105 E Main St
Woodstock, GA 30188
I took my mother to Vingenzo’s on Saturday, May 22, 2010. We arrived at 1:20 pm and were seated immediately.
When you walk in, the inside of the restaurant atmosphere is very different from the street outside upon which it is built. You can see the brick oven burning next to the kitchen. The tables all had black table cloth with black cloth napkins rolled up containing the silver ware.
The host who seated us was extremely polite and had a hint of an Italian accent. He smiled the whole time and seemed very happy to be there. He was very friendly and seemed to be enjoying his time there. I believe he is the owner, but i forgot to ask.
After being seated, our waitress was with us to take our drink orders within two minutes (she was cleaning a table, and told us very politely she would be with us in just a moment. She finished up and was with us pretty quickly). She took our drink orders of two waters and a double espresso. We had checked the menu online so we already knew we wanted a Caprese. She grabbed our drinks and our salad and had it all in front of us within five minutes.
The Caresse salad was delicious. It included two generous slices of fresh mozzarella, a few pieces of basil that were lightly covered in olive oil and four cherry tomatoes. It was seasoned very lightly and was very satisfying.
Then she took our order:
Just for the experience and so I would have two separate pizzas to yelp about, my mother and I both ordered our own pizzas. I ordered the margharita pizza. It looked really good on the website, and i figured you cannot beat the classic. This pizza was absolutely amazing. It was perfectly and had a crust that was just barley thick enough to hold the toppings. It was topped with a delicious san marzano tomato sauce, four large slices of fresh mozzarella cheese (mozzarella di bufala), and three basil leaves. All of the cheeses are made by the restaurant and are really fresh.
My mom ordered the” Quattro Formaggi” pizza with arugula. It was topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, and four cheeses: a little Gorgonzola, provolone, fontina, and mozzarella (latte fresco mozzarella. The arugula was placed right in the center of it. This pizza too had a thin crisp crust that was just thick enough to hold the toppings. This pizza was not overwhelming with cheese, as the sauce was easily seen, and she gave me a piece of it to try. It was delicious.
The pizzas were not cut, and were served with a knife so that you could have the opportunity to cut it yourself, although in Italy they do not cut it at all. they just eat it with a fork and knife. I attempted to eat it with a fork, but the crust was so very crisp and thin so it broke when i attempted to cut it. But it tasted delicious!
We asked about what gelato flavors they had today. They said lemon, chocolate, pomegranate, and pistachio. They said more, but i forgot what they were. I have had gelato in Seattle and it was delicious but had never had pomegranate gelato before, so i went ahead and tried it. It was very creamy and very sweet, but it tasted a bit like they had used syrup to make it. I probably would order the pistachio next time, but it was still good and it was something i had never tried before.
My mother ordered the ricotta cheese cake. It was served on a small plate with a strawberry on the side. It was very soft and creamy and i loved it. It had few raisins and chocolate chips on the bottom of the slice that had been soaked in Marsala (a sweet white wine), and was delicious. It did not taste fresh and was more like a creamy pound cake than anything, but the flavors still blended well together.
With 2 waters, 1 double espresso, 2 pizzas, 1 gelato, and 1 ricotta cheese cake the total bill came up to about $53. I think i paid a very good price for the service and the amazing pizza i got. Different people have different opinions and others may prefer a thick greasy crust with meat all over it but for one of the best thin and crispy crusted pizzas i have had in quite a while and for an amazing atmosphere and ricotta cheese cake, i would recommend Vingenzo’s for a great gormet pizza experience.
We were in and out within half an hour.
-Andrew D. Morrison-