Fridays when I grew up meant pizza. Â So a few Fridays back, we decided to head to Veloce for some pies.
It was around 9 p.m. when we showed up and tables were scarce, but the host said he could squeeze us in. Â He made a big deal of putting our table of 4 in ahead of other reservations, so we gave him a little bit of a tip. Â As we sat at these elevated picnic tables, we knew we had to keep drinking from Happy Hour, so we went with the cheapest bottles of wine at $32 a bottle.
We just decided to go with two pies for dinner and the waiter advised two pies were enough for the 4 of us if we weren’t starving. Â Coming from some appetizers at City Crab, we weren’t too too hungry, so we went with the two pies, one being a margherita and a sopressata picante (also known as pepperoni). Â We dug into the pies, with three of us grabbing from the pepperoni, but I decided to dig first into the margherita. Â Everyone started raving about how great their piece was and I couldn’t understand it. Â Were my taste buds off? Â This pizza tasted terrible.
And then I realized, the entire bottom of my piece was black.
I might as well have been licking charcoals that were cooled off. Â I honestly can’t even tell you how the sauce tasted because this burnt taste was so overpowering. Â Everyone thought I was out of my mind and then Eddie realized a part of his piece was burnt, and admitted too that it was all he could taste.
I moved on to the pepperoni piece, checking the bottoms first to make sure I wasn’t getting another burnt piece. Â Not sure if it was this type of pie, or the fact that I could actually taste it, but the sauce was delicious and had a great spicy flavor. Â The crust was also fabulous – and I did enjoy that the pizza was cooked in a square pan since it made me think of mom’s (aww love youuuu, Joanne).
The bartender sent over some complimentary limoncello as we wrapped up our meal, which I thought was a nice gesture. Â While I wasn’t a fan of the pizza, especially since it was so highly recommended from every review site, I did think it was a great atmosphere and theÂ wait staffÂ was very attentive. Â I understand the kitchen might have had an off-night, but if pizza is your specialty, don’t serve burnt pizza. Â Since half our pizza was black on the bottom and the other half was perfect, Veloce, you may want to check your oven.The Basics Name: Veloce Pizzeria Location: 103 First Ave between 6th and 7th St Who to bring: Friends, Date Price: $$ Pizzas under $20. Overall: Check your pizza.Â If it’s burnt, send it back. 3 stars.