It was time for dinner and we didn’t feel like cooking… We didn’t want to stray too far from home so we discussed our options. It dawned on us that we hadn’t been back to this particular pizza restaurant in a long time, primarily because we prefer a crispy thin crust pizza…
Pizzeria Venti has been in Vonore Tennessee for many years now. Apparently they are appreciated by lots of customers in the surrounding area. Pizzeria Venti advertises itself as “America’s only Authentic Sliceria”.
What I just learned was that Pizzeria Venti is a franchise operation. Currently they just operate a few locations but you will soon be able to find one or more of these restaurants in Tennessee, Georgia, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, Wyoming, California and Alabama.
The inside of Pizzeria Venti is spacious bordering on cavernous. Customers order at the counter and they bring the food to your table.
So what is a ‘sliceria’? You can actually order whatever pizza you want by the slice with your choice of toppings… They also serve whole and half pizza pies, a couple of appetizers, a nice variety of salads, 6 different baked pastas, stuffed pizza pies, soup and a few sides.
I also discovered another number of surprises on the menu! There was a selection of Italian seafood dishes available. These entrees include tilapia, salmon, shrimp, clams, mussels, crawfish tails and mahi mahi. These entrees include a side salad and fresh rolls. Prices for these offerings range from $13.95 to $15.95.
So I ordered one of the entrees. This was my nice side salad with Italian salad dressing. FYI, the popular house salad dressing is a Vidalia onion based creation.
My fresh roll was really a small loaf of bread. (I’d already eaten 2 pieces of bread before Laurie reminded me to take a picture) The olive oil dipping sauce was loaded with pesto. My only issue was that I’d like a bit of garlic in the mix…
I’d ordered the Pesce in Cartoccio. ($14.95) There were 2 tilapia filets baked in a parchment pouch with lemon, capers, fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil and then served with roasted red potatoes. It was a nice meal and a pleasant surprise too!
Laurie was going to order 3 slices of pizza with pepperoni and sausage but the counter attendant/server told us that it would be cheaper to order a half pizza and we’d get more for our money as well. This half pizza cost $9.38!
Pizzeria Venti’s pizza is not traditional American pizza. The crust is a little thicker and it absorbs some of the flavor and moisture. The ingredients are of a high quality and their crusts are simply made with Extra Virgin olive oil, imported Italian water, salt, flour and yeast. Laurie let me have a slice of her pizza and we both agreed that it was very nice…We took half of it home!
Pizzeria Venti is located at 916 US Hwy. 411 South in Vonore Tennessee. Phone: 423-884-3620. They are open from lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and from 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for dinner!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave