By Hope S. Philbrick
On the corner of Dresden and Caldwell in the heart of “downtown” Brookhaven, Georgia, there are now three pizzerias. The newest, Vero Pizzeria, opened December 8, 2015, and is sister to the Haven and Valenza restaurants it sits between. Vero translates to “true” and aims to offer hungry pizza-cravers the most authentic tastes of Napoli and Campania, Italy.
Vero Pizzeria is casual: Even if you plan to eat your pizza at the restaurant, you’re asked to order at the counter near the rear entrance (convenient to the valet parking) before grabbing a table. After you’re seated, however, you can expect attentive service from staffers.
The oven was crafted by Gianni Acunto Forni, a small family business that has crafted pizza ovens since 1892. “Gianni Acunto Forni uses the original method for handmade construction on their pizza ovens, a secret that has been passed down through the family,” according to a press release. “Every oven produced is unique and crafted with great attention to detail. Vero Pizzeria’s oven is cast from clay from Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic rock and weighs over 6,800 pounds.” The wood-fired oven is hot enough to cook pizzas in about two minutes and sits in full view.
We tried two of the eight available pizzas: The tomato, mozzarella and basil ($13) lived up to expectations, but in the side-by-side comparison we favored the one topped with tomato, fennel sausage, rapini, pesto and Calabrian chili ($15). Vero’s pizzas are made in one standard size and have a hand-tossed thick crust: A couple could share one pizza, but it’s more fun to get two, share and take a slice or two home if you can’t finish—if hungry, a person could finish one pie.
Food here is made using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Pizzas dominate the menu, but you can also get small plates (including roasted seasonal vegetables), salads, charcuterie, and, of course, beverages (including some Italian imports). Chef Matt Swickerath oversees the kitchen.
Whether you eat in, take out or pick up curbside, Vero Pizzeria is ready to satisfy your pizza cravings.
1441 Dresden Dr., Suite 120
Brookhaven, GA 30319
Odds of Encountering Children: Varies, but generally moderate. The Brookhaven neighborhood is populated by more young professionals than families.
– Photo Credits: Andrew Thomas Lee Photography
Thanks to Vero Pizzeria for hosting our recent visit; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.