June 1, 2015 |

Places that Rock: Five Points Pizza / Mozzeria / Pizzeria Verita

By Denise Greer

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Five Points Pizza

1012 Woodland St.
Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 915-4174

Five_Points_Pizza_Nashville40COURTESYFive Points boasts Nashville’s only late-night, walk-up slice window in the historic district of East Nashville. Its beer list features 16 local and regional drafts. The pizzeria keeps its menu simple and serves pizza, salads, garlic knots, stromboli and cannoli. Its New York-style pizza has received back-to-back “best of” honors in Nashville. Five Points offers daily slices like the Meatball Pie (meatballs, mushroom, black olive, banana pepper and gorgonzola) featured recently. Of the 18 whole pies menued, the Zeus features pepperoni, spicy capicola, black olives, banana peppers, red onion and feta (18-inch for $23). There is also Dave’s Pie topped with prosciutto di Parma, fresh basil and extra Pecorino Romano (18-inch for $24).


Pizzeria Verita

156 St. Paul St.
Burlington, Vermont
(802) 489-5644

With the warmer weather, Verita offers an indoor/outdoor feel with its open shutter doors.
Attention to detail is evident through its sleek, modern and relaxed décor and its focused menu. The antipasti options have received rave reviews. The Burrata Antipasto features lightly seasoned Maplebrook burrata garnished with arugula and fig jam and served with focaccia ($11). On weekends, Verita pays tribute to Frank Pepe with its Clam Pie (fresh whole belly clams, garlic, Pecorino Romano, oregano and EVOO for $18). The Polpette di Tacchino features Stonewood Farms turkey meatballs, San Marzano tomatoes, cremini mushrooms, fior di latte, pecorino and fresh basil ($17).


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3228 16th St.
San Francisco, California
(415) 489-0963

Mozzeria’s Mobile Pizza Trolley is an iconic piece of the Bay Area and complements the brick-and-mortar restaurant. Melody and Russ Stein opened Mozzeria in 2011. It is one of the country’s only deaf owned and operated restaurants to a mostly hearing clientele. The phone doesn’t ring at Mozzeria. Instead a system of visually pleasing LED lights throughout the restaurant notifies staff of incoming calls. The Mission District pizzeria offers a variety of small plates, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and house-made desserts. Small plates include a Charcuterie Plate ($15). The pizza menu features the Raicchi with gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella, truffle honey, pea and almond ($17) and the Peking Duck with hoisin, spring onion, sesame seed and cucumber ($20).