strain on a family separated by war is considerable. “The hardest trip I took was when my son Declan was three months old,” Flaherty says. “I was gone for two months. It’s not that I was waking up every morning wondering if I was going to get shot. If that’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. It’s that I was watching my son grow up on a computer screen.” For now Flaherty is done. He has no plans to return to the Middle East, content, if not to wile away his days, then to spend them at home as the clinical services director of Sandy Springs Fire Department. When the history of the war on terror is written, scant mention will be made of the positive contributions and selfless sacrifice made by civilian medics. But at least one family will remember. And that’s a start. 

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Krystine Torrela wants you to know what she knows. West Cobb is quickly becoming one of metro Atlanta’s most highly visible communities. And as home to some of Cobb County’s most affluent and growing cities (the county ranks among the U.S.’s 100 wealthiest in terms of median household incomes), West Cobb continues to become a destination for businesses and residents alike. Torrela should know. As president of the West Cobb Business Association (WCBA) and as an associate broker for Keller Williams Realty Cityside, she has a front row seat to the area’s thriving landscape. But where is West Cobb? That depends on who you ask. For this article, we defined the area as stretching from the crossroads of Dallas Highway and Barrett Parkway, west to the Paulding County, then south to Powder Springs. “I have seen a lot of companies open for business here [over the past year or so],” Torrela says. She says the growth can be seen in the number of new business owners that attend the WCBA meetings and networking events, which are designed to help businesses in unincorporated West Cobb. “This tells me our economy here is growing, and that it can be seen in the way people of West Cobb support local businesses.” The West Cobb resident falls into two categories – “blue-chip blues,” described as a comfortable lifestyle for young families with well paying blue-collar jobs, and “kids and cul-de-sacs,” defined as upscale, suburban, married couples with children. Perhaps no city in West Cobb exemplifies that snapshot or defines the area’s growth like Powder Springs, which, according to the 2011 U.S. Census had 17,000 residents and growing. Last year, against the backdrop of tepid economic climate, 97 companies opened for business (92 opened in 2010). “The recession certainly has taken its toll,” says Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn. “There has been a continual decline in tax revenues and business licenses, as well as commercial and residential building permits. But we’re encouraged by the net increase in the businesses we’ve had here. I believe that trend will continue.” Vaughn, a North Carolina native, moved to Powder Springs in 1989, where she ended up serving on the city council in 1995, before eventually becoming mayor in 2004.


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“As the economy improves, we’re positioned to continue our growth. We have ongoing transportation and enhancement projects designed to improve access by making available commercial properties along major travel corridors, and to implement economic development incentives and tools to aid in our recruitment efforts.” Amy Siegal, GM for The Avenues of West Cobb off Dallas Highway in Marietta, says the primary West Cobb market is stable and established, while the secondary market offers the most potential for growth. “Community partnerships are key to the success of any growing small business in West Cobb,” Siegal says. “The trade area is growing, so many national retailers choose this area to round out their store count. The Avenues has maintained a high occupancy rate with low turnover.” Matthias Dang and Kenny Dang, owners of Parisian Nail Salon, originally moved to West Cobb to look for a home. Today, they own two successful nail salons (West Cobb and East Cobb). “Many people know West Cobb as a great place to live, but it’s also a great place to do business.” Linda Baker, owner of True Salon – Aveda at The Avenue, had to expand her hours beyond “normal” hair salon hours to accommodate the demand. “There are a lot of consumers in West Cobb looking for quality stores, restaurants and services.” All the accolades can only mean one thing – the secret of West Cobb is out. “I’m not sure you can say we are a hidden gem anymore,” Torrela says. “And the best is yet to come.”

---Cobb County employment will increase by more than 43 percent by 2030, adding nearly 135,000 jobs between 2000 and 2030. 26.2 ---The percentage of total jobs that Cobb County has (the third-highest percentage) from the five highest paying sectors in the 20-county metro area – behind only Fulton (32.3 percent) and Gwinnett (27.6 percent) ---Cobb County has captured 9.9 percent of the metro Atlanta area’s core growth since 2000. Source: Atlanta Regional Commission

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ne of the bottles did not have a label or a capsule, the hood covering the neck, which often identifies the wine’s origin. It was a traditional green “Bouteille, Bordelais,” the classic high shouldered bottle of the region of Bordeaux and the contents were clearly that of a red wine. One of the most common bottle shapes, it is used in the new world for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, as well as hundreds of blends from the wine growing regions of the world. A true mystery wine, whose identity will only be revealed by removing the cork in hopes that it will give a hint to its origin. The other bottle was wrapped in half-torn rust-colored parchment paper. It was modern in its packaging and did not appear to have the age displayed in the other bottles. A closer examination revealed the bottle was emblazoned with a radiant image of the sun with its corona of twelve flaring rays leaping from its center. The wine, Luce della Vite, in translation means “the light of the vine.” The sun’s energy fuels the 12-month growth cycle of the vine plant and ultimately the fruit it bears. I recalled Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous quote that wine is “bottled poetry.” I could not help but think at that moment that wine is also liquid sunshine. By Michael Venezia  Photography by Reid Traylor


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An envelope was folded beneath the bottle of Luce. Affixed with a red sealing wax stamp was symbolically clear shape of a heart. I removed the letter from the envelope and a steady hand the following words were written. “Dear Friend, drink these wines with those you love. This Luce is from the famous region of Montalcino, home of the Sangiovese and the wine called Brunello. The Frescobaldi family, who bear the title Marchese, have been a part of the Tuscan wine trade for close to 700 years. It is on their estate called Castelgiocando, which is the home of the vineyards used to produce this exceptional wine. Originally established in a partnership with the late Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley, California in the mid 1990’s, the estate today is and important part of the family’s vineyard holdings in Tuscany. Lamberto di Frescobaldi is today continuing the seven century legacy of this famous wine-producing dynasty. So my friend always remember that Luce is the light of the vine and contains the energy of the sun and all of earth’s gifts bottled for your pleasure.” My task completed I reached out to the cellar’s owner and advised him that he gave me two great gifts. The first, the experience of meeting these hundreds of bottles that will offer to those who will appreciate the light of the vine and the profound spirit of sharing. The second was the bottles that I selected for my use in the celebration of this mystical beverage. At the time of this writing I have opened and shared several of those wines with friends who understand that although wine is simply fermented grape juice this extraordinary gift of nature has no rival.


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FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK>>The new season of First Friday Art Walks on the Marietta Square continues July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, and Oct. 5. Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin from Artists’ Alley at Dupre’s Antique Market at 17 Whitlock Ave. Art Walk informational maps are provided at each participating location. Pick up one to learn about the various locations and artists participating in Art Walk. There is no admission charge. Information: 770.429.1115 or www.artwalkmarietta.com MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART>>Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art presents two exhibits, “The Best of the Fred Bentley, Sr. Collection” through June 24 and “Homes and Heroes of the Civil War” through Sept. 9. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located in downtown Marietta at 30 Atlanta Street. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, free for children younger than six years and free for members. Information: 770.528.1444 or www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org GYPSY>>From the first trumpet blast of its legendary overture, to the last white-hot spotlight, “Gypsy” is considered by many to be the greatest American musical ever. “Gypsy” is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist. The story focuses on her mother, Momma Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” The musical follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including “Small World,” “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Some People,” and “Let Me Entertain You.” Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Gypsy” from June 15 through July 1 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in downtown Marietta. Performance times vary. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. Information: 404.377.9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com


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Information: 770.293.0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL>>The hilarious MGM film and Broadway smash hit “Legally Blonde – The Musical” is making its local premiere on The Lyric stage. “Legally Blonde” follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to oneself never goes out of style. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Legally Blonde – The Musical” from July 27 through Aug. 12 at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Performance times vary. Ticket prices range from $30 to $45. This show is not part of the season subscription package. Information: 404.377.9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com

MO’ MOTOWN>>Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy in 1959, completely changed the sound of music in America. This year The Strand brings back another blowout set of shows celebrating the stars and influence of Motown. Starting with a patriotic opening night on July 4, this year’s Motown show promises to deliver a night of unforgettable song and dance. “Mo’ Motown” is July 4 at 7 p.m., July 5, 6, and 7 at 8 p.m., and July 8 at 3 p.m. at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Admission on July 4 is $20, but special tickets may be purchased for $30, which includes admission to the concert and a view of the fireworks show from the rooftop terrace. Tickets for all other performances are $20. Information: 770.293.0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS>>The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre presents the Golden Dragon Acrobats on June 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Tickets are $25 for covered seats, $15 for lawn seating for adults, and $10 for covered seats, $8 for lawn seating for children ages 12 and under. Information: 770.819.7765 or www.mablehouse.org

JAZZ ON THE SQUARE>>Jazz Grooves, a 4-year-old Marietta-based jazz concert promotion company, presents the inaugural “Smooth Jazz on the Square” concert series. The second of two Smooth Jazz concerts is July 14 at 7 p.m. in The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Ticket prices range from $25 to $36. Jazz Grooves is proud to bring Jazz music to this landmark theatre. Their goal is to keep jazz music alive and well in Marietta and the Cobb County area.

RANDALL BRAMLETT BAND>>The South Cobb Arts Alliance presents the Randall Bramlett Band for the second event in their Summer Candlelite Concert Series at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on June 16 at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the general seating area, including covered seats and lawn seating. Lawn chairs are prohibited. Tables are available for purchase for $50.00 for tables that seat four. Information: 770.819.7765 or www.mablehouse.org

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My dad’s best gifts When I picture the image I have of my childhood dad he’s wearing a navy blue sport coat for Sunday mornings. He was (and still is) a Southern Baptist minister — now at Hickory Heights Baptist Church in Acworth — and out of the side of his face more than once across the pew he have me a stern look of “behave or die.” The danger of death was, I’m sure, my own imagination, but at least I got the point and attempted to control my playful mockery of 1950s hymns, perhaps the worst period the hymn writers ever devised. I’m almost positive my dad agrees with this. But more often I see Phil Miller clad in sneakers, t-shirt and jeans throwing something for our dog (nevermind which one), making some obnoxious and creative animal noise in the deep woods or teaching me to catch and clean the bream we’d just caught. I remember most of all the summers. Wrestling in the pool, or that he’d not thought of sandals for the hot pavement to the car or that time he ran fully clothed after a fishing rod dragged away, we hope, by a very large bass at Lake Lanier. Those Georgia summers were simple, and for all his complexity, my dad helped make them so. For my kids I hope to do the same. Hopefully it’s not too late for me to teach them the importance of stick wars and pine cone By Adam Miller battles and the endless adventures of the neighborhood creek. I fear they’ve already learned the magic of a messy car (you never know what treasures you’ll find), but I don’t know if I’ve been as successful as he was with me at teaching them the simple fun of a walk in the woods. No agenda, no drill sergeant schedule, just simple star- and tree-gazing wonder. The same wonder that arrested my mom’s attention a decade before I was born. “He’d pull the car over,” my mom told me recently, “and he’d just say ‘look.’ And I’d say ‘Look at what?’ And he’d say ‘Look at the stars.’” My dad knows a lot of things about a lot of things, but perhaps most valuable of all is that he knows simply how to be. To be with someone, to be there for someone, to be in a

state of simple awareness. I know this sounds a bit new agey or mystical (at least it does to me), but it’s not. What it is is simply hard to find in this era. We have so many options to offer our kids. Streaming movies, video games, screen technology of all kinds, camps of all kinds, diversions of all kinds that have the potential to pull our kids away from a habit many of our parents and their parents practiced instinctively. The habit of enjoying a moment for what it is. For lack of a better cliché, the habit of living in the now. Just as our parents did, we get to define what is special and important for our children. In part we define this by showing them, by how we use our time, what we find important. In part we define this by pulling the car over to look at the stars, by taking a slow walk in the woods or turning off the television, iPhone, iPad, or whatever, and reading from our ratty copy of Curious George, acting out the characters in different animated voices. I know the world won’t stop with the summer. I know things are only bound to speed up. But I hope we’ll get to go slow enough to experience and enjoy the things that matter.


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