It’s been nearly a month since I got to sneak over to the highly anticipated Varasano’s Pizzeria. Jeff was just getting the feel for his new oven and the place was still under construction. 18-pizzas later (I kid you not) … I was plump and happy. Unlike his home tasting which I attended, Jeff used this opportunity as a scientific experiment. At his home, the purpose was to show people what he was all about.
I could tell Jeff was not satisfied, which left me befuddled. Even the worst slice that came out of the oven was better than anything I’ve had hear in the Dirty. Whether Varasano’s succeeds remains to be seen; however, Jeff has made some really smart hires and has his mind in the right place.
At this point, the best I can tell you is that the parlor will be open soon … very very soon. While they are still learning the new oven, things are headed in the right direction.
As with any restaurant of this ilk, there are bound to be some people that love it and some people that think it’s as overhyped as any restaurant. Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, a couple of things are apparent: Jeff Varasano knows what he’s doing, his pizzas are thoughtful and well constructed, and he cares about his craft.