Butter bean salad, farm-fresh eggs as a pizza topping, clams casino for an appetizer? Monza is not your typical American pizza place. Indeed, these folks are helping reinvent America’s favorite food by going back to the mother land, topping thin artisanal crust with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Don’t expect to order a pep and cheese and be done with it. Here, the choices are different. You can get the Fangio with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, housemade sausage, jalapeños, and onions, or you opt for the Count Louis, a classic combo of roasted mushrooms and Italian pepperoni (with an egg cracked on top, you can’t beat it). The daily specials can range from a crowder pea and corn salad to a pizza topped with arugula, heirloom tomatoes, and spring onions. You can also take the wheel and create your own pizza from a list of high-quality toppings. No matter what you get, it’ll probably be pretty great with a limoncello cocktail. Ciao bella. —Stephanie Barna, Dish (Winter 2013)
Neapolitan style pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven and served in a stylishly casual setting.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner
Hours: L&D, daily