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P’cheen owners take over Pizzeria Vesuvius (and more news)

Pizzeria VesuviusAlex Friedman, Keiran Neely and Mike LaSage, owners of P’cheen International Bistro & Pub, recently took over and reopened the Pizzeria Vesuvius on Edgewood Ave. after being approached by the pizza joint’s former owners.

The menu retains the most popular pies from the original menu, but also features many new items designed by chef Friedman. Neely says that classic Italian ingredients are used with more contemporary preparations. Both New York- and Neapolitan-style pizzas are offered along with calzones, subs and salads. Pizza toppings include house-made sausage and house-cured cold cuts. Craft beer and seasonal wines are among the new additions to the menu.

The new owners kept only the upper level portion of the original two-story space and redecorated it with volcano-themed murals. The upstairs room has been divided that right down the middle, forming two rooms. One remains the Pizzeria Vesuvius. The second, with no windows and only a hidden entry off of the pizzeria, will become the Edgewood Speakeasy. Neely says more details on the speakeasy will be forthcoming.

Neely, Friedman and Mike LaSage also have another project in the works: Bone Lick BBQ, which is expected to open on the Westside late this summer.

11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays. 327 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-343-4404. $-$$.

In other news:

  • Barbecue comes to Tucker with the recent opening of Greater Good Barbecue. The restaurant is co-owned by Clay Harper, who brought us La Fonda Latina and Fellini’s Pizza. This new 165-seat spot serves traditional Southern barbecue. You’ll find your pulled pork sandwiches, racks of ribs and smoked chicken served with house-made tomato-based barbecue sauce. Greater Good also offers a full menu of the expected barbecue accompaniments including collard greens, macaroni and cheese, brunswick stew and cole slaw. Beer is also available to compliment the ‘cue. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Noon – 9 p.m. Sundays. 4431 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker. 770-908-8164. $-$$.
  • La Tavola Trattoria’s executive chef, Brent Banda, has created a special menu featuring the season’s best heirloom tomatoes for this annual event at the restaurant. Tomatofeast dishes are available as a three-course prix fixe menu ($35) or a la carte. The event runs through Aug. 4. The regular dinner menu will also be available during this time.

13 comments Add your comment

Don't forget about Mike

July 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Clay Harper’s business partner is Mike Nelson who is from Spain and can take most of the credit for the La Fonda Latina concept – Clay’s brother is Matt Harper of Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack fame so they obviously know BBQ too – can’t wait to try Greater Good because these guys know quality – my mouth is watering


July 24th, 2012
2:27 pm

Fat Matt boils the meat, then slathers it with sauce while briefly smoking it. That’s not real BBQ. Only people who don’t know what real BBQ is supposed to be like that stuff.

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July 24th, 2012
3:11 pm

The BBQ joint sounds like a (pardon the pun) bare bones operation from what i’ve heard. not too many reviews i’ve heard make me want to go try it.


July 24th, 2012
3:49 pm

Is that true Edward about Fat Matt’s?

I have always been underwhelmed when I ate there, the last time I did was probably 5+ years ago. That last time I got the rib sandwich and to this day I still remember all of the fat and grease that they served me. It did seem to be strangely cooked. I know BBQ ribs can be fatty but this was beyond the pale. Gross.

FM Fats

July 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

I hope Edgewood Avenue can support a couple of pizza joints, with Amazza, the Antico knockoff, opening soon. It’s a great fun neighborhood these days, even if it can still be a little scary.


July 24th, 2012
9:23 pm

The comment about boiled meat at Matt’s is interesting. After having dined there several times due to raves by co workers I could never understand the love fest. My comments to them was that the meat tasted boiled, no flavor at all. Certainly not BBQ or even smoked meat.

Typical Redneck

July 25th, 2012
9:54 am

Fat Matts is awful.


July 25th, 2012
10:38 am

All this hate for Fatt Matt’s – I thought I was alone!!!!


July 26th, 2012
10:59 pm

Fat Matt’s was good…in the early 90s. Since then they’ve been slinging greasy, over-cooked and over-priced BBQ and rested solely on their name. I’ve had better BBQ out of a food truck.

Fred ™

July 27th, 2012
12:07 am

Was Vesuvius the place with the volcanic rock oven?


July 27th, 2012
8:04 am

I live near Fatt Matts and I am amazed when I drive by on the week-ends and see the long lines outside of the door. My husband and I went there once when I first moved in the area. We got a slab of ribs take-out. There was no way I could sit down and eat in that dump. When I got home I could not believe it, nothing but fat and grease. Yes, I attempted to eat one rib and threw up. My husband who refuses to throw anything out ate it. I will never go back. Some friends were visiting once from California and had read about Fatt Matt on the Internet and wanted to go. I told them Hell No. There would no way they were going back to California and said that this was Georgia barbeque. But hey, it works for Fatt Matt. They sell it and people eat it! YIKES!!

epic quibble

July 28th, 2012
2:39 pm

Fat Matt’s is fo’ dang sho’ pretty slim pickins. HORRIBLE.