Thursday, January 8, 2009

Waiting, waiting, waiting for Varasano's

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 6:54 PM

I filed a Grazing column about the new Pizza Fusion this week (and it should appear online soon).

Meanwhile, every pizza fanatic in the city is eagerly awaiting the opening this month of Varasano's Pizzeria in Buckhead's new Mezzo building. Jeff Varasano has become the Internet's pizza guru, as John Kessler wrote in the AJC in July.

Our favorite new blogger, Foodie Buddha, wrote a great post after previewing Varasano's at a private gathering last month. Among his observations:

Varasano’s humor comes through in the form of two pizzas: The Dude and The Chic. As you may guess, the dude pizza is heavy on the meats while the chic tends to lend itself to ones’ lighter sensibilities. The dude pizza was so delicious that I gladly swallowed the black olives served on top! That’s saying something - I do not care for black olives on my pizza. Other classic ingredients found their way onto my plate throughout the evening. These included, but were not limited to, prosciutto, lemon, basil, mozzarella, and sausage. In addition, a handful surprises showed up. Both Polly and I agreed that our favorite was the New Haven Clam, a New England tradition based loosely on a white clam sauce. One enthusiastic fan went so far as to call her bite of New Haven orgasmic! We also enjoyed a red clam pizza and a fantastic calzone filled with meat.

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