Anyone who’s tried nailing an oven-fresh pizza pie to a wall knows that pizza looks better briefly propped on a five-finger pedestal. Put pizza back where it performs best with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of wood-fired pizza, calzones, paninis, and pasta at Pizza Volante, located in the west end of the design district.
Pizza Volante's meat-and-cheese disks are fired to Roman-style crispy perfection in a wood-burning oven. The signature Volante pie is a margherita, stacked with prosciutto di parma and sun-dried tomatoes ($16). Dissolve the sea's ionic bonds with a Sicilian-sea-salted circle (marinara, garlic, anchovies, Sicilian sea salt, $12) or touch multiple types of cheese on the Bianca, crafted with fontina, chenel goat cheese, arugula, thyme, local cow's milk mozzarella, and bufala milk mozzarella ($15). As a mozzarella bar, Volante champions the soft, milky ropes and curdles; choose a type of mozzarella to try (Burrata D.O.P costs $15, locally made cow's milk varieties cost $8) and accompany it with zucchini salad, Florida tomatoes, olives, capers, organic arugula, and more. Salads, sandwiches, paninis, and a weekly changing selection of pasta (try gnocchi Bolognese for $12 on Sundays) round out Pizza Volante's menu into a melty cheese wheel rolling down a marinara hill and leaving rich cheese deposits in its wake.
The New York Times calls Pizza Volante's décor "industrial-chic"; chalkboard menus line the white walls, factory-esque lights dip from the ceilings, and clean lines accentuate the dishes' and drinks' simple yet striking flavors. Sip an imported glass from France, Italy, New Zealand, or Argentina while sitting at the windowside countertop in the early afternoon as the sun strikes through the large plate-glass windows and bathes the space in light, aiding digestion by tickling the retinas. Eighteen bottled wines are available for less than $18 each.
- The lights are bright, the tables are communal, and the gently priced pies and wine (all bottles are under $18) are divine. – New York Times
- I'll put my dollar down for the grub at Volante anytime, I co sign their pizza 100%. – Jacob Katel, New Times
- Very nice, very helpful staff. – Gemelli_gigglez, TripAdvisor