Omnivore - Vesuvius to open next Friday (maybe)
All house pies are named after volcanoes
We had a great dinner at Noni's (357 Edgewood Ave., 404-343-1808) last night. Owner-chef Matt Rupert has added a bowl of squid piccata to the starters and it's a really refreshing alternative to the usual fried calamari.
Wayne ordered the squid before an entree of farfalle with an anchovy-lemon sauce. I had my usual: a Caesar salad followed by the chicken-eggplant parmesan.
Matt is among the owners of the new Pizzeria Vesuvius (327 Edgewood Ave., 404-343-4404), which is replacing the Bureau in the next block. Also involved are the owners of Grant Central and Thumbs Up, along with Chris Lopez, one of the Bureau's owners.
They hope to open by next Friday. The restaurant features a wood-burning brick oven. The pizza will be thin-crusted but more mainstream than the pies at Antico Napoleatana, Varasano's and Fritti, according to Matt. They are targeting students at nearby Georgia State University. Diners will be able to build their own pizzas or order one of the house pies, all of which are named after volcanoes.