Savannah Garden Exposition – April 15-16, 2011
Preview Party and Silent Auction – Thursday, April 14, 2011
Where would you go for the Best Pizza in Savannah? You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of pizza. As a kid, when everyone else claimed their favorite food to be pizza, I talked of my love for…broccoli. I know. I’m a weirdo.
But Vinnie Van Go Go’s has made me a believer. Located conveniently in the heart of City Market, Vinnie’s is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Savannah. Whenever Kolin and I have visitors, we make it a point to let them experience the best pizza in town. If you couple this with some great beers on tap and the best people watching vantage points from the sidewalk tables… well you have a Saturday night made for socializing.
I always order the white pizza with pepperoni and banana peppers. Kol prefers the pesto pizza. Teresa (the “boss”) prefers lots of fresh veggies (spinach, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes) and can do without the meat, while Jake (Mr. Boss) likes his loaded with spicy Italian sausage garlic and extra cheese. But you honestly can’t go wrong, whatever you decide. Oh, before I forget, they also make delish Calzone stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, garlic, and herbs, served with a side of marinara sauce.
While the food is great, one of my favorite things about Vinnie’s is getting to see them prepare the pies. I sit in awe as they spin the dough; I could watch it for hours! Of course, there is a small side of me that wants to see the pie fall, flat, on the spinner’s upturn face.
Whether you order a whole pie or snag a single slice (which is so big you can share it with a friend), head to City Market, or have it delivered; just make sure to add Vinnie Van Go Go’s to your itinerary!
I’ve never been a fan of waiting…for anything. But in order to get a seat at Savannah’s ever-popular Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room on West Jones, I had to. However, once I reached the table overflowing with Southern delights, I forgot all about my wait and dug in eagerly.
Kolin (you know, Azalea Inn’s chef…and my man-candy AKA husband) and I had been to Mrs. Wilkes’ for my birthday last year and couldn’t wait to share the experience with some of our family and friends. So, when his mom and sister came for an extended weekend, we made sure to make time for it. A line forms early every weekday (they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as the ENTIRE month of January) until the doors open at 11 am. Folks are shuffled in and seated as tables become available. Strangers share a HUGE Southern meal family-style and are friends by dessert, a tradition begun when the restaurant was a boarding house.
President Obama dined at Mrs. Wilkes’ this past year and the lucky patrons on-hand had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While we can’t guarantee that you will dine with THE President, you just never know who might be sharing a table with you; after all, Savannah is a premiere filming destination. You could be eating with the likes of Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Julia Roberts (Something to Talk About), Will Smith (The Legend of Bagger Vance), and let’s not forget Robert Redford sightings during the recent filming of The Conspirator.
Mrs. Wilkes’ is definitely one of my favorite places to eat in the low-country (and may very well top my list). Come with a hearty appetite and schedule time for a nap after!
Distinctive bed and breakfast lodging for the April NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens of Savannah Georgia is best savored at Azalea Inn and Gardens, also a select property on this year’s tour. We were honored with the invitation to be a part of the Garden Club of Savannah’s annual fund-raising event, and Jake, of course, was ecstatic! Despite the heavy freezes (and subsequent loss of vegetation) we have experienced this year, he barely blinked as he assured me that we would be ready by the scheduled dates, April 29 and 30, 2011. True to his meticulous nature, Jake has begun working on a map of the grounds marking the locations of the different flora and fauna so we can have identifying signs throughout making the tour of our gardens even more enlightening.
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