I've been to Vespa maybe 12 to 15 times over the last two years and they have really gotten better at each visit. Always liked the joint but they have listened to the comments and criticisms over the years and seem to have really put together a restaurant that will be a mainstay. Always friendly, some interesting menu items, cool spot on DI, I congratulate them on doing a fine job and wish them well in the future.
Not that Urbanspoon is the end all be all but after reading Rosemary's review and positive comments about Baroni's I figured I would look them up. I am always up for a good pizza. Well, 74% approve for a restaurant with a solid third of the reviews negative is not very enticing. I looked at Evo's and 92% positive with nearly four times as many votes and out of the 37 reviews only four were negative, and two of those were about price. If you understand what Evo is doing and how much effort goes into their food you will understand why they have to charge the prices that they do. If not, I would suggest Cici's, that just means that when I have to go on the customary wait at EVO it will at least be for people who understand what they are eating and drinking and not be looking for the nearest buffet trough.
Great food, great beer, great service, consistently.
On Tap: Southerntier 2xIPA, Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA, Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB, Abita Purple Haze, Blue Moon Belgian White, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Spaten Optimator, Widmer Hefe, Amstel Light, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Steven's Point Root Beer, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Yuengling, Stella Artois, Newcastle, Coast HopArt IPA, Magic Hat #9, Sierra Celebration, Sam Adams Winter, New Belgium Fat Tire, 1554, Harpoon Vermont Spruce Tip, Guinness, Bitburger Pilsener, Great Divide Titan IPA, Highland Cold Mountain.
Bottles: Bell's Christmas Ale, New Holland Mad Hatter, Bear Republic Black Bear Stout, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Alewerks Washington Porter, Sam Smith Nut Brown, New Planet Gluten Free (Tread Lightly Ale, 3R Raspberry Ale), New Belgium Belgo, Kaliber NA, Corona, and most major domestics.
Wine: House Merlot, Cab Sauv, and Chardonnay by Lamplighter Vineyards, Clos du Bois Chard, Liberty School Chard, Pacific Rim Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauv Blanc, Beringer White Zin, Stella Pinot Grigio, Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, Oyster Bay Merlot, Sterling Cab Sauv, Castle Rock Pinot Noir, Trapiche Pinot Noir, Hardy's Shiraz, Ruffino Classico Chianti, Bodega Elena Malbec, Zen of Zin.
Beer list is always changing based on seasonal offerings and taps are NEVER empty. Wine list is well rounded and affordably priced. Not a fine dining list, but certainly not "plonk".
As a personal note, Mellow Mushroom rocks! I love their food. However, comparing a Brixx pizza to a Mellow Mushroom pizza is ridiculous. May as well compare Thai food to Japanese. They're both delicious! But not remotely comparable.
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Clearly whomever is giving this place high ratings must be the owner or an employee. This place is terrible. Frankly the very worst service, food and management I have ever experienced. Your order will take forever to come out and when it does, don't expect it to be correct. I wish I had read reviews before going to Carolina Crust because I would have saved myself a lot of time and aggravation. Also, the owner will not hesitate to yell and cuss at customers- she was yelling at people at a table when we were in there. And she said negative things about Hanahan which I thought was very rude and offensive. We weren't even the objects of her rage but I would never ever go back to this place.
This was the worst eating establishment I have ever experienced in the Charleston, SC area. The owner/management was the most unprofessional and rudest person I have ever come into contact with. Our office went to lunch to celebrate a birthday and she made it a horrible day for all of us. We waited almost 2 hours to be served and half of our party still did not receive their orders before we left, other orders were wrong, and the food was not all that great. She refused to cancel their orders and took her time giving the rest of us our checks so that we could return to work. After some very rude and belligerent comments, which included cuss words, from the owner/management, we paid our tabs and left without having to call the police to help us out. I would not recommend this place to anyone that wants a positive experience. The owner is a horrible young lady who has a very bad attitude!!
Well, Rosemary, I'm glad you have an opinion. That is super. Unfortunately, you didn't really give EVO a chance because judging from your review, you came in with an idea of what you wanted and EVO didn't meet that standard. You already had your heart set on pizza, but you didn't want anything that was offered. Yes, EVO has a limited menu, but in my opinion, it better to do a few things well than be mediocre at a wider expanse. So for having a narrow mind, strike one. The beer menu is limited at EVO, but it offers many creative options instead of the Bud/Bud Light/Guiness/Bass combos I've seen so many other places. But you already had your budget set, and you wanted the brand of beer that you like and nothing else. Strike two. As for the service, judging from everything you wrote, it almost looks like you had already judged the place to suck. If you really couldn't find anything on the menu, why didn't you just leave? I have been to EVO a good 40 times over the past 2 years, with parties ranging from 2 to 14, and not once have I ever been disappointed in the service. Foul tip into the mitt, strike 3.
Seriously, NY pizza joints are a dime a dozen. I've never had Baroni's, and I'm sure they do a damn fine NY pizza. But if you don't like the place, don't come back, or bitch about what they don't have expecting them to cater to you. It's not going to happen. Enjoy Baroni's, all that means is more seats open for myself, my family and my friends at EVO.
Saturday night after some debate we decided we still wanted pizza but wanted to try something new. We picked EVO due to CCP's reviews.
Point of fact I would like to make first, I never order pizza from chain stores. They are overpriced, over sauced and the pizza is usually lousy.
We were probably the oldest couple in the place being in our (very) late 40's, as we looked over the menu I could not tell if we were in a pizza place or not. I couldn’t find most of our favorite toppings on the menu but the one I did find was $3! Strike one.
After looking at the beer prices I felt it necessary to ask the server if the price was reflecting any sort of stock option in the brewing company.
There wasn't any sort of normal beer to choose from. They had what seemed like dozens of craft beers. I have had these beers before, I did like “Theobroma” from Dogfish but it isn't easy to find anymore. There are certain foods that I demand a decent beer for such as, cheeseburgers, fish & chips and PIZZA. I will drink Guinness with any food on the planet but I was told they didn’t have that on tap or in a bottle. Strike two. (Thank goodness we were not far away from Madra Rua Pub.)
After looking the menu over for 10 minutes or so and having the server come by every 2 minutes to get our order we decided to just order the Focaccia appetizer and two drinks. The server asked if we were ordering anything else and we declined because there wasn’t anything we wanted to eat on the menu, the server got snippy and disappeared. After 20 minutes we got our drinks and a plate of the Focaccia and oil. We needed more oil because the Focaccia was not stale but hard from being too close to the ovens maybe? (I would suggest a few shakes of a good Modena Balsamic Vinegar along with the oil for the Focaccia) Strike three.
I am not sure where the young people who were in there work, but they must be making more money than this engineer. I see no reason at all for the prices of the food and more importantly the beer.
After a few pints of Guinness down the street we picked up a pizza on our way home. Don't worry Mr Baroni, we will never be unfaithful to Baroni’s NY Pizza again!!
Quaint restaurant. You will feel at home the moment you walk in the door. The pizza is wonderful, full of real Italian flavor. The sauce is divine and freshly prepared on site. This is a must have each time I visit the Charleston area.
This place was sooo good when there review came out in the city paper. A few months later they have droped the ball. The last 2 times we have went & got the burgandy phillys they have no cheese & NO BURGANDY MUSHROOMS? There deserts are good but the food is suffering. I know they have a huge turn over in employees so maybe they will get it fixed. Also the blonde who works there mostly at night is SUPER nice & helpful. I can get a better philly at Publix.
The food is good. The tables are tiny. Perfect place for a party of four infants or two skinny midgets.
New Ownership new staff pizza is fresh and i love it
I wouldn't have responded yet for the crack about Beer Guru. To address that, I would offer that I have likely forgot more about beer than the poster knows. It's Weihenstephan by the way and is probably the benchmark for Bavarian Hefeweizen.
Mt. Pleasant is a smaller market than my last NC location (Greensboro) and the one you cited (Charlotte), but you estimation is flawed on many accounts: food quality should not be affected by market size; Charlotte has 5 locations to serve the city while Mt. Pleasant is the only Charleston area location serving the charleston metro area so likely they are marketing to the same size group.
The crack about Mellow is that Brixx was giving them the business, not me personally. Mellow I agree is more expensive, but better- I can't finish a personal pizza at Mellow, but am left hungry after one at Brixx. The Mt. Pleasant location of Mellow is not one of the better the chain has to offer I agree.
Never commented on the bartender except to relay what I was told. Have always had good to decent service at the bar there. I will add that when they were planning there latest beer festival, they seemed more worried about covering the cost of the kegs than actually getting beer people wanted to try; needless to say, I didn't attend. I was at the first festival they ever had and it was a good production for that time in SC beer history.
On your beer selections, they all seem like good beers for a standard bar. Optimator has been on tap until recently at Disney (so not that rare of a find), and Weihenstephan is fairly common although very good. What took up the other taps, you don't mention that?? No excuse for empty taps, sorry I will draw the line there. You say they are always full, but yet until I stopped going (over a year ago), there was always taps missing and my post was kind of the last straw. I was told by the bartender that they had no room to store spare kegs.
On the wine, I wouldn't call it a list as much as here are the handful of plonk we have available. I also am a Wine Guru.
I will probably amble in there to see if anything has really changed, and I can always go over to Fosters for a beer if they haven't. I did peak in the window last time I was at Fuji and did not notice any taps that drew me in.
After reading the crappy review by Aleyeast, i had to comment. Brixx is great for what it is. And as far as the comparison between mt pleasant and the nc locations, mt pleasant is a much smaller and more family oriented market. Despite this, brixx in mt pleasant still consistently has a better beer selection than all of the charlotte area locations i've been to. I will agree that the food at mt pleasant is not as consistent as the charlotte locales but still good. And if you want to pay a ton and have worse service, i agree with aleyeast, give mellow mushroom your business. Aleyeast probably needs to give brixx another try. Beer Guru may be a bit of an overstatement.
Bartender is always very knowledgeable. Beer selection is great, much better than any of the nc locations. You must have caught them on a bad day. In fact, despite the casual setting, their bartenders beat the hell out of most of the service we get at the " fine dining" and more pricey restaurants downtown and elsewhere in charleston. I tried their sampler this last time i was in and had spaten optimator, hop art ipa, mojo ipa, and a german hefe weinstepher...not sure of the spelling. They have always, at least when i've been in, had all tap handles full and always a really great and varied selection of beer.
Love the pizzas and salads. Sandwiches and pastas leave something to be desired. The sandwiches are actually great, but they need to do something about the side dishes. We go in there often and service is usually pretty good...again not expecting fine dining when i'm paying 10 dollars an entree. Best bet is sitting at the bar as is the case in most restaurants. The only negative I consistently see at brixx is a really boring wine list and a lack of any management presence in the front of the restaurant.
I am extreemly disapointed in your cole slaw. Please check it now before someone gets sick- I discarded mine- everything else ws great.
A Dough Re Mi is back and the food is better than ever. This place is an East Cooper classic. Try the White Album with pesto as the base sauce rather than ricotta. Thumpin'! The Damn Yankee (mushrooms, pep and sausage) is awesome, too.
$8 for a pint of DIPA is not that outrageous these days. $4, on the other hand, is insanely low. I'd question you finding a pint of Boy King for $4 anywhere, ever. The same could be said for whatever DFH or New Belgium beer you had, it depends entirely on which one it was.
At $5/pint for run-of-the mill stuff like Somersault or Hop Sun or whatnot, as well as 32/50 and HopArt, they are spot on. At $8 for BT Blackbeerd or Boy King, they are still spot on, IMO. Craft ain't cheap.
I love EVO, especially their employees, the Pestachio Pesto pizza, and the amazing chocolate, but I must agree 100% on the out of control beer prices. I paid $8 last year for a Coast Boy King pint, then the next week went around the corner to Sesame and paid $4 for the exact same thing. I've also paid $8 for Dogfish Head before, which is ridiculous (as are the New Belgium prices). I love going there for the ambience, food, and people, but it's turned into a special occasion restaurant rather than a neighborhood craft beer hangout.
YUM...as a restaurant owner with knowledge of pizza, this place is FANTASTIC.I have no problem traveling from James Is for the Pork Trifecta.The whole experience with a wood fired oven approaching temps of 1100 degrees (or greater) is the contrast between the charred exterior vs the sweet, yeasty interior.Basically pizza is $1 an inch anywhere.By the time you order from a "chain" plus delivery charge& toppings, it's $1 an inch.If you go to a place that makes their own toppings, sauces, etc your still spending $1 an inch.Are you really getting your moneys worth at DomiPapaHut?????Support your local pizza joint.EVO is worth it.LOVE!
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