'Different' kind of pie enters pizza wars
As my mother would have said, "There are more pizza shops in Gainesville than you can shake a pepperoni at!" With over 20 different pizza restaurants in Gainesville, the GLOB Master was surprised at the unique, very non-ordinary pizza served at V Pizza downtown in previous Vello's location. With a new 90-second, fast- fired pizza process and Amore & La Palude ovens and ingredients imported from Italy, V Pizza quickly delivers a new 'old style' pizza to your table.
The V Pizza owners were "also concerned that peoples' opinions of what pizza was would be very different from what we were serving. Imported dry aged Italian meats, San Marzano tomatoes, and 00 flour? Cheese from a buffalo? Pizzas that aren't perfectly round? Burn marks on the crust."
As a nice surprise I have been introduced to San Marzano tomatoes. What a delicious taste change from the usual tomato, marinara sauce. San Marzano tomatoes are the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy. They are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavor and low acidity and they are coveted for their firm pulp, deep red color, easy to remove skin and low seed count. In fact while regular round tomatoes usually have four or five locules or seed pockets, plum tomatoes like those from San Marzano tomatoes have only two.
In addition to pizza, V Pizza also serves wings, paninis, calzones, strombolis, and salads.
V Pizza has a specially priced lunch menu everyday for $9.95 that covers a self-serve beverage, cheese pizza + 1 topping or any any house pizza for $10.95; gluten-free pizzas for an additional $3; paninis, calzone +1 topping for $10.95, and chicken wings. There is a complete V Pizza menu at the bottom of this review.
V Pizza serves their pizzas in full pies. No single slice option here.
GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk and I decided to share a pizza and try some of the 'Best chicken wings in Jacksonville,' according to Natassia our server, seated right in image above.
At our special request we split our pizza ingredients in half with Pizza Napoli on one half with included eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh garlic, and basil and Pizza Carnivora on the other half with, sopressata (premium pepperoni), pancetta, red onion, roasted garlic, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce. This was a momma mia lunch.
We also decided to share an order of the wood oven-roasted chicken wings for $12. These 'prime cut' chicken wings larger than I have seen lately were marinated with fresh lemon, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper, fresh garlic, and caramelized onions.
The thick, meaty wings had a pronounced rosemary flavor and a tasty burnt char for an extremely flavorful taste. I did ask Natassia if there were any hot sauces available, and she suggested the calabrian chili pepper sauce. We gave it a try and this sauce was good--not overly hot but left a lingering, flavorful, heat-like sensation in my mouth that made me smile. The singular flavor and texture of these first and second joints make me want to go back and try the other flavors of V Pizza wings.
Our pizza arrived quickly to our table and looked beautiful. Talking about an obvious food contradiction there sat half of a meatless pie split next to a meat lover's dream lunch.
At first bite I was startled at the deliciously rich taste of the San Marzano tomatoes. WOW! The meat flavors were also pronounced with a prize going to the spicy sausage that included a prominent basil and garlic flavor. The veggie side of the pizza was equally enjoyable with my first experience of sliced eggplant on pizza. On this slice I could also taste the excellent basil, garlic, and goat cheese flavors.
All right GLOBers. Off the top of my head, I'm thinking this is the third flash-fired pizza stand in Gainesville. Granted it ensures your lunch will be ready to eat in a typical one-hour lunch break. In my experience, the downside of the flash-fired, quick-serve pizza process is a limp pizza crust. You must eat the end of you pizza quickly BEFORE the toppings fall onto your plate or some place more disconcerting.
I need to remember to ask them to flash-fire my pizza an additional 10 minutes or so to see if I can get a crispy crust, which I prefer.
The V Pizza building had a familiar look to it with the tables and dining area not much different from its Vello's days. The bar had a friendly, inviting look with several big-screen TVs. They did put some seats in front of the open kitchen where you can enjoy looking into the ceramic-tiled, wood-burning ovens as pizzas are being made and have interesting conversations with the pizza chefs.
V Pizza works for me. I liked the new approach to same old pizza. The chicken wings were really good.
I do need to remember, "COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES, COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES, COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES . . .!"
The Pluses and Minuses of V Pizza
V Pizza + indicators: San Marzano tomatoes are delicious, and the larger than usual chicken wings are very tasty.
V Pizza - indicators: Lunch prices keep creeping upward with $12 chicken wings, and $16 pizzas.
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- Phone Number: 352 888-7533
- Address: 115 SE 1st Ave.
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: V Pizza
- Latitude: 29.65077
- Longitude: -82.32341
Ken Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:14 Comment Link
Loved the pizza but for a dinner with some wine the noise ( music?) was too loud and impossible to escape. Maybe an age thing? So no slam intended just an observation.