REVIEW: Varuni Napoli, Midtown Atlanta
We had planned to go Friday night to Varuni Napoli well in advance of this evening. We wanted a great post to wrap up Midtown Restaurant Week but we didn’t expect it to end with such a bang, and I don’t mean in a good way.
We fought typical Friday evening traffic getting to Midtown and we were ravenous by the time we arrived. I was pretty excited when I got there. There is generous parking behind the restaurant and there’s this really cool seating area out back that we walked through that is great for socializing with friends in cooler weather.
We got there just at the right time because there wasn’t much of a line but one started to form as soon as we queued up. We really weren’t sure what to order so we just told the cashier that we were new diners here and we wanted half cheese and half with pepperoni and sausage. Easy enough, right?
I went around snapping some pictures while Melanie and Laurie waiting patiently for our pizza to arrive. The two pizza ovens they have are the central focus of the open kitchen and I was almost drooling thinking how good this pizza was going to be.
When the pizza arrived, we thought it looked fantastic but I was immediately concerned that this pizza was going to be big enough to feed the three of us. From the first slice, I knew something was wrong.
The crust was virtually nonexistent. It was paper-thin and weak. There wasn’t much sauce on it, so that wasn’t the problem. I’d paid for extra cheese but I couldn’t see much cheese on it anywhere. I thought the flavor of the pizza was good because I liked the taste that comes from being cooked in an oven with fire. Melanie thought it was just bland and Laurie didn’t like the small burnt sections of the crust.
For a $26 pizza, we’d expected a whole lot more. I had three small pieces, the ladies had two and split another. Considering there was no substance to this pizza, we considered it an expensive appetizer and left in search of a proper dinner. We wanted to love Varuni Napoli because the restaurant is really a cool place, but you need to look for great pizza elsewhere. Guten appetit!