Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Big Pizza Pies and Half Price Wine at Varasano's

There's nothing like taking advantage of a great deal, especially when it involves gourmet pizza and half-priced bottles of wine. Intrigued? If so, The Affordable Foodie recommends hitting up Varasano's Pizzeria in South Buckhead on Tuesday nights.

We spent two Tuesday nights during the month of December at the pizza joint devouring pies and downing bottles of Montepulciano. We're happy to report that the pizza was delicious, the wine warmed our bellies and the owner, who chatted us up at the bar, provided laughs with accounts of his past victories in Rubik's Cube competitions.

After trying five out of the 11 pizzas on the menu, we agreed that the Nana's (The House Specialty) is our favorite. We're obsessed with the combination of the herb-laced tomato sauce and the silky mozzarella cheese. The pie reaches an ethereal level when you add Varasano's house-made fennel sausage. If you're not into the traditional red sauce, try the Caramelized Onion pizza. The blend of sweet onions and Emmenthaler cheese will leave you begging for more. The best news is that no matter what toppings you choose, they will adorn a heavenly crust that is simultaneously charred and crunchy on the outside and chewy and squishy in the center.

We've heard complaints about Varasano's wine list, mainly having to do with the lack of variety. In response to these criticisms, we ask: if a bottle of wine is half price, does anyone really care what it tastes like? We're just sayin'...

As of Tuesday, Jan. 5, Varasano's was honoring the Tuesday night wine special.

Varasano's Pizzeria
2171 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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