Pizza is a favorite food around the blog (obvi). We like to go out for it, order it in, pick it up for delivery, heat up frozen from the grocery store, or make our own (love TJ’s whole wheat pizza dough). I think that’s one of the glorious things about pizza – so many options! Thin crust, thick crust, cheese-stuffed crust, wheat, gluten-free, veggie, meat-lovers, buffalo chicken, marinara, white, pesto – I mean the list is endless, and let’s be honest, you can pretty much enjoy some type of pizza any time of the day or night…
So, when we got word that a new pizza joint was opening in town, I was on it like a hawk! We went to the grand opening of Varuni Napoli (at the intersection of Monroe and Piedmont, right next to Hob Nob) last week and my taste buds would like to go back. Here is what you need to know before heading over there and I recommend you head over there pronto!
- Prosecco on tap and reasonably priced beer and wine selection. Prosecco is my go-to drink year-round, so $7 glasses on tap makes my day! Glasses of red or white will run you $5 (and that’s not just at happy hour), and draft beers will run you $5-$8 – they have Peroni, Moretti and Sweetwater 420 currently on draft.
- Fried pizza. Enough said – you must try it out for yourself. The best thing we tried on opening night.
- Wood-fired oven crust. If you like Antico’s crust, you’ll love this crust. They have two huge wood-burning stoves in the middle of the open-design kitchen that are constantly being refilled with pizzas for baking. They are gorgeous to look at to – with a blue mosaic design and red lettering.
- Authentic Neapolitan pies with toppings galore. They import their main ingredients, including Doppio Zero flour, cold-press olive oil, Italian olives, cured meats, San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, so everything is super legit.
- Bar seating. They have a lovely little bar that wraps around the kitchen with glass so you can see right in as they prepare your delicious pizza. Lots of plugs and bag hooks hidden underneath the bar as well, so perfect if you need a quick iPhone charge while you have a drink and a bite.
- If you are into fancy Italian-style coffee drinks, they have you covered with Cappuccinos, Macchiatos, and Espressos.
- Plenty of parking in the Clear Creek Mall behind the restaurant. Unlike their Hob Nob neighbors, you don’t have to valet – nice!
I can’t wait to go back and bring Meg – I know she’ll just love the food and the vibe. I am super intrigued by the “street food” on their menu and always have room to try a new Cannoli. With all the rave reviews this place has been getting though, we’ll be prepared to wait for a seat. I wouldn’t mind grabbing a glass of Prosecco and hanging near the bar while we wait though 🙂 Cheers!