In said review, I discussed the deliciousness of the Dean Martin pizza. The Dean Martin is a reciprocal honoring of both pizza and bacon. At the time of that post, I did not have a photograph depicting the glory that is the Dean Martin…but I do now. When you visit Virgilio’s as often as Andy and I do, there are always opportunities to take a few pics. Ladies and Gentlemen…the Dean Martin:
* Please note that the shredded basil comes separately for purposes of strategically placing it on the pizza yourself. The haphazard basil placement above is my handy-work.
Update from previous post: When I picked up this pizza (take out), Virgilio did not recognize me. Again.
I should also tell you that Virgilo’s offers free wifi. And, Virgilio’s makes gluten-free pizza. Awesome.
There can be no dispute, Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar makes the best pizza in the land. You won’t find anything better. Trust me. In addition to pizza, the menu offers other treasures too: homemade mozzarella, burrata, and homemade Italian cookies (including a ridiculously delicious shortbread nutella cookie sandwich – to die for!).
Virgilio’s is located just off C470 and Kipling. They have an exceptional wine list, wine bar, outdoor eating with fire pit, and TVs for watching your favorite sports. The restaurant has a welcoming feel with unique Italian decor, including many walls covered in wine corks (pretty cool). I’ve probably visited this restaurant upwards of 30 times (Andy lives less than 1/2 mile away), and there has never been an occasion where the owner, Virgilio Urbano, has not been there working away. It’s kind of like seeing a celebrity. In fact, we were there on Friday night with a “Yelp” coupon. In order to redeem said coupon, Virgilio actually touched and held my phone. How cool is that? Just sayin’.
Anyway…my most favorite pizza is known as the Dean Martin. In case you haven’t noticed, I love bacon. Bacon can compliment almost any dish and really, the more the better. The Dean Martin has a traditional red sauce base, topped with real bacon, fresh garlic, and fresh basil. The crust is light and crunchy. I’m starting to freak out just thinking about how wonderful this pizza is. And no, I don’t have a photo, but you should go try it for yourself.
Because Andy won’t agree to this pizza on a regular basis (which makes no sense), I am forced to eat the Margherita Pizza. Truth be told, it is just as good as the “Dean” … almost. Think homemade mozerella, sliced tomatoes, fresh garlic - cooked to perfection and then topped with fresh basil and Pecorino Romano cheese.
I should note that you can take and bake Virgilio’s pizza, as well. It comes on a disposable dish for baking. That way, you don’t even need to dirty your own. Thoughtful right? Our take and bake experience was pretty darn good.
Our favorite appetizer is the Buratta Plate with Prosciutto: homemade mozzarella stuffed with creamy mozzarella curd served with garlic toast:
Finally, I will mention our second favorite appetizer Prosciutto Di Parma Plate. This includes thinly sliced prosciutto topped with Romano and Fresh Basil, served with garlic toast. So good!
This place is so good. We’ve probably eaten there more than most people should eat anywhere. I almost feel like we should have a dedicated table or something. But until that time, I’ll eat my “Dean” and wait for Virgilio to touch my phone again…or, one day he might start recognizing us! I’ll let you know if that happens!