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Vesuvius, home of volcanic pizza

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Pizzeria Vesuvius in the Old Fourth Ward is one of those restaurants that is appealing for its oddness. It occupies the vast yet choppy top floor of the space that was home to the Bureau — a star-crossed gastropub that opened and closed relatively quickly.

The sign out front, which depicts an erupting volcano and lava-like letters spelling out “Vesuvius” seriously looks like it announces a circa-1979 head shop rather than a pizzeria.

The parking on its stretch of Edgewood Ave. a block east of the highway overpass is sketchy at best.

Yet it is cheap, fun, stays open throughout the day, offers free WiFi and features some interesting things to eat. As one friend says, it’s a great restaurant to hide out in.

I like the specialty pizzas, which have a crisp crust and all kinds of fun flavor combinations. The medium pizzas ($10-$12) offer eight generous slices each.

photo 3The Vesuvius ($11, pictured above) is a hilarious take on Buffalo chicken wings, with smoked chicken, blue cheese, jalapeño, celery and plenty of hot sauce under a slick of mozzerella. I found it a little too intense and salty at lunch, but think it might shine if a pitcher of beer or three appeared at the table. Still, I find it a little weird to experience all those flavors chopped into bits and amalgamated. I think the pleasure of Buffalo wings is in the contrast of cool dressing and celery with spicy, crispy chicken skin.

The Mazama ($11, above)  was more to my liking. It had a nice balance of mushrooms, feta, onion, spinach, whole roasted garlic cloves (yow!) and chili flakes. This pizza was good at the restaurant and almost better the next day after a reheat in the oven. It’s sturdy pie.

photoThe only thing I flat-out didn’t care for at all was this salad ($6) made with arugula, waxy cheese (or was it cheesy wax?) and pecan bits right out of the bag.

This is no Varasano’s, but it’s a fun joint.

I hope more people discover it.

10 comments Add your comment

ATLien

February 17th, 2010
9:02 am

I just started hearing about this place but haven’t gotten there, yet. I heard the pizza was good but unless the restaurant started getting some butts in seats they wouldn’t last much longer. Hope your write up saves them.

Steve

February 17th, 2010
9:28 am

I’ve never even been to Mt. Vesuvius.

Sam

February 17th, 2010
1:58 pm

This pizza is great, had it delivered a week back, some of the best Wood Oven Cooked pizza in atlanta and the price is great, got a large Vesuvius with delvery charge for only $15

iron_eagle

February 17th, 2010
4:07 pm

great pizza and calzones
and great it delivers.

ATLBORN

February 17th, 2010
7:51 pm

I really did not know pizza could be so GOOD! Vesuvius rocks!

Sasha P.

February 18th, 2010
12:06 pm

I just love the honest, friendly feel of this place. The pizza is delicious, and I’ve been craving it since I ate there last week.

Christina

February 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

That’s right, it’s no Varasano’s, and that’s a good thing. The pizza here is genuinely good, minus all the hype of that other V-place. The folks working and running the joint are friendly and down-to-earth. If you’re looking for good pizza, reasonable price and a fun atmosphere, this is the place.

BentonArsenic

February 22nd, 2010
6:58 pm

True that, it being no Varasano’s and double true that that’s a good thing. On Varasano’s website, he needs to give you a doctoral dissertation on why his pizza’s good. At Vesuvius, you just need to take a bite. Also at Vesuvius, there’s no “instructions” as to how to eat the pizza. Pick it up, cut it up, do whatever you like with it! Personally, I’ll take good food over snob appeal any day.

Jeff

July 24th, 2010
10:44 am

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jeff

July 24th, 2010
10:56 am

VESUVIUS is VERY BEST PIZZA south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (BAYRIDGE BROOKLYN)-period. I discovered it, turned on my son and his friends to the EXQUISITE wood-oven pies. It is perfection on a thin crust. I love the white cheese ALPINA-a fine mix of cheese and herbs (did I mention the crust?). I just WISH that they had some earlier hours on the week-ends, lunch for everyone at the mid-town pool would be cool. I tried on a Saturday and Sunday for spontaneous pool party, but didn’t open till 5pm or so. I did go back after 5, and it was as always; very worth the trip—DELICIOUS!!! and INEXPENSIVE!!! TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT. BAR IS ALSO TERIFFIC-FRIENDLY OWNER AND SERVICE–GO! GO! GO!